National Museum of the U.S. Army

Many guns in displays

Opens 2020

Fort Belvoir, Virginia

  • Celebrate over 240 years of Army history and honor 
  • 2020 Opening on hold
  •  joint effort between the U.S. Army and the non-profit organization, The Army Historical Foundation (AHF)
  • Admission to the Museum will be free
  • projected to welcome 500,000-750,000 visitors annually
  • U.S. Army will own and operate the Museum
  • AHF will manage the Museum store, café, and catering services for special events
  • the Museum is part of the U.S. Army Center of Military History

1775 Liberty Drive
Fort Belvoir, VA 22060

 (800) 506-2672

THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY CELEBRATES OVER 240 YEARS OF ARMY HISTORY AND HONORS OUR NATION’S SOLDIERS—PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE—THE REGULAR ARMY, THE ARMY RESERVE AND THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD.


U. S. Army Center of Military History

Mission: recording the official history of the Army in both peace and war

  • 1874 history of the Civil War written by historians under the Secretary of War 
  • July 1943 General Staff historical branch created
  • 1968 – 1st “Directory, of US. Army Museums” published (59 listed)
  • 1975 Bicentennial “Guide to US. Army Museums and Historic Sites” compiled by Norman M. Cary
  • 1992 3rd Edition of “A Guide to Us. Army Museums”
  • 2005 4th Edition of “The Guide to US. Army Museums”

Words alone cannot convey the full import of the Army’s historical collection. Until visitors can step inside a CG-4A cargo glider
from World War II, they may never appreciate how fragile these

aircraft were or how brave and resolute were the occupants who
flew in these small behemoths over the night sky at Normandy. The
charred remains of a chaplain’s kit says more about the courage of
its owner than the citation for his Medal of Honor could ever explain.

https://history.army.mil/html/books/070/70-51/CMH_Pub_70-51.pdf

Currently

  • 59 Army museums
  • 176 other holdings
  • 500,000 artifacts
  • 15,000 works of military art
  • maintain the organizational history of Army units

https://history.army.mil/html/books/070/70-51/CMH_Pub_70-51.pdf

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