The National Museum of the United States Army reopened on Monday. June 14, 2021, marks the Army’s 246th birthday. The museum is the first to tell the history of the U.S. Army since its establishment in 1775.
“June will be a month of celebration as we recognize Army Heritage Month, the Army’s birthday, and the reopening of the Army museum,” said John Whitley, acting Secretary of the Army. “As the museum tells the history of our American Soldiers and honors their accomplishments and sacrifices, we will also reflect on their more recent service to our nation, including their contributions to COVID-19 and disaster-relief efforts, and the protection they provide us all.”
Located at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, the museum officially opened in November 2020 but was closed due to the pandemic.
The museum is the first to capture, display and interpret the Army’s history by telling stories through the eyes of Soldiers. Its displays and interactive-learning exhibits illustrate the Army’s role in building and defending our nation, as well as Army humanitarian missions and technological and medical breakthroughs built on Army ingenuity.
In addition to the galleries and exhibits, the museum features a multisensory 300-degree theater, a tranquil rooftop garden, and hundreds of historic treasures rarely or never-before-seen by the public.
Free, timed-entry tickets are now available through the museum’s website at http://www.theNMUSA.org. All tickets must be reserved in advance online, and there is a limit of five tickets per request.
To view a short video of the museum, please visit https://youtu.be/3MLNA_bf2EE.
The museum is a joint effort between the U.S. Army and the Army Historical Foundation, a non-profit organization. The AHF constructed the building through private funds, and the U.S. Army provided the infrastructure, roads, utilities, and exhibit work that transformed the building into a museum. The Army owns and operates the museum, and the AHF manages retail, catering, and special events.