The National Museum of the United States Army will celebrate over 240 years of Army history and honor our nation’s Soldiers – past, present, and future – regular Army, Army Reserves, and the Army National Guard. It’s a massive undertaking led by a joint effort between the U. S. Army and the non-profit organization, The Army Historical Foundation (AHF).
As the capstone museum of the Army Museum Enterprise, the National Army Museum will provide the only comprehensive portrayal of Army history and traditions. The Museum also will offer educational experiences to illustrate the Army’s role in building and defending our nation, as well as humanitarian missions, public contributions, and technological and medical breakthroughs.
The U.S. Army designated the Army Historical Foundation as the official fundraisers to finance the building’s construction. The U. S. Army has leased to AHF an 84-acre site on Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Between the Army and AHF, contracts have been awarded for the Museum’s building and exhibit design, fabrication, and installation. Architect Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP and exhibit designers Christopher Chadbourne & Associates and Eisterhold Associates Inc. created the Museum’s vision and design. Clark Construction Group, LLC is constructing the 185,000 square-foot museum facility. Design and Production, Inc. will fabricate and install the gallery exhibits. The Scenic Route, Inc. is designing, fabricating, and installing the Experiential Learning Center, the Medal of Honor Experience, the Army Theater, and the Army Trail visitor experiences. In total, over 30 different organizations are bringing their expertise to this monumentally important project.
When the Museum opens to the public in late 2019, the U.S. Army will own and operate the Museum while AHF will manage the Museum store, café, and catering services for special events. Within the Army organizational structure, the Museum is part of the U.S. Army Center of Military History whose higher headquarters is the Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army.