Upon its completion, the National Museum of the United States Army will stand as the crowning achievement of a historical preservation effort nearly as old as the Army itself. Discover the future of this nationwide destination for honor, education, and experience.
THE ARMY IS THE ONLY BRANCH OF THE MILITARY WITHOUT A NATIONAL MUSEUM.
The National Museum of the United States Army will serve as the capstone of the Army Museum Enterprise (see more here) and provide the only comprehensive portrayal of Army history and traditions. The National Army Museum will celebrate the selfless service and sacrifice of over 30 million men and women who have worn the Army uniform since 1775. The Museum will be a technological marvel incorporating the latest advances in museum exhibits while providing advanced educational opportunities that will capture the attention of visitors old and young. As the Army’s national landmark, the Museum will honor United States Soldiers – past, present, and future – and provide an interactive educational experience explaining the Army’s role in creating and defending our nation, as well as the Army’s social initiatives and contributions for more than 240 years.
The Army established the National Museum of the United States Army Project Office to oversee the design and construction of the Museum. Under a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of the Army, The Army Historical Foundation was designated as the official fundraising entity for the National Museum of the United States Army. This unique partnership will continue when the Museum opens -- the U.S. Army will operate and maintain the Museum and The Army Historical Foundation will be responsible for all Museum related revenue-generating operations. The Museum anticipates approximately 750,000 visitors annually.
The National Army Museum will be located on over 80 acres and a publicly accessible site at Fort Belvoir, VA less than 30 minutes south of our nation’s capital in Washington, D.C. The main building will be approximately 186,000 square feet and display selections from thousands of pieces from the Army Art Collection and the Army’s vast collection of artifacts, documents, and images. The majority of these rare and priceless artifacts have never been seen by the American people. The Museum will also feature an Experiential Learning Center and the Museum center will host a variety of outdoor experiences.
Development of NMUSA exhibits, interactive experiences, and educational content has been ongoing since 2008. Army oversight has been instrumental in ensuring only the most contemporary technology and teaching models are incorporated into Museum experiences. When the over 60,000 square foot main gallery is complete, it will house more than 1,500 artifacts dating from Colonial times to the present day and welcome an estimated one million visitors per year.
The Army Historical Foundation (AHF) was established in 1983 as a member-based, publicly supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of the American Soldier. Under a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of the Army signed in September 2000, AHF is the official fundraising entity for the Museum and is leading the NMUSA Capital Campaign. To learn more about AHF, the Capital Campaign, and Museum support opportunities, please visit the AHF website.