Military Museums are not one of the most popular types of museums. They are traditionally visited by soldiers, scholars, and veterans, which is why some military museums have implemented new strategies to attract a wider audience to see their collections. Some museums are adding more dynamic displays and even theme park attractions in order to bring in more people with children and others who are not related to the military in any way.
Here are some of the best military museums which you can visit
The National Infantry Museum in Fort Benning, Ga.
You can see a dramatic interactive display of the “Last 100 yards” which can let you feel the tension, noise, confusion, and speed of military storming from the Siege of Yorktown to the Iraq war. Visitors also get a chance to try out various rifle and combat simulators at this relatively new museum.
The Fort Sill National Historic Landmark and Museum and U.S. Army Field Artillery Museum in Fort Sill, Okla.
You can see the largest collection of army related Native American materials. You can also stand on the parade field to see the post as it was back in the 1870’s.
The National Museum of the Marine Corps, Triangle, Va.
This is a modern museum celebrating the Corps where you get to live the experience of carrying a backpack and getting a drill sergeant yelling at them. The three-dimensional displays in this military museum are worth viewing by young and old.
The National Museum of the United States Air Force in Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
This museum focuses on military aircrafts, so visitors can get the chance to see both US as well as some foreign military airplanes from Germany and the USSR.
The U.S. Army Aviation Museum in Fort Rucker, Ala.
Another military museum dedicated to military aviation, this one provides life-sized dioramas presenting the drama in military aviation rather than just static displays of aircrafts.
The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Mo.
This museum started as a tribute to WWI soldiers, and as more of the soldiers or their loved ones added their personal mementos from the war it grew into a real museum. It is very intriguing to see what all the people involved in the war have brought in to add to the collection.
The U.S. Naval Academy Museum in Annapolis, Md.
You can see a collection of items as well as multimedia exhibits of the history of the US Navy from the Revolution to modern days. There are more than 70 ship models of the US Navy ships from the 17th and 18th centuries which is the largest collection of this kind in North America.