Blue Star Museums
The Valdez Museum & Historical Archive joins the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and 2,000 art exhibits, science centers, and museums across America to offer free admission to all active-duty military personnel and their families during the summer months. Active duty military include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and active duty National Guard plus active duty Reserve members. Now in its 10th year, the program has a new start date of Saturday, May 18, 2019, Armed Forces Day. It ends on Monday, September 2, 2019, Labor Day.
Blue Star Museums began as a pilot partnership to offer free admission to families with a parent or spouse serving during this time of combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, especially focusing on the approximately 1 million children who have had at least one parent deployed. The program offers these families a chance to visit museums this summer when many will have limited resources and limited time to be together.
Have some questions about the Blue Star Museum Program
What if my spouse is deployed? Can my family and I still participate?
Yes, spouses of deployed military are eligible for Blue Star Museums. Just bring your DD Form 1173 ID Card, or DD Form 1173-1 ID Card, for active duty military family members.
How many military personnel and/or family members are allowed in for free per visit?
The military ID holder plus up to five immediate family members–spouse or child of ID holder.
What if my child is under the age of 10 and doesn’t yet have a military ID?
Children under the age of 10 without military ID are welcome to attend with their parents who either hold a Geneva Convention Common Access Card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID Card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID Card. And as always, children age 12 and under always receive free admission at the Valdez Museum.
Does the Blue Star Museums program include admission for veterans and retirees? For unmarried partners? For parents with a child currently serving on active duty, or for those who have lost a child on active duty?
Admission for these individuals is not included in the scope of this program, unless they are the bearer of a Geneva Convention Common Access Card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID Card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card.
Is there a limit on the number of Blue Star Museums I can visit this summer?
No, there is no limit on the number of participating museums that eligible parties can visit.
Still have some more questions about the Blue Star Museum Program? Have a look at the NEA’s Blue Star Museum page.
To find Blue Star Museums across the United States, click here.