Virginia’s Governor Tours Museum Site

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam recently led a Virginia delegation that toured the site of the future National Museum of the United States Army.

“I am impressed with all of the work done to create the National Museum of the United States Army, and how it will tell the important story of the Army and the men and women who serve in it,” said Governor Northam. “Virginia is proud to be home to more than 700,000 military veterans and several important U.S. Army installations and commands. I am excited that the National Museum of the United States Army will join our Commonwealth’s long list of world-class museums.”     

“We are proud to have the Commonwealth of Virginia serve as the home of the National Museum of the United States Army,” said the Army Historical Foundation’s (AHF’s) President, LTG Roger Schultz, USA-Ret. “Constructing this Museum would not be possible without the support of our nation’s leaders and the generosity of all Americans. That’s why we are so grateful to have a Governor who is both committed to seeing this historic project through and knows firsthand the importance of preserving the stories of American Soldiers.”

“The National Army Museum is fittingly set in a region rich with military and historic landmarks,” added Ms. Tammy Call, director of the Museum. “The Army also made sure the Museum would be easily accessible for people traveling locally and internationally, so we could widely share the storied history of the American Soldier with our fellow citizens and visitors from around the world.”

The Museum will include many artifacts and stories with Virginia ties. During the tour, the Governor was given an up-close look at an exact reproduction of the 1908 Wright Flyer that Orville Wright brought to Fort Myer, Va. for test flights which launched the Army’s exploration of manned flight. The reproduction was produced by a Virginia-based company, which is among many local businesses and contractors supporting the project. 

Anticipated as one of Virginia’s next big tourism destinations, the 185,000-square foot museum will be the first to tell the complete history of the U.S. Army. Situated off Fairfax County Parkway, minutes from I-95, the Museum with surrounding 84-acre campus is expected to attract upwards of 700,000 visitors every year. The Museum will open to the public on June 4, 2020. 

The Army Historical Foundation continues to raise the funds needed for the Museum and surrounding campus. More than 178,000 veterans, Army families and grateful Americans have raised $177 million to date towards the $200 million campaign.