Construction on the began early this year at Fort Belvior, Virginia.
“The 186,000-square foot museum will tell the stories of the 30 million men and women who have worn the Army uniform from 1775 to the present.
The $200 million museum is expected to welcome 750,000 visitors a year once it opens in 2019.”
The Army is currently the only branch of our military that doesn’t have their own museum.
The official fundraiser for this facility is the Army Historical Foundation (AHF). The AHF was established in 1983 as a charitable 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Their purpose is
To educate future Americans to fully appreciate the sacrifices that generations of American Soldiers have made to safeguard the freedoms of this nation. Our funding helps to refurbish historical Army buildings, acquire and conserve Army historical art and artifacts, support Army history educational programs, research, and publication of historical materials on the American Soldier, and provide support and counsel to private and governmental organizations committed to the same goals.
Included within the museum will be the Experiential Learning Center, a place where visitors will be able to
Engage in a series of digital, hands-on training exercises that mimic the experiences of Army Soldiers. The GSTEM concepts taught in these exercises can be put to use in the squad-based humanitarian mission played in the adjoining Learning Lab.
The are other significant areas within the museum in which you can visit right now.
The Virtual Army Museum is a visual story about the army’s involvement with the Vietnam War.
Also available is a number of biographies of historical and recent members of the U.S. Army in their Stories of Service site.
And finally, in partnership with the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, you have access to dozens ofstories of our military servicemen who have received the Congressional Medal of Honor, our highest medal for valor.
You don’t have to wait for the museum to open in 2019. You have much of the history of the U.S. Army available at your fingertips right now. So hop to it!