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Construction on National Army Museum Begins

ARLINGTON, Va. – Army Historical Foundation (AHF) President LTG Roger Schultz (USA-Ret.) today provided Clark Construction Group, LLC of Bethesda, Maryland, the notice to proceed immediately with the construction of the National Museum of the United States Army on Fort Belvoir, Va..

According to Schultz, activity on and around the 84-acre Museum site, adjacent to the Fairfax County Parkway, will intensify this month as AHF’s contractor, Clark Construction, moves in the heavy equipment, site managers, and subcontractors necessary to begin work on the Museum, projected to open in late 2019.

“We’ve just reached another important milestone in our timeline for building the National Museum of the United States Army,” Schultz said.   “There is no other museum in the Army Museum Enterprise that tells the complete Army story and the Army’s wide-ranging contributions to our nation’s growth and development.  We look forward to the day when we open the Museum doors and share the Army’s storied 241-year history with the American public and the Army family.”

The Museum building was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, and will tell the stories of the 30 million men and women who have worn the Army uniform from 1775 through present day. The future national landmark will be located on over 80 acres that will be made publicly accessible when the Museum opens.  Approximately 185,000 square feet of space will feature state-of-the-art technology throughout the dramatic historical galleries, an interactive Experiential Learning Center designed to  engage visitors’ imaginations and curiosity, and the Army Theater that will stimulate visitors of all ages emotionally and intellectually, immersing them in the Army’s history and heritage and what it is like to be a Soldier. The vast majority of the Museum’s rare and priceless artifacts, artwork and images have never been seen by the American people. Outdoor venues will include a Memorial Garden, Amphitheater, Parade Ground, and Army Trail. The Museum will welcome an estimated 700,000 visitors annually.

To schedule an interview with General Schultz or a member of the Army Historical Foundation staff, or for additional information, please contact Dave Fabian at dave.fabian@armyhistory.org or call 703-562-4162.

About The Army Historical Foundation

The Army Historical Foundation establishes, assists, and promotes programs and projects which preserve the history of the American Soldier and promote public understanding of and appreciation for the contributions by all components of the U.S. Army and its members. The Foundation serves as the Army’s official fundraising entity for the Capital Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army. The Museum will be constructed at Fort Belvoir, Va., to honor the service and sacrifice of all American Soldiers who have served since the Army’s inception in 1775. For more information about the Foundation, the National Museum of the United States Army, and the Registry of the American Soldier, visit www.armyhistory.org.