Military Heritage Museum

Military Heritage Museum, Punta Gorda

Military Heritage Museum
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Military Museums • History Museums
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Just a few steps away from Fishermen's Village, the Museum has over 17,000 sq ft of exhibit and activity areas. On the first level, take a walk-through history through three unique galleries; from the Revolutionary War through modern conflicts. Visit the Hall of Hero's gallery and its special Medal of Honor exhibit. On the second level become part of history, through simulations and virtual reality including aircraft, tank, and naval simulators. Take a special forces "parachute jump" or drive a "tank" - two incredible virtual reality experiences we offer. Also found on the second floor is our Academy Library and ancestry research. Be sure to visit our Library and our our 247-seat Gulf theater.
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callie56
Fairport, NY26 contributions
Couples
Very well curated. We ran out of time between arriving at 2:00 & the museum closing early(4:00). It was very interesting; navigation through the museum was sensible & logical. We were not aware of the extra experiences one could have( they were only mentioned in brief passing & never offered to us). Even though we felt "pushed" through the museum, we would highly recommend it.
Written January 27, 2022
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Paul S
Port Charlotte, FL499 contributions
I recently used the Military Heritage Museum Website to purchase tickets to an upcoming ABBA tribute concert. I found it difficult to print the tickets I had ordered.
I eventually manged to print the tickets and hope for a great concert.
Written February 24, 2022
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hawkeyed9sza
LaBelle, FL57 contributions
We arrived early, shortly after they opened and spent several hours there. Even though it's a small museum, there is a lot to see and learn about, reminisce about, shed a few tears over. The flight simulator was a great experience, included in your ticket price.
A big shout out to two volunteers, Don S. who was our flight instructor, and Tom G. who gave us a personal tour, told us stories of things not written on the display cards, and really made the visit more enjoyable and informative.
The library is excellent, with many books about every war, military campaign, etc. The theater showed a History Channel documentary at different times during the day. Stadium seating was comfortable. Restrooms were spotless. Nice gift shop with reasonable prices.
There is an elevator for handicap access located underneath the building in a parking area, but we did not know that, only figured it out ourselves later. No signs to direct you to the handicap access. We did not need it but the steps up to the building can look very daunting to an elderly veteran who doesn't know how to reach the elevator. We will definitely return again! And within walking distance to Fisherman's Village.
Kids are given a chance to do a scavenger hunt to find certain displays, so that makes a great adventure for them.
Written March 29, 2022
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Diane K
Venice, FL3,720 contributions
Couples
We enjoyed the free covered parking under the museum with an elevator to take you inside. We spent around 90 minutes exploring the museum, reading the displays, etc. it was quite informative and well displayed.
Written June 16, 2022
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MusicProf
Lancaster, PA148 contributions
As a former volunteer at the Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH and the USS Essex in NYC, I was truly impressed by this small, but impressive museum. The displays are well done, extensively researched and clearly presented. The library is a great place to fill you love of military literature. I had a Korean war era, B-29 pilot serve as my "instructor" on the flight simulator and had a blast piloting a P-38. Highly recommended!
Written July 9, 2022
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ElisabettaR17
Tampa, FL78 contributions
Couples
We were in town visiting friends and we found this museum on Trip Advisor. What a pleasant surprise. Excellent exhibits with new information about the various wars, fantastic virtual reality (halo jump, space walk, history of flight) and an amazing flight simulator with an instructor for an additional fee. 250 person theater showing a different movie every month. We watched a 360 reconstruction of D-Day that brought tears to our eyes. Wonderful place and we learnt so much.
Written June 16, 2021
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barrynoah
Davenport, FL679 contributions
This museum gives you a great view of our military history but done with a very personal touch - you really get to know people who fought in these wars. All the volunteers are veterans who give you great knowledge and personal experiences. Tons to see and feel. We loved the virtual simulator as well as the simulated shooting range.
Written December 3, 2021
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Roger & Delona
7 contributions
Friends
This is a hidden gem in Punta Gorda. I am not crazy about military museums but went because friends were in town. I loved it. With the very inexpensive entrance fee, it includes time in a flight simulator, a firing range a virtual experience of eight military "jobs" (such as a sniper, bomb tech, jumping from a helicopter and more) l definitely won't mind going back). Visitors have to be 10 years old for the addional activities.
Written December 18, 2020
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Su M
Punta Gorda, FL130 contributions
This museum is the MOST amazing place to visit in the entire area. You can spend an hour or many hours seeing and experiencing all that there is. The theater has live shows pre-scheduled including lectures, movies, and LIVE performances. It is NOT just for x-military people, but is a major learning experience for young and old alike and you walk away much smarter about the USA. Patriotism here is contagious. A definite 5 star rating for the Military Heritage Museum.
Written July 16, 2020
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Dale B
Punta Gorda, FL3 contributions
Solo
The overall quality is amazing with the inexpensive entry. This is a wonderful place to both learn and teach history with a wonderful group of volunteers and workers.

From the extensive displays of artifacts to the amazing virtual reality goggles, this really is a place to learn and explore history.
Written February 27, 2021
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  • Tue - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM