US Army Women's Museum

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The U.S. Army Women’s Museum in Fort Lee, Virginia is a permanent historical and educational institution and a military museum. AWM is the only museum in the world dedicated to Army women. From Bunker Hill to a bunker in Iraq, women have always been there. Honoring these women is an important part of the museum’s mission. Our museum is the repository for artifacts and archival material pertaining to the service of women across all branches and organizations of the U.S. Army from inception to the present day. We collect, preserve, interpret and exhibit these unique artifacts as a means to provide training and educational outreach.

The history of the museum began on 15 May 1955 when the WAC Museum was officially dedicated at Fort McClellan, Alabama. The dedication was a simultaneous celebration in conjunction with the 13th Anniversary of the Women’s Army Corps. Over the years the US Army Women’s Foundation (formerly the WAC Foundation) has embraced the museum. Their generous support continues to this day. Not just monetarily, but with artifact donations and especially oral histories. Our oral history program, Extraordinary Voices, is an integral part of the holistic approach to further the museum’s mission and engage visitors.

The museum’s mission expanded in 2000 when the museum was moved to Fort Lee, Virginia and the name changed to the US Army Women’s Museum. Previously the mission focused on the Women’s Army Corps, 1942 – 1978. Now it tells the story of women’s contributions to the Army throughout American history.

The museum presents its message through exhibits, artifacts, dioramas, historical displays, and photographs, telling the stories and significance of women in the U.S. Army, from the Revolutionary War to current times, stories like Molly Pitcher and Cathay Williams, Buffalo soldier, with a World War II barracks, the Women's Army Corps, and more. As Col. Oveta Culp Hobby, the first leader of the WAC said, these women had "a debt to democracy and a date with destiny.

The U.S. Army Women's Museum also serves as an educational institution, providing military history training and instruction to soldiers, veterans and the civilian community. The museum is the custodian and repository of artifacts and archival material pertaining to the service of women across all branches and organizations of the U.S. Army from inception to the present day. The museum collects, preserves, manages, interprets and exhibits these unique artifacts as a means to provide training and educational outreach.

Information about the history of women in the Army 

The museum has an AKO Knowledge Center with access to downloadable information, posters, a History of Women in the Army Power Point briefing and more. Click on visit the Knowledge Center on the web or contact the museum to ask for a copy of it.

Visitor Information

U.S. Army Women’s Museum is on the grounds of Fort Lee, near Petersburg, Virginia. Fort Lee is easily accessible to the public. Please ensure you bring photo identification, proof of vehicle insurance and vehicle registration.

Hours of Operation

Tuesday - Friday
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Weekends
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Closed
Mondays and Federal Holidays. Some seasonal hours, please call ahead for planning purposes.

For more information, visit the U.S. Army Women's Museum web site. or call 804-734-4327.

Army Women's Museum


 
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