Once again Blue Star Museums is offering free admission to the nation’s service members, including National Guard and Reserve, and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Each year we go to a few of these and they are always excellent. I’m excited because Portland had not really had anyone participate and this year at least four Portland museums are participating. 

This year, more than 2,000 museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the program. 

This year’s Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and dozens of children’s museums. Among this year’s new participants are the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, Florida, the Duluth Children’s Museum in Minnesota, the Space Station Museum in Novato, California, and the Lyon Arboretum at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.

A full list of participating museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

Museums Participating That We Love


Walt Disney Museum in San Francisco

New Jersey

Liberty Science Center in Jersey City near NYC

New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC


Texas State Capitol in Austin

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