National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center

National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center, Columbus

National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center

National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center
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Military Museums • History Museums
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The National Infantry Museum emphasizes the values that define the Infantryman, as well as the nation he protects: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. It preserves and displays one of the greatest collections of military artifacts in the world, but it is a museum of people, not things. As a visitor, you will meet the Infantryman face to face and join him on his journey. You will come to understand why an Infantryman does what he does, why he puts himself in harm’s way in defense of an idea and you will leave transformed, just as the Infantry transforms the man into the Soldier. The 190,000-square-foot museum opened in June 2009 on a 200-acre tract of hardwoods and pines just outside the gates of the Fort Benning Maneuver Center of Excellence.
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TravelSouthGA
Georgia184 contributions
Outstanding! From the walk through history, called the Last 100 yards (that ironically begins your visit), you will almost feel like you were there with the infantry. The individual exhibits of different periods of our history are also outstanding. When I went in May the restaurant was not yet open (only the snack bar), nor was the theater. But, the interactive simulator portion was open (I did not try it). For those who read the descriptions, allow several hours to see entire museum, particularly if you choose to see the parade grounds and exterior exhibits. Admission is free, although a small donation is appreciated.

Note: as others have mentioned, if you have PTSD, be aware that the sounds are pretty realistic and, particularly in the WWI trench area, quite loud (surprisingly so).
Written July 1, 2022
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Squirreldander
Naples, FL78 contributions
Couples
An incredible compilation of US military history under one roof. Segmented by wars and time periods, each room is complete with authentic dioramas, original artifacts and in later wars, actual video footage within the displays.

To realize the enormity of this wonderful museum, a full day will not permit you to take it all in and get watch the iMax theater offerings.

I had opportunity to visit the previous Infantry Museum before this was built in a white clapboard building…and thought that was incredible…but there is no comparison to this new museum.

With two children that are career military, one senior enlisted and the other an officer, it takes on added significance. But apart from that, it is an education, even a conundrum of the unfortunate necessity of war to maintain peace.

Plan for a full day at the very least, and immerse yourself in history.
Written December 2, 2021
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PresInTheATL
Atlanta, GA25 contributions
Couples
Awesome visit today! In Columbus for work and decided to drop by the museum while we had some free time. The staff were very friendly. The exhibits were very informative, well thought out and very interesting. We did not allocate enough time to see everything. Definitely going to come back. Just a note that the museum is free but they request a $5 donation per person. They do have a card machine to make your donation so you don’t have to worry about having cash. Well worth the visit!
Written February 22, 2020
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Mike W
Marietta8 contributions
We spent Memorial Day 2022 here and spent many hours going through the Museum and the outdoor Memorials. Though a Navy man, my father was Army so my son was able to see many things about the Army my father talks about with him as well as learn some much needed History that our School system fails to teach out younger generations. I loved this place. We also visited the Global War on Terrorism Memorial where I found 7 of my fellow Navy Seabees from NMCS-14 we lost in 2004.
Written June 2, 2022
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Cruiser536734
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This is definitely the best military museum we have ever visited and ranks at the top of all museums we've seen. There is so much to see here that you will likely want to spend at least the better part of the day (we came back twice!) even if you're not reading much of the commentary. Very well done; very educational.
Written January 26, 2022
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voyageur28
GA3 contributions
Family
What a gem. We brought our family here as a surprise for our teenage son's birthday and it exceeded our expectations by far. The exhibits make history come alive, the WWII tour with Smith was interesting and well presented, and everyone was so polite and welcoming. Especially loved the St George statue on the ground level. Next time we’ll make sure to check out the Giant Screen.
Written July 30, 2022
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kelly K
Columbus, GA3 contributions
Family
The National Infantry Museum is an amazing place to tour. Honoring Military service members throughout our American history--Excellence deserves recognition🦅🇺🇸🔔. Each time I visit, I am humbled by the sacrifices made for We the People of America and abroad. My grandchildren ages 10-17, love it too. I am so grateful for the men and women who sacrifice & serve for our Freedom. Also, for those who dedicate their money & time volunteering to keep this museum going for future generations to see. This place will touch your spirit & soul.
Written October 18, 2021
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2doglady
Tennessee721 contributions
This museum is free and parking is free. There is a hotel on the next lot that is very convenient. We spent about 2 hours here and felt that was sufficient although it would be easy to spend longer if you read more. There is a hall called the Last 100 Yards dedicated to infantrymen and women and a gallery with more info on Fort Benning itself. There is a movie theater here but we did not utilize that. They have a gift shop near the entrance. Downstairs are 7 galleries to view which house most of the artifacts. There is an Armor gallery, a Family Gallery, and five galleries based on time periods. The displays and sound effects are impressive. Some memorials are on the grounds outside the building but it was raining the day we were there, so we missed those. There is a restaurant on the premises which you might want to use because there are no eateries nearby. Since it is free, I am sure you could eat a lunch in your car and then go back in to finish the museum if you needed more time. The museum is closed on Mondays but if it is a major federal holiday like President's Day, then it is open. Hours are 9 to 5 Tuesday to Saturday and 11 to 5 on Sundays. No big bags allowed inside. Photos can be taken but no flash. Graduations are on Thursdays or Fridays I believe. If you are near Columbus, GA, this is definitely worth a visit.
Written January 2, 2020
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Jam S
Pine Mountain, GA8 contributions
There is no favorite of this museum, it was packed with history and great exhibits start to finish. Well run, clean, just super super place to spend time. Visited many times and always see something new of interest.
Written March 23, 2021
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chucknelson59
Crestview, FL22 contributions
Being a former Infantryman I was excited to makes the four hour trip from Florida to Georgia. The building is beautiful and spacious. Plan on making a day of it. There is so much to see. There are a few drawbacks (for me). There are a lot of sound effects and recordings both music and voice played on a loop. Most are so loud it's hard to talk within your group without raising your voice. Downstairs there is a hall full of individual rooms dedicated to time periods, they did not appear to be in chronological order. The WWII "Village tour" in the back is outstanding.
If you're planning to have lunch I would suggest skipping "The Drum and Fife" restaurant. I understand sometimes things go wrong, they ran out of french fries and offered a "premium upgrade" side, two of us ordered onion rings, when they got to the table there was only four rings. Honestly I would have spent half and gotten twice at the Burger King right down the road. Also everything that was fried was very greasy
Written March 4, 2020
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National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center is open:
  • Sun - Sun 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tue - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM