Do you want a good reason to schedule you and your family’s next vacation to the State of Georgia?
There are many things to do and see in this beautiful Southeastern State, but before all else, you should visit the National Infantry Museum.
In today’s post, I am going to give you the top 12 cool facts about the National Infantry Museum.
The National Infantry Museum is located just outside the United States Army’s home of the infantry… Fort Benning.
The museum is just outside Ft. Benning’s Maneuver Center of Excellence in Columbus, Georgia.
The National Infantry Museum is huge… 190,000 square feet approximately.
This wonderful museum was opened in 2009.
#4: Public And Private Events
The museum is so large that they also have space to host various public and private events. It could be large corporate meetings or even weddings have been held at this location.
#5: Some Of The Best Attractions
While the National Infantry Museum has many attractions to keep you busy all day, some of the top attractions are:
- Combat Simulators
- Soldier Store Gift Shop
- The Memorial Walk of Honor
- The Global War on Terrorism Memorial
- A Giant Screen Theater
- The Fife and Drum Restaurant
- Heritage Walk
- Vietnam Memorial Plaza
- and World War II Company Street
#6: The Museum’s Mission
Just like the soldier, the officer and each Army unit, the National Infantry Museum also has a mission. It is:
To honor the legacy and valor of the U.S. Army Infantryman.
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#7: Before 2009
Before this monstrous facility was opened in 2009, the museum was located on base in an old Army hospital.
While other attractions like this would cost an entry fee, the National Infantry Museum is free. But please if you can, donate $5, 10, 20, 100 or even $1,000 to keep this preservation going strong.
#9: Managed By
The Museum is managed by the National Infantry Foundation.
#10: How Does The Museum Survive Financially?
The Foundation does count on donations plus, the Army supplies around 30% of the Museum’s operating expenses. There is also a charge for the theater and combat simulators, plus revenues from the restaurant and store. And also, rentals for events helps.
#11: Museum Hours
The hours for the museum are:
Closed on Mondays
9 AM – 5 PM Tuesdays through Saturday
11 AM – 5 PM on Sundays
Federal Holidays can change hours.
#12: The National Infantry Museum Is Social
Quite social at that…
So let’s hear from all of you who have visited this magnificent dedication to the infantry.
Tell us how great it is.
I hope you enjoyed this post and you can leave all questions and comments below.
About The Author
Greg Boudonck is a full time freelance writer and the author of over 50 books. He served in the United States Army in the early 1980’s and enjoys writing about military subjects. You can see Greg’s books on Amazon by searching his name and you can also visit his website at Lancerlife.com.