Blue Star Museums in Arizona

Active Military? Enjoy Free Museums With Your Family All Summer

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••• Image Courtesy National Endowment for the Arts

The Blue Star Museums initiative is a partnership among Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts, and more than 2,000 museums across America. First launched in the summer of 2010, Blue Star Museums offers free admission to active-duty military personnel and their spouses and children. In addition to children's museums participating museums represent a broad range of art, history, science, and cultural topics.

Blue Star Museums is a "thank you" to our military personnel and their families for their service and sacrifice. It also affords military families a way to spend quality time together, without worrying about the budget.

When are the museums offering free admission?

From Memorial Day through Labor Day. In 2017, that's from May 29 through September 4.

Who gets into the museums for free under the Blue Star Museums program?

Free admission to participating museums 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 and up to five immediate family members. Here is the chart of acceptable IDs to obtain free admission. Some special or limited-time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program.

Please call the specific museum to see if any special programs are excluded.

Which museums in the Phoenix area are participating?

Museums in Chandler, Phoenix, Mesa, Apache Junction and Wickenburg have opted into the Blue Star Museums program.

Arizona Science Center, Phoenix

The Heard Museum, Phoenix

Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix

Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park, Phoenix

Arizona Railway Museum, Chandler

i.d.e.a. Museum, Mesa

Mesa Historical Museum, Mesa

Rosson House-Heritage Square Foundation, Phoenix

Superstition Mountain Museum, Apache Junction

Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg

How about the Rest of Arizona?

If you'll be visiting other areas of our beautiful state this summer, plan a stop at one of the following museums that are Blue Star Museums.

Northern Arizona

Lake Havasu Museum of History, Lake Havasu City

Nohwike' Bagowa Museum, Fort Apache

Northern Gila County Historical Society, Payson

Phippen Museum, Prescott

Southern Arizona

Amerind Museum, Dragoon

Arizona History Museum, Tucson

Arizona State Museum, Tucson

Downtown History Museum, Tucson

Fort Lowell Museum, Tucson

The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, Tucson

Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson

Tohono Chul Park, Tucson

Tucson Desert Art Museum, Tucson

Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson

Traveling this summer? There are Blue Star Museums all over the country.

Check this map to see which museums in other states are participating in this summer's Blue Star Museums program.

What else do I need to know?

  1. You can visit as many participating museums as you'd like during the program period.
  2. A maximum of five family members (spouse, children, aunts, uncles, grandparents) in addition to the military ID holder may get free admission under this program.
  3. Children under the age of 10 without military ID are welcome to attend with their parents who have appropriate military ID.
  1. If your spouse is currently deployed your spouse and children can still participate in the program. Just bring your DD Form 1173 ID Card, or DD Form 1173-1 ID Card, for active duty military family members.

What if I have more questions?

Visit Blue Star Museums online or contact a participating museum directly.

All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.