Iowa 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


Abbie Gardner Sharp Cabin & Museum Arnolds Park, IA
Cedar Rapids Museum of ArtCedar Rapids, IA
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library Cedar Rapids, IA
Montauk Historic Site Clermont, IA
Felix Adler Children’s Discovery Center Clinton, IA
Iowa Children’s Museum Coralville, IA
Western Historic Trails Center Council Bluffs, IA
Des Moines Art CenterDes Moines, IA
State Historical Museum of Iowa Des Moines, IA
Dubuque Museum of Art Dubuque, IA
National Farm Toy Museum Dyersville, IA
American Gothic HouseEldon, IA
Matthew Edel Blacksmith Shop Haverhill, IA
Plum Grove Historic Home Iowa City, IA
Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Association Mount Pleasant, IA
Restored Burlington Northern Depot & WWII Memorial Museum Red Oak, IA
Everly Brothers Childhood HomeShenandoah, IA
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum Walcott, IA
Toolesboro Mounds National Historic Landmark Wapello, IA
Grout Museum District Waterloo, IA
Des Moines Children’s Museum West Des Moines, IA

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!