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Military Museums

Military museums around the world serve as a place to study wars of the past and as a memorial to those who served in the armies that fought. In these Olive-Drab.com pages, many of the most significant museums are listed with brief descriptions and contact information.

Some of the museums are large institutions, sponsored by the government or a well funded organization. Others are almost personal, founded and maintained out of devotion to veterans who were family, friends or buddies in a war now ended but never to be forgotten. These museums are important as a repository of artifacts, documents and testimony for generations to come. Without museums the past would be much more obscure than it is. Although no one can appreciate what happened in a war unless they were there, we do the best we can and museums are a vital part of that effort to keep the past alive and accessible.

Murals at the American-Soviet war exhibition designed by the OWI (Office of War Information) and installed in the Museum of Science and Industry, NYC, June 1943
Murals at the American-Soviet war exhibition designed by the OWI (Office of War Information) and installed in the Museum of Science and Industry, New York City, June 1943.

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Military Museums

The military museums of the world are organized into these pages. Click on the link to go to the page for that country or region:

Specialized museums can also be found elsewhere on Olive-Drab.com such as on the Navy & Ships and Military Aviation pages.

Avro Lancaster B1 displayed at the Australian War Memorial.  This plane, 'G for George' flew 89 operational missions over Germany and occupied Europe during the height of the bomber offensive
Avro Lancaster B1 displayed at the Australian War Memorial. This plane, "G for George" flew 89 operational missions over Germany and occupied Europe during the height of the bomber offensive.

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