Active service members and up to five family members are offered free admission to the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) from Memorial Day through Labor Day as RMSC becomes a Blue Star Museum.

"We honor those who serve our country. Offering them the RMSC experience free of charge is a way we are expressing our sincere thanks to them and their families," said Kate Bennett, president, RMSC. "We are pleased to join other museums in America in engaging service members in discovery opportunities and connections with the community."

Free admission is open to anyone who holds 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 in any sector of the U.S. military and the National Guard and Reserve, NOAA Commissioned Corps and U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America. The collaboration gives service members and their families a chance to enjoy cultural museums throughout America and to learn about their communities after a military move. This year, museums in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and American Samoa are participating in Blue Star Museums.            

About Rochester Museum & Science Center

Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) includes the Science Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium, and Cumming Nature Center. Offering experiences at the Museum with more than 200 interactive exhibits, Planetarium with a 65-foot dome and Nature Center on 900 acres, the RMSC stimulates community interest in exploration. In addition, the more than 1.2 million RMSC collection items tell the story of Rochester's past including its rich history of innovation and invention. RMSC receives major funding from Monroe County, where it is one of the top three most visited attractions serving children and families. For more information about RMSC, visit