U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum, Huntsville

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The Alabama Center of Military History Inc., which operates The Veterans Memorial Museum, is a non-profit, tax exempt (501c3) educational institution for the purpose of historical preservation, public display, and public education. The Museum is dedicated to promoting and disseminating the accomplishments of American military men and women. Our emphasis is on participants of World War I and subsequent conflicts, whose survivors and families can use the Museum facilities to reminisce on their own experiences and those of parents, grandparents, and other close relatives. The Museum has been designated by the Alabama House of Representatives as the State of Alabama Veterans Memorial Museum.

The Museum opened in November of 2001. All of the displays have been prepared and are maintained by volunteers. We are grateful to members of the community who have shared with us mementoes of military service dating back into the 1800s.

The Museum displays more than 30 historical military vehicles from World War I to the present, as well as tableaus, artifacts, and other memorabilia dating back to the Revolutionary War. The 8th Air Force Historical Society sponsors a replica of the briefing room for the 385th Bomb Group, a B-17 unit conducting raids of Germany.

One of the gems of the Museum's collection is the 'Merci' 40 et 8 boxcar, a gift from the people of France to the people of Alabama in 1949.

Among the attractions at the Museum is a reference library. In addition to published material such as the Seventh Army After Action Report from World War II, the library offers written and oral reminiscences of Alabama veterans. In this vein, veterans and their families are invited to send written material or audio cassette tapes to the Museum for inclusion in the library, These submissions need not be formal. A narrative by the veteran, or an interview by a relative, will provide a lasting legacy of the contribution of Alabama service members to the freedoms that we enjoy as Americans.

The Museum participates in the President's 'Lessons in Liberty' Program. If you would like to have a Veteran speak at your school, please contact the Museum.

The Veterans' Memorial Museum welcomes the participation of military and veterans' groups and individuals in making the Museum a valued educational and memorial attraction in North Alabama. If you would like to volunteer exhibits, sponsorship, time, or funds, please contact us. We have a particular need for volunteers to sponsor vehicles and wall displays. Remember, we are an all-volunteer organization. We have no paid staff, receive no appropriated funds and depend completely on volunteer support. Any donations of your time, memorabilia, building improvements, or funds go directly toward making the Museum an asset to the City of Huntsville and the State of Alabama.
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  • Wow, what a treat. This museum is a massive collection of military memorabilia including many jeeps, tanks, helicopters, etc. most of which are in working condition. The veteran volunteer docents... 
    Wow, what a treat. This museum is a massive collection of military memorabilia including many jeeps, tanks, helicopters, etc. most of which are in working condition. The veteran volunteer docents...  more »
  • This is a super cool museum. I have never seen a military museum with so much personal memorabilia. It has a very intimate and personal feel, and things you won't see at other military museums. Every....  more
    This is a super cool museum. I have never seen a military museum with so much personal memorabilia. It has a very intimate and personal feel, and things you won't see at other military museums. Every....  more »
  • The most densely packed museum I’ve seen with tons of real articles from the services. And not just USA, but the combatant countries too. Cheap admission too, $5 regular, $4 senior, and I forget... 
    The most densely packed museum I’ve seen with tons of real articles from the services. And not just USA, but the combatant countries too. Cheap admission too, $5 regular, $4 senior, and I forget...  more »
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  • Amazing display of military artifacts. Great staff who can tell you as much as you could ever want to know about the items and history of the items in the museum. Plan to spend more time than you think. The museum is packed and worth the time to read the information provided. Also plenty of military bases around, got lucky enough to see Apaches training!
  • Such a cool place with so many awesome things to see. History is very interesting and to see pieces of all the wars in our country's past is fascinating. All of the staff was very friendly and do a great job of running this museum. Highly recommend coming of you're in the area.
  • Took my family to the museum and it was humbling. The military equipment and staff is amazing. The staff is highly knowledgeable and extremely friendly. Our kids loved it. Can't wait for the expansion and to come back.
  • This is one of the most comprehensive collections of US Army history in the nation. They have everything from tanks, to rifles of the revolution, and everything in between. For the Jeep lover like myself they have the first Jeep ever made, along with the prototypes leading up to that first one! It is worth being on your list of stops in the area.
  • Small building but lots of military history. Good variety from local items to overall military items. Only two negatives are some dated signage (which is not uncommon on smaller musuems) and almost too much in the building (but thats just a location/funding issue). So much good historical items I had to give a larger donation on my way out to help the upkeep of all the items.

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