The Museum is performing routine maintenance, some areas may be unavailable during your visit.
The United States Army owns and operates the Museum and those federal job opportunities are advertised on USAJOBS. Government contractor positions and employment opportunities with the Army Historical Foundation are independently advertised.
Use the Army Historical Foundation’s Brick Locator App to find your commemorative brick prior to your visit, or when you are visiting the Museum. Please note the Army Historical Foundation has not yet installed bricks purchased after November 2018 and those bricks will be installed during future exterior projects.
The Public Affairs Office regularly provides access to the Museum for members of the media. More details on how to arrange a Museum media visit are available in the Press Room.
Yes, please see Directions and Parking for more information.
General admission tickets to the Museum are free and must be reserved in advance. General admission tickets include access to all exhibits, the Experiential Learning Center, and the Army Theater. There is a fee for the Army Action Center’s virtual reality and motion theater experiences which interested visitors may purchase online or in person at the Museum.
The health and safety of Museum visitors, volunteers, and staff is a priority in daily operations. The Museum staff has developed a comprehensive plan to protect the health of Museum visitors, staff, volunteers and collections. Following guidance from the Department of Defense and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we are committed to ensuring a safe and first-rate visitor experience.
More detailed information about the Museum’s COVID-19 visitor information can be found at COVID-19 Opening Information.
No. The Museum is open to the public with a free timed-entry ticket. The Museum is located on a publicly accessible area of Fort Belvoir. Government issued ID cards, military IDs, and/or Fort Belvoir visitor passes are not required to gain entry. Please reserve your free timed-entry tickets prior to your visit.
Please bring your printed tickets or readily available on a mobile device.
Visit these pages on our website for COVID visitor information and a complete list of policies and prohibited items.
The Museum is accessible and compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Museum also offers a variety of devices and tools to accommodate the needs of all visitors. For more detailed information, please visit Accessibility and Accommodations and ask a Museum volunteer for assistance.
Audio tours and transcripts are available at the Welcome Desk. The tours are available in Spanish (Español), French (Français), Italian (Italiano), German (Deutsche), Portuguese (Português), Mandarin Chinese (普通话), Japanese (日本語), Korean (한국어), and Arabic (عربى).
The Museum Café offers a variety of options. Learn more about the Museum Café and the health and safety measures in place, including distanced seating, enhanced cleaning and self-service options, and their customize app.
Please note: outside food and drink are not permitted in the Museum.
Yes, the Museum Store is open during visitor hours and also offers an online store. Learn more about the Museum Store.
Volunteers have the opportunity to support a variety of activities including, but not limited to, visitor services, special events, tours, education and administrative support.
Begin the process by completing an application on the application page of the Museum’s Volunteer Portal. Applications are processed in cycles and include a 15-minute interview. Accepted applicants will also complete 10 hours of training and a background check. Some volunteer positions may require additional, specialized training.
Our volunteers have a variety of experiences, expertise, abilities, and backgrounds. We recommend all interested individuals, whether they have experience with the Army or not, fill out a volunteer application. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old – check back for updates about volunteer opportunities for those younger than 18 years old.
Yes. Volunteers manage their schedule by selecting available three-hour shifts through the Museum’s Volunteer Portal. Volunteers are expected to commit a minimum of nine hours per month (three shifts). This requirement is currently waived due to the ongoing public health crisis.
Please contact our Visitor Services Division by calling 800.506.2672 or email the volunteer program.
A complete artifact donation offer includes both a completed Artifact Donation Form and high-resolution photographs (300 dpi or greater). The Exhibits Division reviews all complete offers and considers several factors such as suitability and duplication. It may take several weeks for the Exhibits Division to complete their assessment and present their findings to the Chief Curator for final approval/disapproval. When a final decision has been made, the donor will be notified of the decision.
The Museum has limited space and personnel resources and cannot accept and care for all items offered for donation. The U.S. Army is selective in the items they accept into a collection. The Exhibits Division is focused on collecting items that fill existing needs within the collection.
Once an artifact donation has been approved, the item(s) will be accepted by the Exhibits Division. Physical transfer can now take place, and the item(s) will be catalogued into the historical database, repackaged using archivally-approved materials, and placed into secure storage.
The Museum does not accept unsolicited items or donations. The history, stories and information associated with an object are as important to us as the artifact itself. To ensure this information is thoroughly and accurately collected, and the items are properly reviewed for suitability and duplication, it is paramount that the artifact donation process be followed. This includes written confirmation and coordination before a donation delivery is accepted.
As a new Museum, the main displays and exhibits are considered complete at this time. While we cannot guarantee your donated item(s) will go on display, the Museum is committed to preserving and carrying for your item(s) in perpetuity.
As a rule, the Museum does not include donor names or credit lines on artifact labels. Historical property is donated as unconditional gifts to the U.S. Army, free and clear of all encumbrances and restrictions.
The Museum does not review or appraise artifacts or collections as a service for the public. Professional appraisers perform this service for a fee. You may contact the organizations below to find appraisers in your local area.
American Society of Appraisers
International Society of Appraisers
Appraisers Association of America
No. While the Museum may accept a short-term loan on rare instances, it is only for exceptional artifacts that fit a specified need in the current exhibit storyline. Long-term loans place a significant burden on the Museum, its staff, and its resources.