The National Museum of the United States Army opens to the public on June 4. The museum will be the first and only museum to tell the Army’s entire 244-year history. Under construction on a publicly accessible area of Fort Belvoir, admission to the museum will be free.
“The Army has served American citizens for 244 years, protecting the freedoms that are precious to all of us,” said acting Army Secretary Ryan D. McCarthy. “Millions of people have served in the Army, and this museum gives us the chance to tell their stories to the public, and show how they have served our nation and our people.”
In addition to historic galleries, the museum’s Army and Society Gallery will include stories of Army innovations and the symbiotic relationship between the Army, its civilian government and the people. The museum’s Experiential Learning Center will provide a unique and interactive learning space for visitors of all ages to participate in hands-on geography, science, technology, engineering and math (G-STEM) learning and team-building activities.
“This state-of-the art museum will engage visitors in the Army’s story — highlighting how the Army was at the birth of our nation over 240 years ago, and how it continues to influence our everyday lives,” said Tammy Call, museum director. “The National Museum of the United States Army will be stunning, and we can’t wait to welcome visitors from around the world to see it.”
The Army will operate the museum every day of the year, except Christmas. Museum officials expect 750,000 visitors in the first year. A timed-entry ticket will be required. Free timed-entry tickets will help manage anticipated crowds and provide the optimum visitor experience. More information on ticketing will be available in early 2020.
For information, visit the museum’s website at http://www.theNMUSA.org.
To view a video of the National Museum of the United States Army, go to https://youtu.be/rG-jrw7kDLs.