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National Museum of the U.S. Army opens on Veterans Day

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The National Museum of the United States Army opened on an accessible area of Fort Belvoir in Virginia on Veterans Day (November 11).

The National Museum of the U.S. Army is the first and only museum to explore the whole history of the U.S. Army since its establishment in 1775.

The $200m attraction broke ground in 2016. It displays Army artefacts, documents, images and artwork, the majority of which have never been seen by the public.

“The U.S. Army and the American Soldier forged the birth of our nation,” said 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.”

$200m attraction broke ground in 2016

The museum includes an Experiential Learning Center, featuring hands-on, educational and team-building activities in geography, science, technology, engineering and math (G-STEM).

“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.

“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.”

The National Army Museum is implementing enhanced health and safety measures, and free, timed-entry tickets are required to manage visitor capacity.

Museum includes an Experiential Learning Center

The museum is a partnership between the U.S. Army and the Army Historical Foundation. The U.S. Army owns and operates, while AHF manages retail, catering and special events.

“The Army is people. They are our greatest strength and our most important weapon system,” said General James C McConville, who serves as the 40th Chief of Staff of the Army.

“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 the history of the U.S. Army as told through the American Soldiers’ point of view.”

Images: National Museum of the U.S. Army

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