This post was most recently updated on June 3rd, 2018
Each summer museums participating in the Blue Star Museums program offer free admission to active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Active duty families include active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve. For 2018 the free admission starts May 28 and runs through September 4,2018 . For 2018, the estimate is over 2,000 museums, zoos and gardens in the US will offer free admission during this time!
When in Doubt if a Museum or Attraction is Part of Blue Star Museums, Call!
Sometimes museums are offering the discounts, but their information has not been updated on the Blue Star Museum web site, so it is always best to call a museum to confirm. Also ask what other discounts may be offered.
I’ve listed the names of the Blue Star Museums in the San Francisco Bay area here, you can visit the Blue Star Museum site to find museums in your local area or where you might be visiting during the summer.
San Francisco Bay Area Blue Star Museums
Antioch Historical Society and Museum
Lawrence Hall of Science
UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
Hayward Area Historical Society
Monterey Museum of Art
di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art
Hamilton Field History Museum
Marin Museum of Contemporary Art
The Space Station Museum
Petaluma Historical Library & Museum
| Redwood City
San Mateo County History Museum
| San Francisco
California Historical Society
Children’s Creativity Museum
Chinese Historical Society of America
de Young Museum
Legion of Honor
Museum of Craft and Design
The Walt Disney Family Museum
History San Jose
Japanese American Museum of San Jose
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art
San Jose Museum of Art
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
|Stanford (Palo Alto)
Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University
Hoover Institution Library & Archives
Mare Island Museum
Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
Lindsay Wildlife Experience
According to the Blue Star Museum site, the free admission program is available to:
any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military-Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps and up to five family members. Some special or limited-time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program. For questions on particular exhibits or museums, please contact the museum directly.