FORT BELVOIR, Va. – The National Museum of the United States Army is located on a publicly accessible area of Fort Belvoir, Va. and will be open to the public as of November 11, 2020.
The Museum is an enduring effort to tell the Army’s story and honor the accomplishments, sacrifices, and commitment of American soldiers. It is the first comprehensive and truly national museum to capture, display, and interpret more than 245 years of Army history.
The Museum brings to life history in times of war and peace as told through the eyes of soldiers, and also offers educational experiences illustrating the Army’s role in building and defending the nation, as well as humanitarian missions and technological and medical breakthroughs built on Army ingenuity.
The Museum is a joint effort between the U.S. Army and the Army Historical Foundation. The Foundation constructed the building with private funds, while The U.S. Army provided the infrastructure, roads, utilities, and exhibit work that transformed the building into a museum.
The construction and maintenance of a national museum of this scale was and is a massive undertaking. The U.S. Army designated the Foundation as the official fundraiser to support the building’s construction on federal land.
Architect Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP designed the building and Clark Construction Group, LLC began construction of the 185,000 square-foot facility in 2017. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers coordinated site preparation, constructing the roads, and installing utilities.
Exhibit designers Christopher Chadbourne & Associates and Eisterhold Associates Inc. created the Museum’s storyline and exhibit design, while Design and Production Inc. fabricated and installed the gallery exhibits. The Scenic Route Inc. designed, fabricated, and installed the Experiential Learning Center, the Army Theater, and the Medal of Honor Experience.
In total, more than 30 different organizations brought their expertise to this important project. The U.S. Army now owns and operates the Museum. The Foundation will continue its fundraising role in support of Museum operations and will manage all retail, catering, and special events services.
The Museum offers a variety of event spaces during or after-hours, indoor or outdoor, for occasions of all sizes. Event space opportunities will follow current COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. The Army Historical Foundation special event staff can provide the most up to date information.
The welcoming, brightly lit 8,600-square-foot lobby is available for after-hours events of up to 450 people standing, or 350 for a seated, plated event.
A multi-functional, dedicated event space perfect for reunions, dinners, luncheons, and more, it features a 5-foot-by-5-foot video wall, built in sound system, and cameras with an audio and video conferencing system also available. The space can accommodate 160 for a seated event, or 270 standing, and an adjacent pre-function area can be used for overflow.
Medal of Honor Garden
The beautifully landscaped rooftop garden offers stunning views of the Museum campus for evening ceremonies or receptions for up to 270 guests.
Outdoor Event Space
The largest of the exterior spaces, the lawn of the outdoor event space can be tented or staged for events of well over 1,000 people.