Free BAM/PFA gallery admission for active military duty personnel and their families from Memorial Day, May 27 through Labor Day, September 2, 2013.
BAM/PFA is a proud participant in the Blue Star Museums program, a partnership among Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts, and more than 1,500 museums in all fifty states and the District of Columbia. Blue Star Museums offer free admission to active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day, May 27 through Labor Day, September 2, 2013.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible for free museum admission through Blue Star Museums?
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 military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard), National Guard and Reserve members, and up to five immediate family members.
How many military personnel and/or family members are allowed in for free per visit?
The military ID holder, plus up to five family members.
How do you define a family member?
A family member of active duty military may include a spouse or child, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc.
What if my spouse is deployed? Can my family and I still participate?
Yes, spouses of deployed military are eligible for Blue Star Museums. Just bring your DD Form 1173 ID Card, or DD Form 1173-1 ID Card, for active duty military family members.
What if my child is under the age of ten and doesn't yet have a military ID?
Children under the age of ten without military ID are welcome to attend with their parents who either hold a Geneva Convention Common Access Card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID Card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID Card.
Does the Blue Star Museums program include admission for veterans and retirees? For unmarried partners? For parents with a child currently serving on active duty, or for those who have lost a child on active duty?
Admission for these individuals is not included in the scope of this program, unless they are the bearer of a Geneva Convention Common Access Card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID Card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card.
Blue Star Museums was started as a partnership among Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts, and more than 1,500 museums across America to offer free admission to families with a parent or spouse serving during this time of combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, especially focusing on the approximately one million children who have had at least one parent deployed. This program offers these families a chance to visit museums this summer when many will have limited resources and limited time to be together.
Does free admission apply to L@TE events?
Yes, free admission includes L@TE programs.
Will I receive free entry to screenings at the PFA Theater?
Tickets to film screenings at the PFA Theater are not included in this free admission program.
Is there a limit on the number of Blue Star Museums I can visit this summer?
No, there is no limit on the number of participating museums that eligible parties can visit.
Who are the national partners on 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 1,500 museums across America. Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, with a mission to support, connect and empower military families.
To learn more about Blue Star Families, please visit BlueStarFam.org.