ARLINGTON, Va. – On Friday, the Army Historical Foundation celebrated the installation of the final steel beam of the National Museum of the United States Army, currently under construction at Fort Belvoir, Va. Leaders from the Foundation, U.S. Army and Clark Construction signed the beam which carried the traditional “Topping Out” evergreen tree and the United States, U.S. Army and POW/MIA flags. The beam was also signed by the 200 steel workers and other crew members who erected the steel structure, just fourteen months after breaking ground.
“The hard-working men and women on this construction site are building a place where our Army’s storied history will forever be honored and preserved,” said Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, U.S. Army (Ret.), chairman of the Foundation. “Today marks a significant milestone in their work, and in our ongoing mission to build a museum that pays tribute to the 30 million American Soldiers who safeguarded our nation’s freedom.”
The National Museum of the United States Army will open to the public in late 2019. The 185,000-square-foot national landmark is being constructed on 84 acres just south of Washington, DC. It will be the only museum dedicated to preserving and promoting the entire history of America’s oldest and largest military service. Currently, the Army is the only military service without a national museum.
The museum will provide a place for Soldiers to reflect on their service and connect with fellow Army veterans. It will also offer the estimated 700,000 annual visitors an up-close look at selections from the vast collection of Army artwork and artifacts, and the opportunity to gain a better appreciation for the fourteen generations of American Soldiers who have protected the nation’s freedom, and advanced our nation socially, culturally, medically, scientifically, and technologically.
Renderings and aerial photos are available upon request. The video link on this page provides a virtual tour of the future Museum. https://armyhistory.org/about-the-museum/