Missouri State Parks values the tremendous contributions and sacrifices made by members of the military and their families. To show its appreciation to active service members, Missouri State Parks is participating in the Blue Star Museums program, which offers free admission to the nation’s active-duty personnel and their families.

The Blue Star Museums program is a collaborative effort of the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, U.S. Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across the nation. Anyone currently serving in the military and their families can receive free admission to museums and historic sites that are part of the Missouri State Parks system by showing their military ID. The 2023 program begins on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20, and ends Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4. For more information about participating locations, visit mostateparks.com/page/69416/blue-star-museums-program.

In addition to the Blue Star Museums program, Missouri State Parks also offers a military camping discount. Active-duty military and veterans alike receive a $2 discount year round at state parks campgrounds. The military discount will be given to retired, veteran and active-duty military personnel, as well as family members of active-duty military personnel, by showing a military or veteran identification. For additional information about the military camping discount and 2023 camping rates, visit mostateparks.com/page/83631/missouri-state-parks-honors-veterans.

For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.