WASHINGTON – The National Museum of the United States Army will officially open to the public on Nov. 11, Veterans Day. Soldiers around the world can watch this historic occasion via livestream. The link to the program and the start time will be announced soon at www.theNMUSA.org.
Located on a publicly accessible, 84-acre site within the boundaries of Fort Belvoir, the NMUSA will be the first and only museum to tell the entire history of the Army since its establishment in 1775.
“The U.S. Army and the American Soldier forged the birth of our nation,” noted Secretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy. “The National Army Museum will be a place for members of the total Army family to gather and share their stories, while also creating an opportunity for visitors to connect with our nation’s history through the eyes and voices of individual Soldiers.”
The museum’s Experiential Learning Center will provide visitors of all ages a unique opportunity to participate in hands-on, educational and team-building activities in the areas of geography, science, technology, engineering and math.
“The museum is stunning, and it is an honor to present this history in a way that shows the connection between the American Soldier, the U.S. Army and the nation,” said the museum’s director, Tammy E. Call.
The museum will open with enhanced health and safety measures for visitors. Free, timed-entry tickets are required to manage occupant capacity and provide an optimal experience to guests.
“We have worked hard to ensure the safety of our staff and visitors, and we are excited to open the doors of this long-awaited national museum,” added Call.
The 185,000-square-foot facility, under construction since 2017, is a joint effort between the 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.
“The Army is people. They are our greatest strength and our most important weapon system,” said the Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. James C. McConville. “The National Museum of the United States Army is designed to tell the compelling and heroic stories of our people and take visitors on an exciting journey through our history told through the American Soldiers’ point of view.”
To view a three-minute video about the museum, visit youtu.be/3MLNA_bf2EE. For inquiries about NMUSA’s permanent and special exhibits, tours and tickets, contact the facility’s public affairs representative, Susan Smullen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-246-1610.
Those with questions about the Army’s involvement in the project can contact the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs, Media Relations Division, William Sharp at email@example.com.
For inquiries on building construction, fundraising, donor programs, personalized sponsor bricks and special event space, contact the Army Historical Foundation, Dan Gregory, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-285-4137.