On May 21, 2014, the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families announced the launch of the fifth year of Blue Star Museums. This outstanding program offers free admission to American service members and their families at over 2,000 museums across the United States. The free admission is available from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014. Here are the participating museums around Houston, Texas.
Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum is the only museum dedicated to preserving the legacy and honor of the African-American Soldier. It is open Monday through Saturday. The museum’s address is 3816 Caroline Street, Houston, Texas 77004.
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston presents innovative international, national, and regional art. It is open Tuesday through Sunday. The museum is located at 5216 Montrose Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77006.
Dunham Bible Museum
The Dunham Bible Museum is dedicated to telling the story of the Bible through its large collection of rare Bibles, scriptures, and manuscripts. It is open Monday through Saturday. The museum is located at Houston Baptist University, 7502 Fondren Road, Houston, Texas 77074.
Holocaust Museum Houston
The Holocaust Museum Houston educates visitors about the Holocaust, remembering the victims and honoring the legacy of the survivors. It is open Sunday through Saturday. The address of the museum is 5401 Caroline Street, Houston, Texas 77004.
The Menil Collection
The Menil Collection houses, exhibits, and preserves the outstanding art collection of Houston philanthropists John and Dominique de Menil. It is open Wednesday through Saturday. The museum is located at 1533 Sul Ross Street, Houston, Texas 77006.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston includes two main gallery buildings that house the art collections and exhibitions, the Cullen Sculpture Garden, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, Rienzi, and the Glassell Scholl of Art. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday. The museum’s main campus address is 1001 Bissonnet, Houston, Texas 77005.
Alvin Museum Society (Alvin)
The Alvin Museum Society operates the Marguerite Rogers House Museum and the Alvin Historical Museum. Both museums are open Thursdays, Fridays, and the first Saturday of each month. The Marguerite Rogers House Museum is located at 113 East Dumble, Alvin, Texas 77511. The Alvin Historical Museum is located in the former post office at 300 West Sealy, Alvin, Texas 77511.
Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum (Galveston)
The Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum allows visitors to experience the offshore industry first-hand on an actual retired drilling rig. The museum is open Sunday through Saturday. The museum is located at Pier 19, Harborside Drive, Galveston, Texas 77550.
Sam Houston Memorial Museum (Huntsville)
The Sam Houston Memorial Museum is a center for education and information about Sam Houston and the role he played in Texas history. It is open Tuesday through Sunday. The museum’s address is 1402 19th Street, Huntsville, Texas 77340.
San Jacinto Museum of History (La Porte)
The base of the San Jacinto Monument houses the San Jacinto Museum of History. The museum honors those who fought in the Battle of San Jacinto to win Texas’ independence from Mexico and presents the history of Texas and the Spanish Southwest. The museum is open Sunday through Saturday. The museum is located at One Monument Circle, La Porte, Texas 77571.
Lake Jackson Historical Association (Lake Jackson)
The Lake Jackson Historical Society runs the Lake Jackson Historical Museum. The museum focuses on the history of Lake Jackson with interactive exhibits and high-tech displays. It is open Tuesday through Saturday. The museum’s address is 249 Circle Way, Lake Jackson, Texas 77566.
The Woodlands Children’s Museum (The Woodlands)
The Woodlands Children’s Museum provides creative play experiences and interactive activities for children. It is ideal for children seven years old and under. It is open Tuesday through Sunday. The museum is located at 4775 West Panthercreek Drive #280, The Woodlands, Texas 77381.