Free museum admission is not just for kids in the summer months. More than 2000 museums across the country have joined the Blue Star initiative, offering free admission to active military personnel and their families* all summer long, from Memorial Day (Monday May 29 through Labor Day (Monday September 4). Spread the word; if you don't have active military in your own family, let your friends know that from the Automobile Driving Museum to the Santa Monica Aquarium and a whole slew in between, the men and women who protect all of our families can treat their families this summer.
Blue Star offers LA families plenty of options to ensure a fun-filled summer, including the Autry Museum of the American West, the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, Skirball Cultural Center, and the Zimmer Children's Museum.
Planning a road trip? Be sure to include stops at San Diego's New Children's Museum, Berkley's Habitot Children's Museum or San Francisco's Children's Creativity Museum. And for those traveling even further, participating institutions can be found in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
Participating LA Area Museums 2017
The Bunny Museum
Catalina Island Museum
The International Printing Museum
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
The Wende Museum and Archive of the Cold War Inc.
Automobile Driving Museum
La Cañada Flintridge
Laguna Art Museum
Autry Museum of the American West
Go For Broke Education Center
Heritage Square Museum
Japanese American National Museum
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
MOCA ( Los Angeles)
Museum of Tolerance
Skirball Cultural Center
Zimmer Children's Museum
Ojai Valley Museum
Carnegie Art Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum
Norton Simon Museum
Pasadena Museum of History
Pasadena Museum of California Art
American Museum of Ceramic Art
Southern California Medical Museum
March Field Air Museum
Riverside Art Museum
Surfing Heritage & Culture Center
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Los Angeles Maritime Museum
Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
California Heritage Museum
Heal the Bay's Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
Santa Monica History Museum
Toyota USA Automobile Museum
Western Museum of Flight aka Southern California Historical Aviation Foundation
Museum of Ventura County
Drum Barracks Civil War Museum
The Banning Museum
Questions? The Blue Star website answers basic FAQs of the program.
* up to five family members.
Originally published May 22, 2012
Top photo shows The Brower family from Dyess, AFB visiting a Blue Star Museum. Photo courtesy of the Grace Museum