Danville, Virginia: The Tank Museum
AAF Tank Museum
- 3401 US Hwy 29B, Danville, VA
- On southbound US Hwy 29 Business, roughly 4.5 north of Danville or four miles south of US 29B's split from the Danville Expy. Watch for the museum sign; the building is set back in the trees and is much larger than it appears from the road.
- M-Sa 10 am - 4 pm; Winter Sa only. (Call to verify)
- Adults $10.
- RA Rates:
- Major Fun
The world's foremost private museum of armored fighting vehicles, in a formerly vacant tool factory. Extensive collections of uniforms and crazy hats, too. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [10/23/2011]
Visitor Tips and News About The Tank Museum
Has many rare tanks and other artifacts. Only working World War 1 tank I have ever seen! Huge event last weekend of April every year. This is a must see if you are anywhere close to Danville.[Slumlord, 10/13/2011]
The Tank Museum appears to be mostly complete from their move from NY. They have added a scale town where they conduct R/C tank battles every so often. They have changed their rules on cameras to include no flash photography anywhere in the museum.[David Yemm, 03/26/2006]
The museum contains "over 15,000 international tank and cavalry artifacts dating from 1509 to present." They continue with plans to display about a hundred large pieces in the collection in realistic dioramas, incorporating murals and a replica bunker.
The AAF Tank Museum, formerly in Mattituck, NY reopened last May in Danville. It's housed in a huge building that used to be a tool factory and is filled with, well, tanks. Lots of them. And I saw lots more out back waiting to be brought in. In fact, the woman that I spoke to said that even though the museum is now open, they've got many more tanks and exhibits that they're working on for future display.
Besides the tanks, there are also several displays of weapons, a room full of vintage children's uniforms, plus patches, medals, helmets, embroidered pillowcases, and a large number of mannequins wearing all sorts of uniforms. And in one particularly gruesome display, there's a disemboweled mannequin, complete with blood and guts spilling out of him. In the back of a giant, mostly unused area, I came across a glowing model spaceship. Not sure how it's supposed to fit in with the tanks, but I'll be sure to go back one day and find out.[Dean Jeffrey, 07/21/2003]