Unless you're in the general area of Radcliff, Kentucky it's just not worth the time to drive to the General George Patton Museum of Leadership at Fort Knox unless you are stationed there...then you have no options. Actually it hasn't been the Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor since earlier 2011.
In fact, all of the tanks: American, German, Soviet, Iraqi, etc. were moved to Fort Benning, GA waiting for the National Armor and Cavalry Museum to be built in 2015. In addition, the Huey helicopter is gone and the piece of the Berlin Wall is gone. Saddam's head from one of his statues is gone. Lastly, we found out today, Sept 9 that they are closing the gift shop. And don't plan on visiting on a Monday. Per the museum's website; Due to staffing restrictions, effective July 2, 2012 the Museum will be closed on Mondays.
Fort Knox does have an old WWII Army barracks that was moved to the site back in May 2011. Finally, last month, August 2012 they announced that they were going to start work on restoring the barracks to it's former self. If anything, the museum is a shell of it's former self.
Now, I know it's free but the gas to fill my car sure wasn't.I think someone else mentioned that it took only 15 minutes to see everything. This is a true statement. Honestly, I don't even think it took 15 minutes...more like 10 minutes. It is really sad, especially since Fort Knox had the museum for 60 years. If anything, the Army basically handed Fort Benning and the city of Columbus, GA another economic boost. They already have the National Infantry Museum. Bottom line, the Patton Museum is history. If anything, if you're that interested in a good Army museum that doesn't take 15 minutes to view then would suggest driving to Fort Campbell to visit the Army's Don F Pratt Museum or driving to Fort Benning in 2015!
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