The United States has a wealth of military museums, maintained by the Armed Services as well as by veterans groups and other private organizations. The Army Museum System is described, with links, by the U.S. Army Center for Military History. Many of those museums are also described in the table below.
Jeep, from the Korean War exhibit at the 1st Cavalry Division Museum. Fort Hood, TX.
Today in WW II: 30 Aug 1941 German Lorenz SZ40 teleprinter operator sent a 4,000 character message twice, allowing British mathematician Bill Tutte and others at Bletchley Park to decipher the machine's coding mechanism. More↓
30 Aug 1942 Germany formally annexes Luxembourg to the German Reich, triggering a general strike the next day protesting German Army conscription. 30 Aug 1942 Battle of Alam el Halfa, between Rommel's German force and British Commenwealth troops under Montgomery, south of El Alamein, the end of last major Axis offensive of their Western Desert campaign [30 Aug-5 Sep]. 30 Aug 1944 Last remnants of German forces retreat across the Seine River, bringing Operation Overlord to a successful conclusion. Visit the Olive-Drab.com World War II Timeline for day-by-day events 1939-1945! See also WW2 Books.
U.S. Military History Museums
Division Museum includes an outstanding display of vehicles from many
wars, both US and captured enemy units. This page has an index of vehicle
photos from the museum. Many other displays plus huge photo library. Building
2218, P.O. Box 5187, Fort Hood, TX 76545. 254-287-7068, 254-287-6423 fax.
Museum at Cantigny. Dedicated to the history of the Big Red One, the
famed 1st Infantry Division of the United States Army. A modern 38,000
square foot facility, including 10,000 square feet of state of the art
interactive and experiential exhibits. 1 S 151 Winfield Road, Wheaton,
IL 60187-6097. 630-668-5185. firstname.lastname@example.org
4th Infantry Division Museum. Huge collection of vehicles, aircraft, and historical presentations about the 4ID. Rebuilt in 1999 with a new, second exhibits building. Exhibits telling the history of the 4th Infantry Division in World Wars I and II are in the new building, while the exhibits in the old building depict the history of the division from 1950 to the present day, the early Camp Hood and the Tank Destroyer Force. Battalion Ave. & 27th Street, Fort Hood, TX 76544. 254-287-8811.
The 45th Infantry Division
Museum collections include personal property of Adolf Hitler, the
Reaves' Military Firearms Collection, the "Hall of Flags" from 1951 to
Operation Desert Storm, and over 200 of Bill Mauldin's original Willie
and Joe cartoons from World War II. 2145 NE 36th St., Oklahoma City, OK
73111-5302. 405-424-5313, 405-424-3748 fax. email@example.com
Aerospace Museum, Scotia NY. The Empire State Aerospace Museum,
Scotia, NY has display vehicles and aircraft from WW II, Korean War, and
Vietnam. 518-377-1034, 518-377-1959 fax
American Armoured Foundation,
Inc., Tank and Ordnance War Memorial Museum. At the Tank Museum you
will see one of the finest collections of tanks, armoured vehicles, ordnance,
uniforms, and headgear, etc. found anywhere in the world. Many restorations
being performed right in front of visitor's eyes. Visitors are able to
inspect these in-process restorations, and are encouraged to talk to the
Tank Museum's staff to learn more. The Museum shop sells militaria,
books, and even complete vehicles. 3401 U.S. Highway 29B, Danville, VA 24540. 434-836-5323, 434-836-3532 fax.
American Helicopter Museum
and Education Center brings the adventure and history of rotary-winged
flight to life by showcasing the aircraft, technology, and milestone contributions
of rotary-wing flight to this nation's aviation heritage. 1220 American
Blvd., Brandywine Airport, West Chester, PA 19380-4268. 610-436-9600,
610-436-8642 fax. firstname.lastname@example.org
Society of Military History has a museum in the suburbs of Los Angeles
with exhibits from all branches of the US armed forces: Army, Navy, Marines
and the Air Force. Tracked vehicles, wheeled vehicles, artillery and more.
Visit the web site for many photos. 1918 North Rosemead Boulevard, South
El Monte, California. 626-442-1776, 626-443-1776 fax. email@example.com
Andersonville National Historic Site
is unique in the National Park Service as the only park to serve as a
memorial to all Americans ever held as prisoners of war. The 475 acre
park, consisting of the national cemetery and prison site, exemplifies
the grim life suffered by prisoners of war, North and South, during the
Civil War. The historic site was established in 1970. In April 1998 the
National Prisoner of War Museum was opened here. The 10,000-square-foot
(900-square-meter) museum combines interactive exhibits, videotaped interviews,
narrated letters, and photos and memorabilia preserved from the estimated
800,000 Americans who have been held prisoner in wars beginning with the
American Revolution through the Persian Gulf War. Route 1, Box 800 Andersonville,
GA 31711 912-924-0343
Armed Forces Museum, the military history museum for the State of Mississippi, honors the service and sacrifices of Mississippi's servicemen and women of all branches and those from other parts of the country that trained in Mississippi during times of war. The museum's state-of-the-art exhibits tell personal stories of the heroes and heroines of our Republic and serves to educate future generations about the price paid for the freedom and prosperity Americans enjoy today. Building 850, Camp Shelby MS. 601-558-2757. Museum Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
Army Historical Foundation,
Inc. is raising money for The National Museum of the United States
Army (NMUSA) to tell the story of the US Army as an institution and be
a tribute to the American Soldier. 2425 Wilson Boulevard Arlington, VA
22201. 703-522-7901, 703-522-7929 fax. email@example.com
Not exactly a museum, but Arkansas
Roadside Military Hardware provides a long list of tanks, planes,
artillery and other hardware on display at VFW Posts, parks, and wherever
Battery Corporal Willis S. Cole Military
Museum has focused on World War One history, including the display
of souvenir condition relics, as well as field dug relics complete with
locations found and history to go with them. The museum is now also researching
World War Two American Aircraft crash sites in France and Belgium, helping
others to locate such sites and information on personnel involved. The
museum has published a book by the Director, "The Last Flight Of The Lady
Jeannette", ISBN 0-9662728-0-3, about the awarding of dual Congressional
Medals of Honor to the pilots of the B-17G. 13444 124th Ave NE, Kirkland,
WA 98034-5403 U.S.A. firstname.lastname@example.org
Camp Blanding Museum & Memorial Park. World War II vintage aircraft,
artillery and vehicles as well as monuments to Medal of Honor recipients.
The museum displays memorabilia of the early history of Camp Blanding
and its role in World War II. S.R. 16 (10 miles east of Starke, FL). 352-533-3196
The California Military Museum
houses over 30,000 artifacts as well a substantial library and archives.
In addition to the main facility in Sacramento, the museum also has three
satellite museums at Camp Roberts in southern Monterey County, Camp San
Luis Obispo, and the Los Alamitos Armed Forces Reserve Center in Orange
County. Old Sacramento State Historical Park, 1119 Second Street, Sacramento,
The Camp Pendleton Mechanized Museum houses 75 vehicles (and growing) from different eras, including World War II, Vietnam and Desert Storm at its location within the Camp Pendleton Marine Base. Founded by Master Gunnery Sgt. James C. King, motor transport maintenance chief, 1st Marine Division and officially established in 2002. 2612 Vandegrift Blvd., Camp Pendleton, CA 92055
The China Lake U.S. Naval
Museum of Armament & Technology houses one of the finest collections
of tactical aircraft weapons and technology anywhere. The collection includes
guided missiles, precision guided bombs, conventional bombs, rockets,
and other ordnance. Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake, CA. 760-939-3105
Colorado Springs Historical Military Museum. Dedicated to the
restoration and preservation of military vehicles, and to educate the
public with guided tours. 1220 Dragon Man Drive, Colorado Springs, CO
Garbarino Military Vehicle Museum. Dozens of tanks, trucks, jeeps, tractors and other military vehicles and militaria. Jacoby Street, San Rafael, CA 94901. Call to arrange tour. 415-459-6292.
The National D-Day Memorial complex includes a National Monument, Amphitheater and an Education Center, that
commemorates and preserves the legacy of D-Day in World War II. Located
at the interchange of State Routes 460 Bypass and 122, in the city of
Bedford, VA (between Roanoke and Lynchburg). Office: 202 East Main St.,
Bedford, VA 24523. 540-586-DDAY, 800-351-DDAY, 540-586-7200 fax. email@example.com(Thanks to Don Yeargin of the Liberty
House Inn, Bedford, VA for this suggestion.)
The National D-Day Museum celebrates
the American Spirit, the teamwork, optimism, courage and sacrifice of
the men and women who won World War II and promotes the exploration and
expression of these values by future generations. 945 Magazine Street,
New Orleans, LA 70130. 504-527-6012, 504-527-6088. Info@DDayMuseum.org
J.M. Davis Arms & Historical
Museum houses over 20,000 firearms and firearm related items, military
and civilian, from the US and other countries. One of the largest collections
in the world. 333 Lynn Riggs Blvd. (U.S. Route 66), Claremore, Okla. 74018.
918-341-5707. (Thanks to Jack Wall for this suggestion.)
Firelands Military History Museum
has grown from its start of a single Korean war jeep to its present size
of over 40 pieces of military history. Military equipment from WWII, the
Korean War, and the Vietnam war is on display and is used for parades.
Huey rides. Almost all of the equipment is in working condition and is
available for rides. The largest vehicle is the huge 60-ton M-60-A1 tank,
while the smallest is the 1942 Harley-Davidson military motorcycle.
Fort Brady Museum. US Army Box 11, Brady, NE 69123. 308-584-3215, 308-584-3216
Fort Hamilton has
guarded the entrance to New York harbor since 1776 when a gun battery
there fired on British ships. Through all of US history, the Fort has
played a role. In WW I and WW II Fort Hamilton served as a major embarkation
and separation center. Today, it is the home of a U.S. Army Recruiting
Battalion and the Military Entrance Processing Station for New York City.
Visit the Harbor Defense Museum, directions on the web site. Fort Hamilton
Historical Society, Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11252. 718-630-4349.
Jackson Museum at the U.S. Army Training Center, Ft. Jackson, SC holds
2,600 pieces of historical property including weapons, clothing, equipment,
and military vehicles. The museum illustrates how the American soldier
has been trained to perform his duties in peacetime and war.
Lewis Military Museum, is the Northwest's largest and most diverse
museum of martial history with its extensive collection of Army uniforms
and artifacts pertaining to Fort Lewis, the Army's presence in the Pacific
Northwest, and the units which served at the post. A vehicle park includes
a variety of military vehicles and tanks from WW2 to the present.
The Fort MacArthur Museum is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the history of Fort MacArthur, a U.S. Army post which guarded the Los Angeles harbor from 1914 to 1974. 3601 S. Gaffey St., PO Box 268, San Pedro, CA 90731. 310-548-2631, 310-241-0847 fax.
Fort Snelling Military Museum. Dedicated to the remembrance of veterans of all wars and the preservation of the military equipment they used. Holds the midwest's largest collection of historical operating military vehicles. 511 Constitution Avenue, Fort Snelling, MN 55111-4027. 612-713-3291.
The GI Museum preserves memorabilia representing the generations of Americans who have served our country so that we remain free today, making them available through displays and educational programs. 5796 Ritcher Road, Ocean Springs, MS 39564. 228-872-1943.
Heartland Museum of Military
Vehicles. A growing museum with Tanks, Half-tracks, jeeps and other
vehicles from WW II to Desert Storm. Off I-80, Exit 237. 612 N. Grant,
PO Box 699,Lexington, NE 68850. 308-324-2393 or 2793.
The Herreid Military Museum tells the story of Rock County, MN citizens who served the nation during WW I and WW II. Exhibits feature artifacts, pictures, stories, video, memorabilia and written testimonies. Located in Luverne, MN, which was featured in Ken Burns' 2007 documentary "The War" on PBS. Adjacent to the Rock County Veterans Memorial with its exquisite bronze caste statue named "Poppies," placed in grateful memory of all veterans. 215 East Luverne Street, Luverne, MN 56156. 507-283-4061, 888-283-4061.
The Idaho Military History Museum has the purpose of preservation, display and interpretation of military history and artifacts that have a geographical tie to the history of the people and state of Idaho. Photos, artifacts, weapons, vehicles, and displays. 4748 Lindbergh St. (Next to Gowen Field), Bld 924, Boise, Idaho 83705. (Thanks to 'buffalohead' for this suggestion.)
Indiana Military Museum is dedicated to fostering the memory, understanding, and appreciation of U.S. military history by maintaining, preserving, and displaying artifacts which represent the strength and freedom of our American heritage. The museum exhibits a vast array of unique artifacts, including military vehicles, artillery, weaponry, uniforms, insignia, artwork, textual resources, music, equipment and other related artifacts from the Revolutionary War to the present day. 2074 North Old Bruceville Road
Vincennes, IN 47591. 812-882-8668.
The Ft. Benning, Georgia National Infantry Museum contains a large collection of military art and artifacts and follows the steps of the American foot soldier across two centuries
of courage and determination. Triumphant victories, dispiriting defeats,
and day-to-day life are interpreted in the paintings and sculpture of
World renowned artists. Weapons carried by allies as well as enemies and
a wide range of support equipment from the American Revolution to the
present are on display.
of Heraldry is a part of The Adjutant General Directorate, U.S. Total
Army Personnel Command. They furnish heraldic services (research, design,
development, standardization, quality control) to the armed forces and
other United States government organizations.
The Jacksonville Museum of Military History is located at the WW II site of the administration building of the Jacksonville Ordnance Plant including a 4,500 square feet building, with an additional 10,000 square foot area of new construction behind it. There are many permanent and special exhibits located in the Museum's galleries including artifacts, military vehicles and displays from WW II, the Korean, Gulf, Afghan and Iraqi Wars in addition to educational and research facilities. 100 Veterans Circle, Jacksonville, AR. (501) 241-1943. (Thanks to 'buffalohead' for this suggestion.)
The Kansas Museum of Military History is dedicated to the acquisition, restoration and display of aviation and military history. Displays include over 300 model airplanes, dozens of military vehicles, military uniforms and equipment, and more. 135 South Highway 77, Augusta, KS 67010. 316-775-1425.
The Kansas National Guard Museum displays weapons, uniforms and other artifacts carried or worn by Kansas Guardsmen from the Civil War to the Gulf War. 6700 S.W. Topeka Blvd., (the main entrance of Forbes Field) Topeka, KS.
Lane Motor Museum. Unique
collection of mostly European automobiles not typically seen in the United
States, including military vehicles. 702 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville,
TN 37210. 615-742-7445. Curator: Susan
of Valor Museum. The museum houses thousands of items and papers donated
by Legion of Valor members and others. Numerous framed citations, photographs, and exhibits tell
the story of America's wars as seen by individual soldiers, sailors, and
airmen. Uniforms and equipment of different eras are also on display.
2425 Fresno Street at "O" Street, Suite 103, Fresno, CA 93721. 209-498-0510.
The George C. Marshall
Museum celebrates the life of one of America's foremost soldier/statesmen
and the times in which he lived. PO Box 1600, VMI Parade, Lexington, VA
24450. 540-463-7103, 540-464-5229 fax
McClain's Military Armor Museum. U.S. Armor history and evolution. (Joe
McClain). PO Box 1252, 2330 Crystal St., Anderson, IN 317-649-8265.
Michigan Museum of Military Transport is a travelling museum with a program of educational outings for children in MVs and other programs showing the general public the significance of military vehicles in the history of the 20th century. PO Box 1123, Grayling, MI 49738. Brian K. Morrison, President. 231-582-2364. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Military Firefighter Heritage Display at Goodfellow Air Force Base, San Angelo, TX, includes a unique collection of historic military firefighting vehicles and the DoD Fallen Firefighters' Memorial. As the home of the Department of Defense Fire Academy, Goodfellow is a logical location for the equipment display and the memorial. Funding and support comes from the Military Firefighter Heritage Foundation.
The Military Museum of
Butte County is located at Surplus City Jeep Parts and is dedicated
to the appreciation and preservation of this century's military history,
art, and memorabilia. 4514 Pacific Heights Road & HWY 70 (inside of
Surplus City), Oroville, CA 95965. 530-534-9956, 530-534-1170 fax
The Military Museum of Southern
New England. The nation's largest private museum collection of heavy
fighting vehicles and artillery pieces from the World Wars I & II,
Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf War eras. Life-size Dioramas showing U. S.
and foreign equipment in realistic World War II settings. Rotating exhibits
of period art work, artifacts, weapons, and memorabilia. The museum's
outside display area contains tanks, armored vehicles and artillery pieces
from World War II, Korea and the Vietnam eras. 125 Park Avenue, Danbury,
CT 06813. 203-790-9277, 203-790-0420 fax
The Military Museum of Texas
exhibits armor, half-track, and other military vehicles, including M-151
prototype. 8611 Wallisville Road, Houston, TX. 713-673-1234
The Military Road Show & Traveling Musuem was established in 1999 by a Vietnam veteran, dedicated to veterans of all countries. The collection includes uniforms, medals, patches, magazines, pictures, maps and war souvenirs. The Museum is the proud home of the Vietnam Wall, a memorial to the 53 men from Kalamazoo County who did not return home. 5350 Ivanhoe Ct., Portage, MI 49002. 269-344-5555.
The Military Vehicle Technology Foundation oversees one of the largest and most significant collections of historical military vehicles in the world. They acquire, restore, and interpret the historical significance of 20th and 21st century military vehicles such as tanks, armored cars, self-propelled artillery, towed artillery, antitank, and antiaircraft guns. Military support equipment, inert ordnance, and accessories round out the collection. The collection includes American, British, German, and Soviet vehicles. Tours are by appointment only. Please email to arrange a visit. Note: Jacques Littlefield, who established the MVTF, passed away in January of 2009.
Military Veterans Museum ("Fields of Honor") contains an extensive collection of military
vehicles, equipment and military related items. Navy Room has the recommisioning
plaque from the USS Wisconsin, a piece of the the USS Arizona and the
log book pages from the USS California for Dec. 7th 1941. The 32nd Division
exhibit contains many personal artfacts and mementos of WWI and WWII's
Pacific Theatre. Large display of US military insignia and library containing
books, documents and service manuals, over 3000 titles. City Center Plaza
in downtown Oshkosh, WI. Mail: P.O. Box 511, Neenah, WI. 54957-0511. 920-426-8615
Miracle of America Museum.
Extensive military display which includes over 20 vehicles, a large collection
of home-front posters, bomber equipment, and memorabilia from several
wars. 58176 Highway 93 Polson, MT 59860. 406-883-6804 email@example.com
Motts Military Museum.
Exhibits of memorabilia, photos, equipment and vehicles (including Huey
chopper) from wars including US Civil War through the Gulf War. NASA exhibit
too. 5075 South Hamilton Road, Groveport, OH 43125. 614-836-1500, 614-836-5110
Museum of the American G.I. is a A Living History Museum preserving the equipment, uniforms and memories of the American serviceman. Features restored military vehicles and equipment, original military uniform collection, fully functional weapons and artillery, equipment and technical library, and memorabilia collection. Living history activities are held at the museum and annual combat reenactments. 1303 Cherokee St., College Station, TX. Brent Mullins, President/CEO, 979-690-0203.
Museum of the Forgotten Warriors is dedicated to all veterans, honored through exhibit halls of tens of thousands of artifacts from all American wars. Exhibits range from cannons, helicopters and tanks to uniforms, equipment, papers and relics. Open Thursdays and special days (see website). Free admission. 5865 A Road, Marysville, CA 96901 (west of Beale Air Force Base). 530-742-3090.
The Museum of the Marine in Jacksonville, NC tells the story of the unique contributions of Camp Lejeune and auxillary bases throughout the Carolinas from their establishment in World War II to the accomplishments of the MV-22/Osprey and other innovations for today's battlefield. Post Office Box 1046, Jacksonville, NC 28541-1046. 910-937-0033, 910-937-0537 fax.
Museum of the Soldier. Highlights the service and sacrifice of the military veteran, through uniforms, photographs, and related items. 510 East Arch Street, Portland, IN 47371. 260-726-2967 . firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Cryptologic
Museum provides a "peek behind the curtain" at a once-secret world
-- the exploitation of enemy cryptology and the protection of American
communications. Colony 7 Road, off Maryland Rt. 32 at the Baltimore/Washington
Parkway, Ft. Meade, MD.
National Historic Seaport
of Baltimore (Maryland), includes the World War II submarine Torsk
and the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Taney, last warship afloat that survived
the Pearl Harbor attack, along with Ft. McHenry, ships from the 19th century
and other U.S. history landmarks. (Thanks to Arthur Kyle for this suggestion.)
National Military Heritage Museum is dedicated to preserving the military heritage of all branches of the United States Armed Forces and those who served on the home front, both during war and between wars. Exhibits include the transportation building that features helicopters and vehicles. 701 Messanie Street, St Joseph, Missouri 64501. 816-233-4321, 816-279-9667 fax. email@example.com
National Military History Center. See WWII Victory Museum.
Museum. Ship models, uniforms, medals, ordnance, tools, equipment, photographs and fine art. 805 Kidder Breese Street SE Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5060.
The National Museum of the Pacific
War (formerly the Admiral Nimitz Museum and Historical Center) is
the only institution in the continental United States dedicated exclusively
to telling the story of World War II in the Pacific Theater. Located on
a seven-acre site, the Center includes the George Bush Gallery, Admiral
Nimitz Museum, Plaza of Presidents, Veterans' Walk of Honor, Japanese
Garden of Peace, Pacific War Combat Zone, and the Center for Pacific War
In addition to nearly 24,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space, the
museum boasts an impressive display of Allied and Japanese aircraft, tanks,
guns and other large artifacts made famous during the Pacific War campaigns.
P O Box 777, Fredericksburg TX 78624. 830-997-4379, 830-997-8220 fax.
The Old Guard Museum,
tells the story of the United States Army's oldest active infantry unit.
Building 249, Sheridan Avenue, Fort Myer, VA 22211.
Oregon Military Museum,
has a firearms collection, Liberty trucks, tanks, trucks, artillery, uniforms,
radios, books, films, and pictures. Public visitation Fri Sat 1-4; otherwise
by appointment Tues to Fri 8 to 5. Steve Mc George, Director. Camp Withycombe,
Clackamas, Oregon 97015. 503-557 5359.
George S. Patton Memorial Museum. Established to honor the late General
George S. Patton and the thousands of men who served with him here at
the Desert Training Center and overseas. Located off Interstate 10, about
30 miles east of Indio at Chiriaco Summit, at what was the entrance to
Camp Young, command post for the DTC during World War II. Chiriaco Summit,
CA 92201. 760-227-3483.
The National Museum of the Marine Corps is on a 135-acre site adjacent to Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA. The 120,000-square-foot musuem structure houses world-class interactive exhibits using the most innovative technology to surround visitors with irreplaceable artifacts and immerse them in the sights and sounds of Marines in action. 18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Triangle, VA 22172. 877-635-1775.
The Patton Museum of Cavalry
and Armor is administered by the US Army at Fort Knox, KY. This web
site describes the museum, including its extensive inventory of vehicles
from many countries, and has Gen. Patton bio and other info.
The Pennsylvania Military Museum recounts the story of Pennsylvania citizen's who served in defense of their nation. Their service is highlighted through exhibits and artifacts that are documented by the museum's excellent collection of vehicles and small arms. Year-round events include reenactments, documentaries, speakers and more. The Pennsylvania Military Museum and 28th Infantry Division Shrine occupy 67 acres that includes a military parade grounds, landing zone, and recreation/picnic area. 602 Boalsburg Pike, Boalsburg, PA 16827. 814-466-6263.
The Reno NV Military Heritage Museum features rotating exhibits
ranging from the Revolutionary War era to the Persian Gulf War. Located
in the entrance to the Nursing Home Care Unit at the Ioannis A. Lougaris
VA Medical Center, 1000 Locust Street, Reno, NV 89502. Open every day
7 AM to 8 PM. Contact Thomas J. Iverson, Curator at 775-328-1491. firstname.lastname@example.org
Russell Military Museum.
Authentic aircraft and vehicles from World War I through Desert Storm,
including tanks, airplanes, helicopters, motorcycles, boats, and howitzers.
I-94 & Hwy. 165, 11114 120 Ave., Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin 53159,
262-857-3418 , 262- 857-7934 fax. email@example.com.
The U.S. Navy Seabee Museum covers the history of the Naval Construction Battalions from their beginning at the outset of WW II to today. Many exhibits of uniforms, equipment, weapons, and their many accomplishments in building the installations needed to support combat operations. Naval Base Ventura County, Building 99, Port Hueneme, CA 93043. 805-982-5165. A new U.S. Navy Seabee Museum is being constructed adjacent to the Construction Battalion Center portion of the Naval Base Ventura County, situated directly on Ventura Road. (Thanks to Frank Lopez for updated information.)
From 1794 to 1968 the Springfield Armory was a center for the manufacture of U.S. Military small arms and the site
of many important technological advances. A large weapons museum is now
housed in the original Main Arsenal Building, 1 Armory Square, Springfield,
MA 01105-1299. 413-734-8551.
Texas Military Forces Museum. Exhibits of the Texas air and land military from Texas' War of Independence to today. Building 6, 2200 West 35th Street, Camp Mabry, Austin, TX. (Just west of Loop 1, MOPAC Blvd). 512-782-5659.
Through indoor, outdoor, and on-line exhibits, the Tropic Lightning Museum relates the history of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Wheeler Army Airfield, and the 25th Infantry Division from 1941 to the present. Building #361, Waianae Avenue, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii 96857-5000. 808-655-0438.
U.S. Army Engineer Museum at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO has examples of construction, bridging,
land mines, and many other aspects of Army Engineer history and activities.
U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) is located with the Army War College, and is the only currently active arm of the National Museum of the US Army. It is home to the Military History Institute, the Army Heritage Museum, a full Army Conservation Lab and a comprehensive Visitors Center for tours and events. 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013. 717-245-3971.
The U.S. Army Medical
Department Museum, Fort Sam Houston, TX. Collection consists of Army
medical equiptment (including captured medical equipment used by foreign
armies), uniforms, artwork, photographs, and scale models and a collection
of restored and replica ambulance vehicles.
U.S. Army Ordnance Museum
Exhibits an enormous array of ordnance, representing weaponry from the
Revolution to Viet Nam. Edged weapons, handguns, rifles, machine guns,
grenades, mines, booby traps, and more. A 25-acre field contains more
than 200 armored vehicles of all types. Bldg 2601, Aberdeen Proving Ground,
Maryland 21005-5201 410-278 3603, 410-278 7473 fax.
U.S. Army Quartermaster
Museum. Since 1957 the Quartermaster Museum, at Ft. Lee, Virginia,
has preserved the history and heritage of the U.S. Army Quartermaster
Corps, the Army's oldest logistic branch. For more than two centuries
Quartermaster soldiers have fed, clothed and equipped the United States
Army Signal Corps Museum at Fort Gordon, GA preserves and teaches
all aspects of the history of the Signal Corps, the development of Fort
Gordon and vicinity, and the U.S. Army. Many unique artifacts dating as
far back as 1861.
The U.S. Army Transportation Museum at Fort Eustis, VA is the only museum in the United States devoted entirely to the history of military transportation.
In 1987, the museum was rededicated as Besson Hall, in honor of General
Frank S. Besson, the first four-star Transportation Corps general. Nearly
100 vehicles, amphibians, aircraft, rail equipment and experimental craft
can be seen in the vehicle park and in the helicopter pavilion adjoining
The U.S. Army Women's Museum
at Fort Lee, Virginia is dedicated to collecting, preserving and illustrating
the history of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, the Women's Army Corps
and Women in today's Army. 2100 Adams Avenue, Building P-5219, Fort Lee,
VA 23801-2100. 804-734-4326.
The Veterans Memorial Museum, operated by the Alabama Center of Military History, is dedicated to promoting and disseminating the accomplishments of American military men and women from World War I to the present day. The Museum displays more than 30 historical military vehicles as well as tableaus, artifacts, and other memorabilia. There are 'living history' presentations on many Saturdays by affiliated reenactment groups. 2060A Airport Road, Huntsville, AL 35801. 256-883-3737. firstname.lastname@example.org
Officer Hall of Fame (unofficially known as the Warrant Officer Museum)
and the Warrant Officer Career Center are centrally located at Fort Rucker
Alabama. The aviation oriented displays date from the Vietnam war and
continue up through the Persian Gulf war.
Watervliet Arsenal Museum
houses many priceless bits of history, such as old weaponry and ammunition
dating back to the 16th century and modern cannon and guns, everything
from 60mm lightweight company mortars to the massive 16-inch guns of World
War II battleship fame. Rt. 155. North of Albany, NY.
The West Point Museum at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY holds the oldest and largest diversified public collection of miltaria in the Western Hemisphere. Open all year except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
At the White Sands Missile Range
Museumyou can trace the origin of America's missile and space activity,
find out how the atomic age began, and see the missile park displaying
a variety of missiles and rockets tested at White Sands. Las Cruces or
El Paso gate, White Sands Missle Range, New Mexico. 505-678-8824.
The WWII Victory Museum is
the single largest, and possibly most important collection of WWII vehicles,
uniforms, arms, equipment and documents in the world. Over 100 vehicles
from the U.S., the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Czechoslovakia, Belgium
and Germany, many operational, are the centerpiece of the collection.
Located in Auburn, Indiana. 260-927-9144. UPDATE: On 8 December 2012 an auction was held to reaise money to keep this museum open by downsizing. Name changed to National Military History Center.
The Wright Museum. Situated on a six-acre site in historic Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, the museum has
a unique collection of World War II vehicles and artifacts preserved from
the years 1939 to 1945.
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