Free admission for service members and their families this summer at the Museum of Wisconsin Art

West Bend, WI – The Wisconsin Art Museum (MOWA) announced it will join museums nationwide as part of the Blue Star Museums initiative, a program that provides free admission to currently serving U.S. service members and their families this summer.
The 2022 program will begin on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 21, 2022, and end on Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2022. Find a list of participating museums at

Blue Star Museums is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families, in conjunction with the Department of Defense and museums across America.

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“Museums educate and inspire, make us wonder and imagine, dream and remember,” said Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson, president of the National Endowment for the Arts. “By participating in the Blue Star Museums program, MOWA offers military personnel and their families the opportunity to feel connected to the West Bend community and explore the world through the power of arts, culture and design, contributing to each person being able to live an artistic life.

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Blue Star Museums include children’s museums, art, science, and history museums, zoos, gardens, lighthouses, and more, and are native to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands Americans. The current list of participating museums will continue to grow over the summer as organizations are invited to apply to become a Blue Star Museum throughout the summer.

“Our military community looks forward to the Blue Star Museum program each year and I am thrilled to celebrate the 2022 season with them!” said Kathy Roth-Douquet, CEO of Blue Star Families. “Thank you MOWA for participating in this impactful program and providing military families the opportunity to enjoy the arts with you this summer.”

Find the list of participating museums on

The free admission program is available to those currently serving in the United States military: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy and Space Force, members of the Reserves, National Guard, United States Public Health Corps, NOAA Corps. , and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention Common Access Card (CAC), DD Form 1173 Identity Card (Dependent ID), DD Form 1173-1 ID card or the Next Generation Uniformed Services (Real) Identifier admission card to a participating Blue Star museum.

The Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend is open Wednesday through Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Vital cultural center, educational institution, growing network of ideas, the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) collects and interprets American art through the lens of one state. Informed by dynamic initiatives and collaborations, MOWA is an innovative forum for contemporary artists, socially relevant exhibitions, talks from artists and industry experts, and engaging classes and activities for all ages.

“As the resilience of military families demonstrates time and time again, MOWA is an example of resilience in the arts sector over the past year,” said Ann Eilers, acting president of the National Endowment for the Arts. “We are grateful to MOWA for their leadership in building community through their participation in the Blue Star Museums program this summer.”

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Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative abilities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports learning of the arts, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage. and expands its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community. across America. Visit to learn more.

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Blue Star Families is the nation’s largest base military family support organization, with a mission to help military families improve their military readiness. Its distinctive approach strengthens the communities around military families through knowledge and programs that meet the unique needs of those who serve. Blue Star Families’ nationally recognized surveys and analysis give military families an important voice that informs decision makers and its military family programs. It uses the power of its collective resources and cross-sector collaborations to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of military family members to strengthen the troops, their families, and our nation as a whole. For more information visit

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