Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri: Temporary Buildings of World War IIAn outdoor mini-museum of buildings completed at the rate of one every 45 minutes during the war: barracks, supply buildings, orderly rooms, officers' quarters, and a chapel. Restored for your inspection and walk-through.
US Army Engineer Museum
- Nebraska Ave., Fort Leonard Wood, MO
- John B. Mahaffey Museum Complex. I-44 exit 161A. Drive south on the I-44 extension for several miles to Fort Leonard Wood. Once past the Visitors Center, continue south on Missouri Ave., then bear left onto Constitution Ave. for 1.5 miles. When Constitution Ave. dead ends, turn left onto South Dakota Ave., then turn right onto Nebraska Ave. The buildings exhibit will be on the right, just past the display of helicopters and tanks.
- M-F 8 am - 4 pm, Sa 10 am - 4 pm. (Call to verify)
Visitor Tips and News About Temporary Buildings of World War II
The John B. Mahaffey museum complex also houses the Engineer Museum. All three (Military Police, Chemical and Engineer) are free and they have stores that carry memorabilia as well. The WWII buildings are across the street from the parking lot of the museum complex.
Fort Leonard Wood is approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes from Springfield and 2 hours from St. Louis.[Stephanie, 08/14/2007]
The post is a closed post, but the public is welcome to visit the museums on the post. Simply have a photo ID or driver's license for occupants of the vehicle (ages 15 and over), registration for the vehicle and a copy of the vehicle's insurance. Yes, you will be subject to a vehicle search but it just adds to the excitement of the day. Normally carry firearms, bombs or other illegal paraphernalia? Don't do it the day you visit.[Beth, 04/27/2005]
In addition to the Temporary Buildings collection, Ft. Leonard Wood also maintains the U.S. Army Chemical Corps Museum and the Military Police (MP) Museum. We recommend both.
A collection of restored, WW II temporary mobilization buildings representing hundreds of thousand of identical buildings, built from Maine to California between 1939 and 1945. During the peak of construction at Fort Leonard Wood in 1941, these buildings were completed at the rate of one every 45 minutes. These buildings are on display for you to visit and walk though. Includes barracks, supply buildings, orderly rooms, officers' quarters and a chapel.
Part of the Fort Leonard Wood museum (which includes the US Army Engineer Corps, also the Chemical Corps and Military Police Corps museums - transplanted from Ft. McClellan, AL). Free of charge, open Monday through Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm.[Tanker Toad, 10/06/2000]
Feb. 2005: The base is now closed to the general public. Show ID, be ready for vehicle search, carry nothing illegal.