U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum, Huntsville

4.9
Military Museum · Hidden Gem · History Museum
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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  • Incredible displays. So much to see in this small facility. Definately worth the trip. Staff was beyond friendly and very knowledgeable. The displays were very well set up and lots of information...  more »
  • This was an interesting little museum. You definitely have to be interested in wars and the military to appreciate it.  more »
  • The US Veterans Memorial Museum covers the Revolutionary War thru the Gulf War. This is a great museum with a lot of WWII functional jeeps and tanks and even some motorcycles for when called up for....  more »
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  • Awesome!!! Lots of military vehicles tanks air craft etc as well as photos and uniforms and items from wars starting with confederacy. Volunteer guides give details and offer stories about many of the articles. Great historic capsule to teach kids and catch up on past history details of what made and keeps USA free. Reasonable admission and contributions accepted after you have toured.
  • This was a very nice museum. One of the employees gave us a brief tour filled with a great deal of information. The building appears small from the outside but you'll be amazed how much is inside. Be sure to stop by.
  • An amazing amount of military history is being kept for generations to come. Relaying soley on donations and volunteers, the efforts to preserve the artifacts and vehicles does not go unnoticed. We were told by a volunteer that the city will be adding on to the building in the future so they will have more room to display the artifacts. There are so many and their space is filling up. Allow for an hour and half at least, there is a lot to see!
  • When you enter, be ready to see military history up close. The vehicles inside along with the weapons, uniforms and other items all have a story that is very unique. We held a rifle from World War 1 and compared the weight to current guns. It was great getting a tour from the volunteers who know the history and gave us info that we never knew...such as did you know the first Army Jeep made is at this museum? or that there is a gun here that returned fire on the Japanese forces that bombed Pearl Harbor? I would highly recommend this amazing museum.
  • We went here with a group of friends over the 4th of July weekend. This was a solid visit. They have so much to see in terms of artifacts and vehicles. There is a lot to take in. The staff is friendly as well. My only complaints or observations would be 1. There is so much to take in that it really needs to be laid out a little better. Some of it looks like at one time they started to catalogue it and lay it out based on a chronological time line and stopped A lot of it consists of just wandering around looking at tons of cool military artifacts and historical pieces. That's fun in itself but it could be a little better. The 2nd thing was the wasps on the outside exhibit. I understand it's summertime in Alabama but you just gotta get out there early in the spring and check it daily. We didn't even go outside because they were so bad. Overall it's well worth the price though to see some terrific historical memorabilia.

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