National Museum of the US Army


The National Museum of the Army, in Virginia, about 30 minutes south of Washington DC was opened in 2021.  There are still construction going outside when I visited in the spring of 2022. The first real military museum that I had a chance to visit since the pandemic hit. Everything is new, it design is fresh, and has great items on display.  The galleries flow from pre-revolutionary war right through the wars in the 21st century in Iraq and Afghanistan. Being the 'official' US Army museum, it of course pays homage to the men and women who served.  At the same time, it was a very balanced view of the role the US Army played, good and bad. There was a great balance of views about segregation, treatment of minorities and females.  Politics are considered but kept at a minimum to understand context.

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