The National Museum of the American Army officially opened to the public on Veterans Day on an 84-acre site at Fort Belvior in Northern Virginia. A joint effort between the U.S. Army and the nonprofit Army Historical Foundation, the National Army Museum tells the story of the Army’s 245 years in a striking $430 million, 185,00-square-foot main building.
The museum includes the Soldiers’ Stories Gallery, which features pictures and biographical information on more than 40 soldiers from all periods in Army history, including five from the Vietnam War. It also contains eleven galleries featuring nearly 1,400 artifacts that showcase the Army’s role in the Revolutionary War , World War I, World War II, and the Cold War. The latter includes a Vietnam War section with a Huey suspended from the ceiling, an M-16, and a pair of pajamas worn by an American POW in Hanoi.
Admission is free. Timed tickets that may be ordered in advance at the museum’s website.
November 16, 2020