MUSEUM IMPACT

MUSEUM IMPACT

Support what’s possible without compromise.

The Army Historical Foundation and the U.S. Army are proud to share the next great Washington, DC attraction as we welcome The National Museum of the United States Army to the region. A project years in the making, this new tourism destination will immerse visitors in the experience of American Soldiers since 1775.

The Museum has announced that the doors will open with limited capacity on November 11, 2020, Veterans Day! The Army Historical Foundation is honored to be a part of bringing a new history destination to the world, but our mission is not complete. The fundraising efforts continue as we prepare to open to the public and our vision is focused as the Museum’s foundation.

Museums are economic engines. The National Army Museum will drive revenue to Fairfax County and Virginia, as well as provide a new experience to the tourism landscape. We must not lose momentum! AHF seeks to engage our community and government partners and ensure the Museum’s potential is realized and not compromised by COVID-19. Museum and nonprofit organizations need support now more than ever. This 185,000 sq. ft. facility is a major tourist destination for veterans and their families, active duty military, school groups, and the general public. This Museum is the first and only comprehensive history of the Army from the founding of the United States to the present

Download our Legislative Profile Sheet HERE for more information about the Museum and our mission. 

The Army Museum will…

  • Employ over 100+ individuals
  • Bring tourists to Fairfax County and Virginia
  • Entice non-military visitors
  • Create relationships with other businesses
  • Supplement education of over 72,000 students per year
  • Discuss and exhibit key social interests in historic context

Museum Quick Facts

  • Free, ticketed admission
  • On-site parking
  • Open 7 days a week
  • 84 acres of landscaped grounds
  • 20 min south of Washington, D.C. National Mall
  • 10 min from George Washington’s Mount Vernon

DID YOU KNOW? MUSEUMS ARE ECONOMIC ENGINES.​

In 2017, the American Alliance of Museums partnered with Oxford Economics to study the museum sector’s significant contribution to the US economy. (Source: Oxford Economics, IMPLAN, 2017.)

$1.8 billion

The total financial impact that museums on the economy in Virginia

Museums are Trusted

The American public considers museums the most trustworthy source of information in American, rated higher than local papers, nonprofit researchers, the U.S. government, and academic researchers. As a part of the support team to a National Museum, The Army Historical Foundation understands the importance of our role as a supporting foundation to a Museum.

Valued Partners

The Army Historical Foundation has represented the National Museum of the United States Army at the Mount Vernon Tourism Task Force since its creation in early 2019. The Tourism Task Force (TTF) has worked to strengthen the bond, communications, and partnerships between the tourism sites in Southern Fairfax County. We are proud to be the latest new destination to join the force of collaborative county properties. Members of the TTF include various attractions and historic sites including George Washington’s Mount Vernon, George Mason’s Gunston Hall, the Workhouse Arts Center, Historic Woodlawn and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House, Arcadia Farm, Fort Belvoir Garrison, American Horticultural Society’s River Farm, Gum Springs Historical Society and Museum. The group also includes parks operated and maintained by the Fairfax County Park Authority, NOVA Parks, Virginia State Parks, and the National Park Service. The TTF continually works to create connections between these venues encourage greater cross-visitation between sites and entice visitors to spend multiple days in Southern Fairfax County. 

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

For more information on Museum advocacy efforts and state outreach, contact Ric Talley, VP of Development & Public Relations