As the Army’s front door, the Museum is an enduring effort to tell the Army’s story and honor the accomplishments, sacrifices and commitment of American Soldiers. The Museum is the first comprehensive and truly national museum to capture, display and interpret more than 246 years of Army history.
The Museum is a joint effort between the U.S. Army and the Army Historical Foundation. The Foundation constructed the building with private funds. The U.S. Army provided the infrastructure, roads and exhibit work that transformed the building into a museum. Today, the U.S. Army owns and operates the Museum and the Army Historical Foundation continues its fundraising role in support of the Museum.
From the 1814 Congressional legislation directing the secretary of war to collect and preserve enemy “flags, standards, and colours” captured in wartime, to the opening of the Museum, this program will recount the remarkable story of the making of the National Museum of the United States Army.