California Blue Star Museums

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America. Each summer since 2010, Blue Star Museums have offered free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve. For more information on Blue Star Museums, please see the Frequently Asked Questions

Blue Star Museums 2021 will begin on Armed Forces Day, May 15, 2021.

If you have questions or would like to be contacted at that time, please email

Check out this fun guide to help you plan and prepare for YOUR Family’s Blue Star Museum Outings!

Blue Star Museums Parent Toolkit: A Guide for Before, During, and After Your Family Trip to the Museum (created by Blue Star Families.)

We at the SPG Family Adventure Network say THANK YOU, from the bottom of our hearts, for your service and your sacrifice.

2021 Participating Museums


Gilb Museum of Arcadia HeritageArcadia, CA
Bakersfield Museum of ArtBakersfield, CA
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film ArchiveBerkeley, CA
Bonita Museum & Cultural CenterBonita, CA
Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum (MECM)Carlsbad, CA
International Printing MuseumCarson, CA
Yanks Air MuseumChino, CA
California Botanic GardenClaremont, CA
Coronado Historical AssociationCoronado, CA
Manzanar National Historic SiteIndependence, CA
Laguna Art MuseumLaguna Beach, CA
San Joaquin County Historical MuseumLodi, CA
Rancho Los CerritosLong Beach, CA
Getty Center MuseumLos Angeles, CA
Hammer MuseumLos Angeles, CA
Japanese American National MuseumLos Angeles, CA
The Cobra ExperienceMartinez, CA
Monterey Museum of ArtMonterey, CA
Oceanside Museum of ArtOceanside, CA
Ojai Valley MuseumOjai, CA
Channel Islands Maritime MuseumOxnard, CA
Getty Villa MuseumPacific Palisades, CA
San Mateo County Historical AssociationRedwood City, CA
March Field Air MuseumRiverside, CA
California MuseumSacramento, CA
Crocker Art MuseumSacramento, CA
Sacramento History MuseumSacramento, CA
Hiller Aviation MuseumSan Carlos, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art San DiegoSan Diego, CA
Museum of Photographic ArtsSan Diego, CA
New Children’s MuseumSan Diego, CA
San Diego Museum of ArtSan Diego, CA
Visions Art MuseumSan Diego, CA
Asian Art MuseumSan Francisco, CA
Walt Disney Family MuseumSan Francisco, CA
History San JoseSan Jose, CA
San Jose Museum of ArtSan Jose, CA
CuriOdysseySan Mateo, CA
Cabrillo Marine AquariumSan Pedro, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art Santa BarbaraSanta Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara Museum of ArtSanta Barbara, CA
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural HistorySanta Cruz, CA
Museum of Sonoma CountySanta Rosa, CA
Elverhoj Museum of History & ArtSolvang, CA
Sonoma Valley Museum of ArtSonoma, CA
Cantor Arts Center at Stanford UniversityStanford, CA
Haggin MuseumStockton, CA
Western Museum of FlightTorrance, CA
Truckee-Donner Historical SocietyTruckee, CA
Truckee-Donner Historical Society / Old Jail MuseumTruckee, CA
Truckee-Donner Railroad SocietyTruckee, CA
Vallejo Naval and Historical MuseumVallejo, CA
Richard Nixon Presidential Library and MuseumYorba Linda, CA

Blue Star Museums By State

Alabama Alaska Arizona
Arkansas California Colorado
Connecticut Delaware Florida
Georgia Hawaii Idaho
Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas
Kentucky Louisiana
Maine Maryland
Michigan Minnesota
 Mississippi Missouri
Montana Nebraska Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey New Mexico
New York  
North Carolina North Dakota
Ohio Oklahoma Oregon
Rhode Island 
South Carolina South Dakota
Tennessee Texas Utah 
Vermont Virginia  
Washington West Virginia 
Wisconsin Wyoming  
Washington D.C.
Puerto Rico
US Virgin Islands

Thank You For Your Service!