Pearl S Buck House is a Blue Star Museum again this summer

    Pearl S. Buck International has announced that the Pearl S. Buck House National Historic Landmark museum, the former home of Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning author, humanitarian, and social justice activist Pearl S. Buck, will once again be a Blue Star Museum this summer. 

    It will join museums nationwide in the Blue Star Museums initiative, a program that provides free admission to currently serving U.S. military personnel and their families. The 2023 program runs now through Labor Day, Monday, September 4th. 

    Blue Star Museums is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families, in collaboration with the Department of Defense and participating museums across America.  Blue Star Museums include children’s museums, art, science, and history museums, zoos, gardens, lighthouses, and more, and hail from all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

    The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military – Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, and Space Force, as well as members of the Reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. 

    Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), DD Form 1173-1 ID card or the Next Generation Uniformed Services (Real) ID card for entrance into any participating Blue Star Museum. 

    “We thank the 2023 Blue Star Museums who invite military personnel and their families to experience the many wonders they have to offer, whether it’s a glimpse into the past, an encounter with awe-inspiring art, or a moment of discovery,” said Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD, chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. “The Pearl S. Buck House museum is helping to enrich the lives of military families and build meaningful connections between our nation’s military and their local community.” 

    The Pearl S. Buck House is open to the public for tours Tuesday–Sunday – the two tour offerings are the traditional Life & Legacy historic house tour and the interactive and dialogic Taking Action tour about Pearl Buck’s forward-thinking human rights advocacy.  At this time, reservations are required. 

    For current tour times, prices, and more information, visit or call 215-249-0100.   Find the list of all participating museums at

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