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Free: Admission To Blue Star Museums For Active Military And Their Families

More than 1,000 Blue Star Museums across the county are offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families this summer.  The program begins on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30 and runs through Labor Day, Sept. 5.

The Blue Star Museums program, a partnership among Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts and more than 1,000 museums across America, was started in 2010.

The free admission program 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, including those stamped URW and DB. These include active duty military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard), National Guard and Reserve members and up to five immediate family members. For details, click here.

In St. Louis, participating musuems include the Contemporary Art Museum, the Eugene Field House, the Hawken House Museum, the Magic house and the Saint Louis Art Museum.


Missouri participating museums:

Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art St. Joseph


Andrew County Museum Savannah

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis Saint Louis

Eugene Field House St. Louis

Grundy County Museum Trenton

Hawken House Museum St. Louis

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art Kansas City

The Magic House St. Louis

Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum Hannibal

Museum of Anthropology Columbia

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum Kansas City

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Kansas City

Poplar Heights Living History Farm Butler

Powers Museum Carthage

Ralph Foster Museum Point Lookout

Saint Louis Art Museum St. Louis

Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City Kansas City

University of Missouri Museum of Art and Archaeology Columbia



Illinois participating museums:

Art Institute of Chicago Chicago

Chicago Botanic Garden Glencoe

Chicago Children’s Museum Chicago

Children’s Discovery Museum Normal

Clarke House Museum Chicago

DuPage Children’s Museum Naperville

The DuSable Museum of African American History Chicago

First Division Museum at Cantigny Wheaton

Gilman Historical Society Gilman

Glessner House Museum Chicago

Illinois State Museum Springfield

Iroquois County Historical Society

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum Chicago

Joliet Area Historical Museum Joliet

Lake County Discovery Museum Wauconda

Livingston County War Museum/Dal Estes Education Center Pontiac

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art Elmhurst

Loyola University Museum of Art Chicago

McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum Chicago

McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum Chicago

McHenry County Historical Society Union

McLean County Museum of History Bloomington

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian Evanston

The Morton Arboretum Lisle

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Chicago

Naper Settlement Naperville

National Veterans Art Museum Chicago

Orpheum Children’s Science Museum Champaign

Robert R. McCormick Museum Wheaton

Rockford Art Museum Rockford

The Schingoethe Center for Native American Cultures Aurora

Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago Chicago

Sycamore History Museum Sycamore

Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University Charleston

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens Rockford

Veterans Memorial Hall Rockford

Village of Bartlett Museums Bartlett

West Chicago City Museum West Chicago

Wheels O’ Time Museum Dunlap

To see which museums in other states are participating, click here.

Free: Museum Admission For Active Military And Their Families This Summer

Thanks to the Blue Star Museums Initiative, active duty military personnel and their families have free admission to many museums across the summer from Memorial Day through Labor Day, 2011. Here are the Missouri museums that are participating:

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