Blue Star Museums

The National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families acknowledge the hardships faced by both military families and museums due to COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution as it relates to the changing realities of how communities across the nation are experiencing and handling COVID-19, the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families have decided to cancel the Blue Star Museums free admission program for summer 2020.

Please note that the DAI continues to offer admission discounts for active military. 

The Dayton Art Institute participates in the Blue Star Museums program each summer. It is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America, that offers discounted admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel, including National Guard and Reserve, and their families, from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Blue Star Museums provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move. A list of participating museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums. The site also includes a map to help plan visits.

“Our military personnel and their families give so much to protect our country,” says DAI Director & CEO Michael R. Roediger. “Blue Star Museums is an important way for the DAI and other museums throughout the country to thank them and give something back to them. The Dayton Art Institute is proud to participate in this program.”

During the program period, the DAI offers a discounted admission rate of $5 for active military and their families. This includes admission to all Special Exhibitions, Focus Exhibitions and the DAI collection galleries. In addition, the DAI offers active duty military personnel and their families a $10 discount on the purchase of a new museum membership or membership renewal.

For more information about the Dayton Art Institute’s participation in Blue Star Museums, call 937-223-4ART (4278).

About Blue Star Museums

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. It 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, and NOAA Commissioned Corps – and up to five family members. Some special or limited-time museum exhibitions or programs may not be included. For questions on particular exhibitions or museums, please contact the museum directly. Leadership support for Blue Star Families programming and promotional materials has been provided by MetLife Foundation. To find participating museums and plan your trip, visit arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

All summer long, Blue Star Museums shares stories through social media. Follow Blue Star Museums on Twitter (@NEAarts and @BlueStarFamily, #bluestarmuseums), on Facebook, and read the NEA Art Works blog for weekly stories on participating museums and exhibitions.

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