More than two dozen New York City museums and galleries are taking part in Blue Star Museums, made up of more than 2,000 institutions across the country that are welcoming active duty military and their families with free admission between Memorial Day on May 27 and Labor Day on September, 2, 2013. This is the fourth consecutive year that the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums have collaborated  to offer free admission to families with a member serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The goal is to offer families a chance to visit museums this summer when many will have limited resources and limited time to be together. There are approximately 1 million children in the United States who have had at least one parent deployed.

For a list of participating museums across the country, visit 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, which includes active duty U.S. military—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserve, as well as members of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps—and up to five family members. For more information, see the NEA web page for Blue Star Museums.

    American Museum of Natural History

    The largest natural history museum in the world has a mission commensurately monumental in scope. See reconstructions of dinosaurs, dioramas of mammals and ocean life in their natural habitats, meteors and glistening gems and cultural artifacts that kids literally running from one exhibition to the next. The Rose Center for Earth and Space explores the entire universe.

    Art in General

    Art in General commissions challenging projects by artists who are interested in creating new work. It commissions visual artists to create new projects in any medium or form—from painting to sculpture to performance to video to other, perhaps undefined, types of art or interdisciplinary work.

    Asia Society and Museum

    Complementing the superb art works in the museum are lectures by leading scholars and collectors in the field, musical and theatrical events and the screening of films from many Asian countries.

    Children’s Museum of Manhattan

    Through a unique environment of interactive exhibitions and programs, the museum aims to inspire children and families to learn about themselves and a culturally diverse world.

    Eyebeam Art + Technology Center

    Founded in 1997, Eyebeam exposes broad and diverse audiences to new technologies and media arts, while simultaneously establishing and demonstrating new media as a significant genre of cultural production.

    Grey Art Gallery‚ New York University

    Two exhibition spaces feature shows in virtually all aspects of the fine and applied arts: painting, sculpture, drawing and printmaking, photography, architecture, decorative arts, film, video and performance art.

    International Center of Photography Museum

    The International Center of Photography is the world’s leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture. The ICP Museum hosts up to six exhibitions annually; these focused presentations reflect the past, present and future of imagemaking. Featuring a multi-level gallery and free public space, the ICP Museum inspires fresh dialogue about images as mediums of empowerment and as catalysts for social change.The ICP School is located at 1114 Avenue of the Americas and ...

    Japan Society

    The Japan Society and Japan House showcase the fine, decorative and performing arts of Japan while also offering informative talks on the island nation. Exhibitions offer works ranging from the traditional to the contemporary.

    The Jewish Museum

    Located on Museum Mile at Fifth Avenue and 92nd Street, the Jewish Museum is one of the world's preeminent institutions devoted to exploring art and Jewish culture from ancient to contemporary, offering intellectually engaging, educational, and provocative exhibitions and programs for people of all ages and backgrounds.

    Korea Society

    This private, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with individual and corporate members is dedicated solely to the promotion of greater awareness, understanding and cooperation between the people of the United States and Korea.

    Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art

    Our mission is to exhibit, preserve and foster the creation of LGBTQ art and artists which speaks directly to a gay and lesbian experience, including erotic, political, romantic and social imagery. We embrace this rich creative history by informing, inspiring, entertaining and challenging all who enter our doors.

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art was incorporated in 1870 and moved to its present location in Central Park in 1880. It houses an encyclopedic collection of art objects from virtually all periods and continents.

    Morgan Library & Museum

    Just a short walk from Grand Central and Penn Station, the Morgan is a major exhibition venue for fine art, literature, and music, one of New York's great historic sites, and a wonderful place to dine, shop, and attend a concert or film.

    Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden

    Constructed in 1799 as a carriage house and converted into a hotel in 1826, the museum transports visitors back to the Mount Vernon Hotel, a 19th-century country resort for New Yorkers escaping the crowded city. Learn about the history of New York City on a guided tour through eight period rooms.

    Museum of American Finance

    An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the museum is the nation's only public museum dedicated to finance, entrepreneurship and the open market system.

    Museum of Arts and Design

    The museum explores how craftsmanship, art and design intersect in the visual arts today. Exhibitions focus on the ways in which contemporary artists and designers from around the world transform materials through processes ranging from the handmade to cutting-edge technologies.

    Museum of Modern Art

    The Museum of Modern Art was described by its first director as a torpedo moving through time. Since opening in 1929, MoMA has secured its place as a pioneer collector and exhibitor of modern art-from 19th-century Post-Impressionism to contemporary installations. MoMA's collection includes painting, sculpture, drawings, prints, photography, film, architecture and design.

    National Museum of the American Indian‚ Smithsonian Institution

    The museum features year-round exhibitions, dance and music performances, children‚ workshops, family and school programs, film festivals and video screenings that present the diversity of the Native peoples of the Americas and the strength of their cultures from the earliest times to the present.

    New Museum

    This museum of contemporary art focuses primarily on work of living artists created during the past 10 years. Each year the museum mounts three to four major exhibitions and about 12 smaller shows in its galleries.

    New York City Fire Museum

    Located in a renovated 1904 Beaux-Arts firehouse in SoHo, the New York City Fire Museum displays the richest collection of fire memorabilia in the United States.

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

    Since its opening in 1965, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts has earned a reputation as one of the world's largest and most comprehensive collections of information on the performing arts. Each year, the library presents more than 200 free concerts, play readings, lectures, film screenings and panel discussions.

    New-York Historical Society

    The New-York Historical Society is New York City's oldest museum and one of the nation's most distinguished independent research libraries. A $65 million renovation completed in 2011 introduced new galleries and a children's museum.

    Rubin Museum of Art

    The museum boasts a collection of more than 1,500 paintings and sculptures and other examples of art from the Himalayas and the surrounding regions dating from the 2nd to the 21st centuries. This 70,000-square-foot museum is also home to a vast educational program.

    Museum of American Illustration

    The Society of Illustrators promotes the art of illustration and its history and evolving nature through exhibitions, lectures and education. The society also supports the work of its members and the welfare of the artist community at large.

    Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

    Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum exhibits the best in 20th-century art and contemporary art.

    Storefront for Art & Architecture

    Based in a unique space designed by Steven Holl, the Storefront for Art & Architecture's supports innovative and experimental work in the fields of art, architecture and other related fields such as science, physics, ecology, landscape architecture, cultural criticism, philosophy and urban planning. Along with on-premises site-specific installations, Storefront regularly organizes informal discussion series and international urban and environmental conferences.

    Studio Museum in Harlem

    The museum collects, researches and interprets the work of African-American artists and artists of African descent. It is the nexus for artists of African descent---locally, nationally and internationally---and for work that has been inspired and influenced by black culture.

    Ukrainian Museum

    The Ukrainian Museum preserves and interprets art and artifacts relating to the history and culture of this Eastern European nation. The museum's collection is divided into the areas of folk art, fine art and historical archive.

    Whitney Museum of American Art

    The Whitney maintains one of the world's foremost collections of 20th-century American art. With some 12,000 works, virtually every American artist of significance is represented.