Updated for 2020
The Blue Star Museum program has been suspended for the summer of 2020. It would normally begin in May and run through Labor Day weekend.
This is the program’s statement, from its website:
The National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families acknowledge the hardships faced by both military families and museums due to COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution as it relates to the changing realities of how communities across the nation are experiencing and handling COVID-19, the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families have decided to cancel the Blue Star Museums free admission program for summer 2020.
We wish to thank all the museums who registered with the program and look forward to working with you next summer to welcome active military members and their families to your museum in a bigger and better-than-ever program in 2021.
Through the Blue Star Museums program, families of active military members can enjoy FREE admission at over 2,000 venues nationwide — including 14 in the Atlanta metro area. The program is made possible through collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts.
This is a summer program. In 2019, the program begins on Saturday, May 18th (Armed Forces Day) and continues through Monday, September 2 (Labor Day).
Nationwide, participating venues include children’s museums, fine art museums, history and science centers, zoos, and nature centers.
Who is included?
The free admission program is open to active-duty military personnel, including:
- Air Force
- Marine Corps
- Coast Guard
- National Guard
- U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps
- NOAA Commissioned Corps
The active-duty member does NOT have to present for families to get the free admission deal. A spouse or other family member is also eligible, with a military family ID card.
The military ID holder may bring up to five family members for free. A family member of active duty military may include a spouse or child, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc.
The Blue Star Museums program does NOT include veterans, retired military personnel, or spouses/children of deceased military personnel. It was designed to support families of those who are actively deployed. However, you can contact a museum directly to find out what kinds of military discounts it offers to veterans and retirees.
NOTE: In some cases, a venue might exclude special exhibits or traveling exhibits from the free admission program.
Accepted forms of ID
The Blue Star Museums website mandates one of the following ID types:
Participating Blue Star Museums in Atlanta
There is no limit to how many free visits you can make, if you qualify for the Blue Star Museums program.
If you’re traveling, you can find a list of venues by state online.
In the Atlanta metro area, these are the venues participating: