National Infantry Museum, Columbus, Georgia
Located in Columbus, Georgia, about 90 minutes south of Atlanta off I-185, the 190,000-square-foot National Infantry Museum opened in June 2009 on a 155-acre tract of hardwoods and pines. It is the first world-class Museum to pay tribute to the U.S. Army Infantryman and those who fight alongside him and was voted the “#1 Free Museum in America” in the 2016 USA Today Readers’ Choice Awards and was included in CNN’s “12 of the best military museums around the world.” It is located just outside the gates of Fort Benning’s Maneuver Center of Excellence which is one of the Army’s largest installations and the home of the Infantry. The National Infantry Museum emphasizes the values that define the Infantryman, as well as the nation he protects: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. It preserves and displays one of the greatest collections of military artifacts in the world, and offers interactive opportunities including a Giant Screen Theater, combat simulators and an on-site restaurant and gift shop, a parade field, memorial walk of honor, authentic World War II Company Street, and Vietnam Memorial Plaza, as well as year-round special events including Flag Retirement Ceremonies, Paver Dedication Ceremonies, the annual Fourth of July celebration, graduations and living history demonstrations. www.
- There have been 2.5 million visitors to the National Infantry Museum since June 2009.
- The National Infantry Museum and Campus features: 190,000-square-feet of interactive galleries and immersive attractions, DownRange Combat Simulators, A Giant Screen Theater, Fire and Drum restaurant, and nine event spaces ideal for weddings, dinners and dances.
- In 2016, the National Infantry Museum hosted 228 group tours, 206 private events, 113 graduations, 9,600 children on school tours and 26,600 soldiers on soldier tours.
- The Museum was voted the “#1 Best Free Museum in America” as part of USA Today’s 10 Best.