It only took 240 years
While the U.S. Army’s museum system (which let me poke around its “attic” in Anniston a few years ago) has 46 small outlets, typically run at the division and branch level and not necessarily open to those without a CAC card, there is no public National Museum of the Army.
Well, I should say that there was no National Museum of the Army, until yesterday.
The Old Guard kicked off the Museum’s Opening Ceremony at Fort Belvoir, VA, Nov. 11, 2020.
The National Museum of the United States Army celebrates over 240 years of Army history and honors our nation’s Soldiers—past, present, and future—the regular Army, the Army Reserve, and the Army National Guard, and I have to say it looks great. I can’t wait to check it out on my next trip to NoVa.
The 185,000-square-foot facility has 11 galleries and nearly 1,390 artifacts available for visitors to see. Those wishing to tour the museum can do so by first visiting the website and ordering a free ticket.
In related news, “the Army Museum Enterprise is getting rid of duplicate artifacts among its 580,000-item collection over the next five years, leaving opportunities for other museums, veterans organizations, national parks, and state and local governments to ultimately claim the excess inventory.”
Looks like they got around to cleaning out the attic.