Looking for family vacation ideas?
Visit KiDiMu and over 2000 other museums nationwide which offer the Blue Star Museums program!
Bainbridge Island Historical Museum and the new Bainbridge Island Museum of Art also participate in the program – the museums are located downtown, within a walking distance from KiDiMu! See the current list of this year’s participants.
From executive director Susie Burdick:
“Kids Discovery Museum is honored to be a returning participant of the Blue Star Museums initiative and express our gratitude to military families for their service. We are thrilled to be joined by our community partners and neighbors, the art and historical museums, and offer a wider variety of cultural and educational enrichment opportunities to military families this summer.”
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Provided by NEA
What is Blue Star Museums?
Blue Star Museums is a program that offers free admission to museums for active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Blue Star Museums is a partnership among Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts, and more than 2000 museums across America to offer free admission to families with a parent or spouse serving during this time of combat, especially focusing on the approximately one million children who have had at least one parent deployed. This program offers these families a chance to visit museums this summer when many will have limited resources and limited time to be together.
Which Museums are Participating?
More than 2,000 museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are participating in Blue Star Museums. These include children’s museums, fine art museums, history and science museums, and nature centers. For the complete list, click here.
Who is Eligible for Free Museum Admission through Blue Star Museums?
Spouse or child of active duty military or active duty military family member. 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 military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard), National Guard and Reserve members, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps – and up to five immediate family members.
How do you Define a Family Member?
A family member of active duty military may include a spouse or child, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc.
How Many Military Personnel and/or Family Members are Allowed in for Free per Visit?
The military ID holder plus up to five family members.
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.
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.
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.
Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among 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 families with a member serving during the time of combat, especially focusing on the approximately 1 million children who have had at least one parent deployed. This program offers these families a chance to visit museums this summer when many will have limited resources and limited time to be together.
Does KiDiMu Offer Other Discounts to Military Families?
Yes, all year round, KiDiMu offers discounts on admission ($1 OFF) and memberships ($10 OFF) to all military personnel (also veterans) with a valid ID and their immediate families.
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.
Who are the National Partners of Blue Star Museums?
Blue Star Museums is a partnership among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families – an organization which raises awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life — and more than 2,000 museums. To learn more about Blue Star Families, please visit BlueStarFam.org.