Blue Star Museums

Blue Star Museum’s Program


This wonderful program is a collaboration between the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve.

Participant Requirements

The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes:

  • Active duty U.S. Military
  • Activated members of the National Guard and Reserve
  • U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps
  • NOAA Commissioned Corps
  • Up to five family members

Some special or limited-time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program. For questions on particular exhibits or museums, please contact the museum directly.


While a majority of our programs are open to veteran and retired communities, free admission to participating museums is currently available for active duty families with a valid ID. Many museums offer discounts and specials for military families at all levels. Check with your museum choice for current admission and events.

Many Colorado Museums offer FREE admission or discounts for Seniors, college students, children under a certain age, etc. Each museum info-marker in our Google Maps displays a link to their website and phone number. Contact museums for more information.

2018 Program Notes

The Blue Star Museum program runs for the summer months only. Free winter museum access is up to individual museums. Please call or visit a website for more information. Each of our Google Map info-markers displays a phone number and website link. There are a handful of museums that may display both.

The 2018 museum list may have changed throughout the summer as museums signed up or left the Blue Star Museum Program.

2018 Program Notes for Museums

Museums interested in participating in Blue Star Museums in summer 2018 should email to  Please note: Even if your museum has participated in the past, you must sign up again to participate in 2018.

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