The Blue Star Museum program is an annual appreciation event honoring military families by offering free admission to various museums across the country.
In the Tampa Bay area, there are several options that active duty military and their immediate family members can enjoy. National Guard and Reserve families are also invited to enjoy the benefit.
The offer is good through Labor Day, Sept. 1 and valid military ID is required. Other restrictions may apply according to the individual attraction’s rules. Contact the museum you are interested in visiting before attending.
MOSI - The Museum of Science and Industry is a favorite with children and is offering free admission to its permanent exhibits. Offer not valid for temporary exhibits requiring separate ticket, IMAX films, or ropes course and zip line.
Henry B. Plant Museum - This National Historic Landmark shines with Moorish architecture, opulent furnishings and tropical gardens. This celebrated hotel attracted a host of famous guests including Teddy Roosevelt, Sarah Bernhardt and Babe Ruth.
Tarpon Springs Area Historical Society - Explore the history of Tarpon Springs from the Greek culture to the sponge fisherman.
Children’s Museum of the Highlands - Exhibits include waterworks, mini grovery store, “One World Diner,” and more.
John and Mable Ringling Museum of Fine Art - Collection includes fine art, historic mansion, two circus museums and theater.
Florida Holocaust Museum - Features both permanent and temporary exhibitions recounting the history of the Holocaust.
Explorations V - Another option for families with children, this Lakeland museum offers interactive science, music appreciation, art, local history and world travel exhibits.
Polk Museum of Art - Features modern and contemporary art, Asian art, European and American decorative arts and rre-Columbian art as well as traveling exhibits.
Dunedin Historical Museum - The museum contains approximately 2,000 artifacts, 2,500 photos and a library containing local and Florida History. The collection includes antique clothing, household tools and utensils used by Dunedin pioneer families during the 1870’s through the 1900’s.
Bok Tower Gardens - Offers historic landscape gardens, unique Singing Tower carillon and magnificent 1930s Mediterranean-style mansion in Lake Wales.
Plant City Photo Archives and History Center - Collection of historic photographs containing thousands of photos of individuals, groups, businesses, schools, streets, landscapes, aerials and more. Selected photos are printed and exhibited in the 1,000 square foot exhibit gallery on a rotating schedule.
For more about the Blue Star Museums program, visit http://arts.gov/