Mississippi Children's Museum

Blue Star Families

A message from Blue Star Museums 5/18/2020- Blue Star Museums is among the most beloved programs for military families, and we are very grateful for your commitment to it. Of course, this is a very unusual year. Health and safety concerns are paramount, and many arts and culture institutions face existential challenges. Based on the feedback from the survey that was sent to you a few weeks ago and our work both with the museum field and military families, the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families have decided to cancel the Blue Star Museums program for 2020 comprising free admission for currently serving military and their families. We acknowledge the hardships faced by both military families and museums and recognize that museums across the nation are operating in a different capacity than ever before due to COVID-19. This decision was made with an abundance of caution for museums and military families and out of respect and equitable support for the museum field. We are inspired by the swiftness that so many museums have moved to virtual opportunities. The arts provide connection as Americans face times of isolation and will have a significant role to play in the well-being of America as we recover. We look forward to next summer’s Blue Star Museums program coming back bigger and better than ever and wish good health and safety for all our museum partners and your families.

Mary Anne Carter                                                    Kathy Roth-Douquet

Chairman                                                                 CEO and Board President

National Endowment for the Arts                             Blue Star Families


MCM is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to collaborate with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense to serve military families nationwide. During a normal Blue Star Museum program year, MCM offers free seasonal admission for military personnel and their families from Armed Forces Day – Labor Day. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. For more information, visit www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.