Free admission, discounts for military families all summer

Memorial Day to Labor Day 2017

MAY 29, 2017 (AUSTIN, TX) — The Bullock Texas State History Museum is proud to announce the launch of the 2017 season of Blue Star Museums and once again will offer free admission to active duty, National Guard, and Reserve military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2017.

The Bullock Museum offers military discounts to provide educational and entertainment opportunities all year long. Each summer this is expanded to include free exhibition admission to active military members and their families, making the museum an affordable summer travel destination for Texas military families.

The Blue Star Museums program is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, the MetLife Foundation, and more than 2,000 museums and cultural institutions across the country, including nearly 100 in Texas. The complete list of participating museums is available at

The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps - and up to five family members.

Find out more about Blue Star Museums admission eligibility and program details through the Blue Star Museum FAQ page.

Blue Star Museums was created as a way of adding to the quality of life for active duty military families, with a special focus on providing free cultural and educational opportunities to the approximately 2 million American children who have had at least one parent deployed since 2001. A parent guide has been created to help families get the most from museum visits.

The Bullock Museum has a full lineup of family exhibitions, programs, and films in its Summer at the Bullock program. The museum is hosting Pride & Joy: The Texas Blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan, an exhibition curated by the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live and on display through July 23, 2017. The exhibition's only stop in Texas features numerous guitars, including Vaughan’s “Number One” Fender Stratocaster; early family photographs; original stage outfits, including Vaughan’s iconic hat; handwritten lyrics; original concert posters/ tour ephemera; and much more. In addition, Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience, produced by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, shows through original artifacts how music festival experiences can break through barriers of age, geography, race, and class.

Both of these special exhibitions and the Texas History Galleries, which detail thousands of years of Texas history, are included in the free admission offer through Blue Star Museums program. The Bullock Museum also offers military discounts on documentaries and Hollywood feature films that show daily in the museum’s IMAX® Theatre. Located in downtown Austin, the museum features on-site parking, a cafe and museum store. Follow @BullockMuseum on Facebook and Twitter to find out about upcoming programs, or visit for a full calendar of exhibitions, events and programs.

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The Bullock Texas State History Museum in downtown Austin includes three floors of exhibitions, an IMAX® theater, a special-effects theater, café, and Museum Store. The Museum collaborates with more than 700 museums, libraries, archives and individuals to display original historical artifacts and produce exhibitions that illuminate and celebrate Texas history and culture. Named for the state's 38th Lieutenant Governor, Bob Bullock, the iconic building is at 1800 N. Congress Avenue. For more, visit or call (512) 936-8746.

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This press release is part of the The Bullock Texas State History Museum Media Kit

The Bullock Texas State History Museum is the state's official history museum and features three floors of Texas History Galleries with artifacts that span more than 13,000 years, as well as an IMAX® Theatre, a special-effects theater, convenient on-site parking, a café and Museum Store. Located in Austin, the Museum welcomes 450,000 visitors each year. Since 2001, more than 7 million visitors have been immersed in the stories of Texas, connecting historical relevance to a contemporary world. The Museum collaborates with more than 700 museums, libraries, archives and individuals to display original historical artifacts and host exhibitions that illuminate and celebrate Texas history and culture. View Media Kit