Blue Star Museums Launches Another Summer of Free Admission for Military Families

The National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families has announced museums across America that will be participating in the Blue Star Museums program this summer, including four in Jackson.

A man in military uniform holds a child while looking at art
Credit: National Endowment for the Arts

Participating Jackson Museums include the Eudora Welty House and Garden, International Museum Of Muslim Cultures, Mississippi Museum Of Art and the Two Mississippi Museums (MS Civil Rights Museum and Museum of MS History).

The program runs from May 21, 2022—Armed Forces Day—to September 5, 2022—Labor Day.

The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military—Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, and Space Force, members of the Reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), DD Form 1173-1 ID card or the Next Generation Uniformed Services (Real) ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.

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.

This year’s list once again includes museums from all 50 states, District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.