First lady Michelle Obama hosts Military Spouse Appreciation Day earlier this month. (Win McNamee/GETTY IMAGES)

The renewal of the Blue Stars Museums program, which starts Memorial Day and goes through Labor Day, was announced Tuesday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The major sponsors are the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and the museums.

The program follows the initiatives of first lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden to improve the lives of military families.

“This is both an opportunity to thank military families for their service and sacrifice, as well as a chance to create connections between museums and these families that will continue throughout the year,” said NEA chairman Rocco Landesman.

This summer 300 new museums entered the program and the participants include children’s museums, science museums, history museums and nature centers.

A list of the museums has been posted at