While there are numerous military and war museums across our great country, there are several notable military museums that every patriotic American should plan to visit. Each museum in this list offers unique opportunities to learn about America’s military history and to learn more about the sacrifics of the men and women who have served, and are serving, this nation. In no particular order, here are our top ten American military museums to visit with links to find out more about them.
Airborne & Special Operations Museum
The main exhibit gallery transports you through time, starting in 1940 with the conception of the United States Army Parachute Test Platoon and ending with today’s Airborne and Special Operations units. A must-see for any fan of Special Operations history.
Navy SEAL Museum
This is the only museum in the world exclusively dedicated to preserving the history of Naval Special Warfare. The Navy SEAL Museum honors the service of “Frogmen” from World War II to the present day.
The National WWII Museum — New Orleans
Founded in 2000 as the National D-Day Museum, this museum complex spotlights the American experience in WWII — why it was fought, how it was won and what it means today. This is a truly unique and interactive WWII experience.
The National Naval Aviation Museum
Located on Naval Air Station Pensacola, this museum is home to tens of thousands of aviation items (inlcuding aircraft, of course) and millions of documents which span the entire spectrum of Naval aviation history.
National Museum of the U.S. Army
Currently under construction, this museum will provide the only comprehensive portrayal of U.S. Army history and traditions. The National Army Museum will be located on 84 acres at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
National Museum of the Marine Corps
Located near the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia, this museum features highly-detailed interactive exhibits that surround visitors with artifacts and immerse them in the sights and sounds of Marines in action. You will feel like you’re part of the exhibits.
National Museum of the U.S. Navy
This museum features exhibits and artwork on different navigational tools used by the Navy as well as artifacts captured during naval operations. For those interested in naval history and traditions, you are sure to find what you are looking for here.
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
For those traveling to the midwest, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, this museum, the oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world, features a collection of aircraft used throughout the history of the Air Force.
United States Coast Guard Museum
Located on the campus of the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, this museum features artifacts from the nearly 230-year history of the Coast Guard.
National Guard Memorial Museum
Located in Washington, D.C., this is the first and only national museum dedicated to telling the story of 375 years of National Guard history.
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