New Orleans, LA
The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world—why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today—so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn.
Formerly the Nimitz Museum, the complex is now the only museum in the Continental United States centered on World War II's Pacific campaign. Since 1968, the Museum has expanded to occupy a six-acre campus and gained a reputation as one of the premier military museums in the nation. Over the years the Museum was upgraded and enlarged, and the campus grew to accommodate the Memorial Courtyard, the Plaza of Presidents, the Japanese Garden of Peace and the George H. W. Bush Gallery.
Washington (D.C.) Navy Yard
The National Museum of the U.S. Navy was established in 1961 and opened to the public in 1963. As one of 14 Navy museums throughout the country, it is the only one that presents an overview of U.S. naval history. Permanent and temporary exhibitions commemorate the Navy's wartime heroes and battles as well as its peacetime contributions in exploration, diplomacy, navigation and humanitarian service.
The National Marine Corps Museum is a state-of-the-art museum designed to help visitors see, feel and appreciate what it means to be in the Marine Corps. The exhibits use the latest technology and hands-on activities to help visitors examine the role of the Marines throughout American history. The galleries are arranged by era highlighting the experience of the Marines during World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam. Three additional galleries, chronicle the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and World War I.
Fort Belvoir, Virginia
The National Museum of the United States Army is planned as the official museum for the history of the United States Army and is under construction just outside Washington, DC.
The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, 6 miles northeast of Dayton, Ohio. The NMUSAF is the oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world, with more than 360 aircraft and missiles on display.
The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum maintains the world's largest and most significant collection of aviation and space artifacts, encompassing all aspects of human flight, as well as related works of art and archival materials. It operates two landmark facilities that, together, welcome more than eight million visitors a year, making it the most visited museum in the country.
The Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia is the companion facility to the Museum on the National Air and Space Museum on the Mall in Washington, DC. The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, located near Washington Dulles International Airport is a massive structure with open, hangar-like settings that accommodate large aircraft and spacecraft, as well as entire collections of aviation and space artifacts.
New London, CT
The National Coast Guard Museum Association is currently building a world-class Museum that will not only honor the heritage of the U.S. Coast Guard, but also provide to the public a gateway to discover Coast Guard life. Interactive exhibits and programs are expected to be a formidable part of the Museum experience.
The National Naval Aviation Museum is the world’s largest Naval Aviation museum and one of the most-visited museums in the state of Florida. The museum exhibits more than 150 restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Aviation. These historic and one-of-a-kind aircraft are displayed both inside the Museum’s over 350,000 square feet of exhibit space and outside on its 37-acre grounds.
San Diego, CA
SDASM promotes itself as one of the largest aviation museums in the nation, containing the third-largest collection of archives and library. It contains many original and reproductions of historic aircraft and spacecraft. SDASM has two restoration facilities, one on site, and the other located at Gillespie Field. The Gillespie Field Annex contains numerous aircraft on display outdoors, a Convair SM-65 Atlas ICBM, museum model shop, and a restoration shop.
The Museum of Flight is the largest independent, non-profit air and space museum in the world! With over 175 aircraft and spacecraft, tens of thousands of artifacts, millions of rare photographs, dozens of exhibits and experiences and a world-class library, the Museum and its people bring mankind's incredible history of flight to life.
S.S. John W. Brown is one of only two remaining, fully operational Liberty ships that participated in World War II. This floating piece of history provides an educational and historical opportunity for the public to experience 1944 all over again, without the dangers of being sunk by a submarine or a torpedo bomber!
San Francisco, CA
The S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien is one of two remaining fully functional Liberty ships of the 2,710 built and launched during World War II. The O'Brien has the distinction of being the last unaltered Liberty ship and remains historically accurate. Moored at Pier 45, Fisherman's Wharf, she is a premier San Francisco attraction. A living museum, the O'Brien transports you back almost seven decades to when sailors braved the harshest of high seas and threat of enemy attack.
San Pedro, CA
S.S. Lane Victory is an American Victory-class cargo ship used in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War. The ship was preserved in 1989 to serve as a museum ship in the San Pedro area of Los Angeles, California. As a rare surviving Victory ship, she was designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark. The Haskell-class attack transports were based on these Victory-class ships.
S.S. Red Oak Victory is a Victory-class cargo ship used in the Second World War. She was preserved to serve as a museum ship in Richmond, California, and is part of the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park. She was one of 534 Victories built during World War II, but one of only a few of these ships to be transferred from the Merchant Marine to the United States Navy. The ship was active during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.