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San Diego Museum of Art participates in Blue Star Museums
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Blue Star Museums program for active-duty military welcomes thousands of military and their families each year.

Collaboration offers free admission to military

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel including the National Guard and Reserve and their families each summer. The program begins on Armed Forces Day in mid-May and ends on Labor Day at the beginning of September.

San Diego Museum of Art is one of more than 2,000 museums across the U.S. participating in this initiative. Other participating San Diego museums include:

  • Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House

  • Japanese Friendship Garden

  • Mingei International Museum

  • Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

  • Museum of Photographic Arts

  • New Children's Museum

  • San Diego Automotive Museum

  • San Diego Mineral & Gem Society Museum

  • Visions Museum of Textile Art

The museums highlighted in red have benefitted from student field trips funded by ArtsBusXpress.


Attention Teachers

How could the arts change your school?

Now, more than ever, students are joining local, national and global conversations about the issues most important to them. They are using their voices to create change, make a positive impact and speak up for their future. This year, the Student Voices Campaign wanted to hear from students at the very beginning of their advocacy journey and launched a statewide competition to decide what the prompt should be.


The Student Voices Campaign is an annual statewide competition for students in grades 7-12. Are your students participating? Learn HOW to get your class engaged.

Students enjoy Classics4Kids performance

Buses arrive downtown
Excited students on bus
A second busload of students
Students disembark
Students with chaperones
students enter theater
AClassics4Kids welcome
students file into seats
In the theatre - waiting
Students in theater
A full house view
Full theater
San Diego Arts League
Classics4Kids volunteers
Conductor explains performance
full theater
Buses lined up to leave

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