Bradley Fighting Vehicle.
Bradley Fighting Vehicle.

National Museum of the United States Army

Field review by the editors.

Fort Belvoir, Virginia

Tanks, guns, helicopters, dioramas with military dummies, a World War I walk-thru trench, the battered engine from one of the "Blackhawk Down" helicopters, Sergeant York's dented helmet, and the feather bonnet of I-See-O, a helpful Kiowan scout who was granted a lifetime U.S. Army enlistment.

Cavalry soldier.

This is one of those museums defined by its abundance of artifacts. Some of the many notable examples: a stuffed hero homing pigeon from World War I; melted coins from the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon; a rifle fired by Lewis and Clark "to impress American Indian tribes;" Douglas MacArthur's custom-designed general's hat; pajamas worn by a Vietnam War POW; battered solar cells launched into space on an early Vanguard satellite; an Oscar awarded to a 1946 Army documentary, "Seeds of Destiny;" and a twisted piece of the tower from the Trinity atomic bomb blast site.

National Museum of the United States Army

Address:
1775 Liberty Drive, Fort Belvoir, VA
Directions:
I-95 exit 166A toward VA-286 South/Fairfax County Pkwy. Drive 2.5 miles. Turn left onto Liberty Drive.
Hours:
Daily 9-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
800-506-2672
RA Rates:
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