National Eagle Center is a 2017 Blue Star Museum


The National Eagle Center is pleased to announce its participation in the Blue Star Museum program for summer 2017.

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America that 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.

This marks the second year that the National Eagle Center will participate as a Blue Star Museum. Over 130 Blue Star Family members visited during summer 2016.

“People are naturally drawn to bald eagles,” said Ed Hahn, marketing manager at the National Eagle Center. “There is a special connection and significance with our national symbol for those who serve in the military, and we are excited to be able to share these magnificent birds with them and their families as a Blue Star Museum.”

“The Blue Star Museums program is a fun, free activity for military families to enjoy during the summer months,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “The program is also a great way for service member families to connect to their new communities, and it can provide a meaningful way for families to reconnect after deployment. The Blue Star Museums program is also a perfect way for the arts community to say ‘thank you’ to our service members and their families for the sacrifices they make on our behalf, every day.”

This year, more than 2,000 (and counting) museums in all 50 states are taking part in the initiative. This year’s Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and dozens of children’s museums. The complete list of participating museums is available at

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 29, 2017 through Labor Day, September 4, 2017.

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.

Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military spouses, children, parents and friends, as well as service members, veterans and civilians, dedicated to supporting, connecting and empowering military families. Visit for more information.

The National Eagle Center is a nonprofit educational center on the banks of the Mississippi River in Wabasha. The National Eagle Center fosters environmental stewardship through educational programs and exhibits, up-close encounters with non-releasable bald and golden eagles, and opportunities to view eagles in the wild. For more information and upcoming programming, visit


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