The National Museum of the United States Army, located on the publicly accessible area of Fort Belvoir in southern Fairfax County, is the first comprehensive and truly national museum to capture, display and interpret the Army's history by telling stories through the eyes of soldiers. Named one of the "Best New Attractions in 2020" by USA Today, the museum tells over 245 years of military history through immersive multimedia exhibits. 

National Museum of the U.S. Army

The museum is free to the public, but timed-entry tickets are required. Here’s how to request yours. All tickets must be reserved in advance online and there is a limit of five tickets per request. 

To help you plan your trip to this incredible attraction, we've compiled a list of 10 of the must-see exhibits and features of Fairfax County’s newest museum, the National Museum of the United States Army.

Army Theater

Army Theater - National Museum of the U.S. ArmyThe Army Theater’s film, “Of Noble Deeds,” explores what it means to truly be an American Soldier. It includes footage of Soldiers and current Army operations along with re-creations of some of the Army’s most significant battles – broadcast on a 300-degree screen with external sensory elements.
Don’t miss: “Of Noble Deeds” is shown multiple times a day and does not require an additional ticket.

 

Experiential Learning Center

Experiential Learning Center - National Museum of the U.S. Army
The Experiential Learning Center (ELC) offers a unique and immersive learning space where visitors of all ages can develop skills and have fun with Geography, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (G-STEM).
Don’t miss: In the Training Center, there are five learning stations where you simulate the work of Army Soldiers, from engineering bridge building to aerial vehicle operations. And in the Action Center, transport yourself into Army experiences through a series of virtual reality simulations.

 

The Medal of Honor Experience

Medal of Honor Garden at the National Museum of the U.S. Army
The Medal of Honor Experience invites visitors to explore the history of the Medal of Honor and learn about the award recommendation process and hierarchy of Army awards that recognize heroic actions.
Don’t miss: The adjacent outdoor Medal of Honor Garden, which identifies and honors Army recipients of the nation’s highest award for valor – a peaceful space allowing visitors the opportunity to reflect on the values exemplified by the medal’s recipients.

 

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*Photos courtesy National Museum of the United States Army/Duane Lempke.