Museum welcomes military families for free this summer

The Museum will be closed on Memorial Day (as on all Mondays), but we are pleased to announce the Museum is opening its doors to military families to visit for free all summer, from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

The Portland Art Museum is pleased to participate in Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2015. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The program also provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move. The complete list of participating museums is available at

“Blue Star Museums has grown into a nationally recognized program that service members and their families look forward to each year,” said Blue Star Families Chief Executive Officer Kathy Roth-Douquet. “It helps bring our local military and civilian communities together, and offers families fun and enriching activities in their home towns. We are thrilled with the continued growth of the program and the unparalleled opportunities it offers.” This year, more than 2,000 (and counting) museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative, including 27 museums here in Oregon.

In addition to the Blue Star Program, military members always receive free admission to the Portland Art Museum, but from Memorial Day to Labor Day, military members can bring up to five family members for free.

The Portland Art Museum is proud to participate in the Blue Star Museums access initiative, in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense. Learn more at