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“Must See a West Point/USMA” 5 of 5 stars
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West Point Museum
2110 New South Post Rd., West Point, NY
845-938-3590
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: The mission of the West Point Museum is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret historically significant artifacts pertaining to the United States Military Academy, United States Army and the Profession of Arms. The Museum will supplement cadet academic, cultural and military instruction and provide educational programs and services for military and civilian personnel. As a public institution, the museum stimulates interest in the United States Military Academy, the United States Army and the Military profession. In addition to the main museum building in Olmsted Hall, the Museum also administers Fort Putnam which it operates seasonally. The Museum also maintains part of its collection on display on Post with the cannon collection on Trophy Point, The superintendant portraits in the Cadet Mess and artwork in many of the academic and administrative buildings. All visitors to the United States Military Academy are encouraged to tour the Museum to view what is considered to be the oldest and largest diversified public collection of miltaria in the Western Hemisphere.
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“Must See a West Point/USMA”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Any trip to West Point would be incomplete without visiting The Museum. It depicts the history of the Fort, the Academy, the Army, the Cadets, arms, cannons, some vehicles and most of the displays are real objects. While a few are reproductions they are so noted. A visit here helps understand the reasons why it's important to the United States and it's history from our War Of Independence to today.

Visited August 2013
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“Great collection of military artifacts”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

This museum boasts of being the largest collection of military artifacts in the nation and it's easy to see why. It is 3+ floors in size and boasts many different galleries including the history of West Point, the history of US Wars, the evolution of worldwide conflict, and small & large scale weaponry. The curators of the museum did a nice job of organizing their artifacts by topic and keeping the information in each gallery at a reasonable level. Even if you have been to many other historical military museums, there are still some unique objects here that you won't find anywhere else: Napoleon's swords, Washington's pistols, the binoculars Warren used at Gettysburg, and objects taken from Herman Goering when he was captured by the Allies.

You could easily spend 3-5 hours here depending on your interest level and how many other military museums you have visited. Unfortunately, the large scale weaponry gallery was closed the day I visited (blamed on sequester cuts) so if there is something you are really interested in, you might want to call ahead. I would also make sure to GPS the location or print Google Maps directions before you come... it's a little confusing to reach. Overall, though, highly recommended.

Visited August 2013
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“Interesting Museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Gave an interesting overview of what West Point is about. Also the visitors center is worth a visit.

Visited July 2013
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“Beautiful Area & Great Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

This museum is free to enter.
The items on display at this museum are far to many to list.
A few items are, weapons & firearms used in past wars. Military uniforms worn by our past soldiers. Many artifacts from past wars, there is way too much to list. There is so much history in this museum. Also the grounds of West Point are beautiful to see & hold so much history.

Visited May 2013
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Wilmington, Delaware
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“I love history and the places was nicely air conditioned!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

It was mega hot during our visit to West Point, so this museum was a gem! Nice and dark and cool inside with tons of memoribilia from all the wars fought. Only disappointing part was that the lower floor was all closed off when we stopped by.

Visited July 2013
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