Blue Star Museum Program – Free Admission for Active Duty Military & Families
Blue Star Museums is once again offering free admission to museums around the country for active duty military, National Guard & Reserve military personnel and up to 5 family members. This offer is available from Saturday May 15, 2021 (Armed Forces Day) through Monday, September 6, 2021 (Labor Day). This is a great opportunity to check out local museums you have been wanting to visit as well as consider visiting museums on any road trip or vacations you are taking this summer as a great way to save money & make it a more frugal vacation.
There aren’t quite as many participating museums as there were in the past, but there are still some good ones like Museum of Flight, Seattle Art Museum, Portland Art Museum, Museum of Glass in Tacoma & more. You can find participating museums by state here. They list 24 museums for WA area & 19 around Oregon.
Here are a few of the participating NW museums:
- Burke Museum, Seattle
- Pacific Bonsai Museum (this is at the Rhododendron Gardens in Federal Way)
- Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma
- Lakewold Gardens, Lakewood
- High Desert Museum, Bend
- Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, The Dalles
- Columbia River Maritime Museum, Astoria
Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and thousands of museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families.
The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserve, as well as members of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps – and up to five family members. A family member of active duty military may include a spouse or child, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc.