The National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families, the organization focused on the well-being of American military families, have partnered together to launch the second annual Blue Star Museums partnership. The joint venture will offer free admission to over 1,300 museums across the country beginning Memorial Day, May 30 and extending through Labor Day, September 5, 2011. According to Blue Star Families Chair Kathy Roth-Douquet, last year’s initiative brought out 300,000 military family members. Admission extends to active-duty military in all five branches, and includes National Guard and Reserve members, and their immediate family. Entry is limited to one military i.d. holder and up to five immediate family members. For Washington, the list of museums includes but is not limited to the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Hillwood Estate, Tudor Place, Woodrow Wilson House and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

For a complete list of museums, visit arts.gov/bluestarmuseums