Memorial Day kicks off free museum admission for military personnel, families

Memorial Day kicks off free museum admission for military personnel, families
Four WWII-era T-34 planes from San Diego fly over a crowd of 2,000 gathered at Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial in San Diego. (Don Bartletti, Los Angeles Times)

Memorial Day marks the start of free museum admission for members of the U.S. military and their families.

The 2015 Blue Star Museums program offers free general admission to select museums nationwide for U.S. active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve. The promotion runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day, Sept. 7.


The program is organized by the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and participating museums. Blue Star Families is a nonprofit organization that supports military families. 

Official identification is required to obtain free admission at participating institutions. The offer is good for the military ID holder plus up to five family members. The active duty member doesn't have to be present for family members to use the program.

In Southern California, more than 40 cultural institutions are participating in the Blue Star Museums program this year. Among the organizations on the list are the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Autry National Center and the Pasadena Museum of California Art.

Below is a select list of participating organizations, some of which already offer free admission on a daily basis.

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