Illinois 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


Addison Historical Museum Addison, IL
McLean County Museum of History / Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center Bloomington, IL
Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, IL
Chicago History Museum Chicago, IL
Museum of Contemporary Art ChicagoChicago, IL
C.H. Moore Homestead DeWitt County Museum Clinton, IL
Wheels O’ Time Museum Dunlap, IL
Elgin History Museum Elgin, IL
Mitchell Museum of the American Indian Evanston, IL
Galena & U.S. Grant Museum Galena, IL
Kankakee County Museum Kankakee, IL
Seattle Sutton Marseilles Museum Marseilles, IL
Mendota Museum & Historical Society Mendota, IL
Cedarhurst Center for the Arts Mount Vernon, IL
Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary ArtOak Brook, IL
Reddick Mansion AssociationOttawa, IL
Peoria Riverfront Museum Peoria, IL
Poplar Grove Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum Poplar Grove, IL
Cernan Earth and Space Center at Triton College River Grove, IL
Karpeles Manuscript Library MuseumRock Island, IL
Wood Library-Museum of AnesthesiologySchaumburg, IL
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center Skokie, IL
Illinois State Museum Springfield, IL
Air Classics Museum of Aviation Sugar Grove, IL
McHenry County Historical Society Union, IL
LaSalle County Historical Society Utica, IL
Westmont Park DistrictWestmont, IL

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!