The Blue Star Museums initiative is a partnership among Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts, and more than 1,500 museums across America. First launched in the summer of 2010, Blue Star Museums once again are offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day, May 30, 2011, through Labor Day, September 5, 2011.
The Labor Day Weekend is almost here and the Bay Area is getting ready for it’s end-of-the-summer fun in the fog time. But Labor Day is more than “just” a three-day holiday where Bay Area citizens can frolic in the park, sail on the bay or take advantage of the hundreds of events that the region has to offer.
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, was a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
Those “workers” include millions of active duty, Reserve and National Guard Service members serving our country. Their “work” is keeping us safe so that we can enjoy the bounty of the day and the benefits of peace, something to remember as September 11th approaches.
Each of them leaves behind a family when they deploy – a family that participates in the service members’ sacrifice but is often overlooked by government and civilian organizations. And because those in military service make up only one percent of the country’s total population, most Americans don’t have first-hand knowledge of the military experience.
Blue Star Families was formed in December of 2008 by a group of military spouses to raise the awareness of the challenges of military family life with civilian communities and leaders. BSF has grown to include spouses and families from all services and all walks of life, including National Guard and Reserve, as well as veterans and civilians who strongly support us.
The Blue Star 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, including those stamped URW and DB. These include active duty military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard), active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve members and up to five family members.
If you live outside the Bay Area, check the Blue Star Website for a list of participating museums across the country: http://www.bluestarfam.org/Programs/Blue_Star_Museums
If you live in the Bay Area, these are the museums that are participating in the program:
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
The Beat Museum
San Francisco, CA
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
California Automobile Museum
California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum
California State Military Museum
Crocker Art Museum
Crockett Historical Museum
CuriOdyssey (formerly Coyote Point Museum)
San Mateo, CA
Habitot Children’s Museum
Berkeley , CA
History San Jose
San Jose, CA
McConaghy House Museum
Museum of Craft and Design
San Francisco, CA
Oakland Museum of California
Oakland , CA
Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo
Palo Alto , CA
Phoebe. A Hearst Museum of Anthropology
Triton Museum of Art
Santa Clara, CA