National Museum of the United States Army to open in 2020

August 28, 2019

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June 4, 2020.

That's the opening date for the National Museum of the United States Army.

"The Army has served American citizens for 244 years, protecting the freedoms that are precious to all of us. Millions of people have served in the Army, and this museum gives us the chance to tell their stories to the public, and show how they have served our nation and our people," said acting Secretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy in a release.

Located on Fairfax County Parkway just outside Fort Belvoir, Virginia, about 17 miles from the nation's capital, the museum is a joint effort of the U.S. Army and the non-profit Army Historical Foundation, which is constructing the building through private funds. The U.S. Army is providing the museum's infrastructure, roads, utilities, and exhibit work.

"This state-of-the-art museum will engage visitors in the Army's story -- highlighting how the Army was at the birth of our nation over 240 years ago, and how it continues to influence our everyday lives," said Museum Director Tammy Call. "The National Museum of the United States Army will be stunning, and we can't wait to welcome visitors from around the world to see it."

The museum complex is comprised of 185,000 square feet of building space along with gardens, trails, and an amphitheater. Exhibits and galleries will tell the story of the founding of the nation through three exhibits called Soldier Stories, Fighting for the Nation and Army and Society.

The Fighting for the Nation exhibit is broken down into six galleries that cover from the Revolutionary War through the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Each of the galleries is sized-based on the percentage of the American population that served during the time frame it covers.

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In addition, the Army and Society Gallery will include stories of Army innovations and the relationship between the Army, civilian government, and American people. The Experiential Learning Center will provide visitors of all ages with hands-on geography, science, technology, engineering and math (G-STEM) learning and team-building activities.

The museum will be free to visit but a timed-entry ticket will be required. Additional ticketing information will be available early next year. The facility will be open every day of the year, with the exception of Dec. 25.

Around 750,000 visitors are expected to visit the museum during its first year of operation.

For more information, visit the museum's website at http://www.theNMUSA.org.

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