Blue Star Museums is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families, in collaboration with the Department of Defense and museums across America, offering free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve. The initiative began in 2010 as an effort to improve the quality of life for active duty military families, especially focusing on the approximately two million children who have had at least one parent deployed since 2001.
“The Defense Department is grateful to the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and museums across the country who participate in this program,” said Mrs. Patricia Barron, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Military Community and Family Policy. “As an Army spouse who raised three very creative children, I know the importance of these enriching experiences to the lives of military families. Improving the quality of life for our nation’s service members and their families through programs like Blue Star Museums ultimately leads to increased readiness among our service members.” Learn more.
Image credit: Military families at Pearl Harbor National Memorial during a Blue Star Museums event in 2019. Photo by Brandyn Liu. From NEA.