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Miami Valley Military History Museum

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Miami Valley Military History Museum

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4100 W 3rd St Building 120, Dayton, OH 45428-9000
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interceptpubs wrote a review Jul 2018
Columbus, Indiana1,004 contributions392 helpful votes
We visit a lot of museums, military and otherwise, and this one reminded us of the type of military history displays found in many county museums, albeit on a larger scale. There are a lot of donated artifacts (uniforms, medals, war souvenirs, ephemera, etc.) from area veterans from the Revolution (although nothing much until the Civil War) through the War on Terror. There are some interesting artifacts here - like a uniform from one of the few Americans to fight in Italy during the First World War, a piece of USS Arizona's superstructure from Pearl Harbor, a unique custom flight suit and awards from the winning B-52 crew from a Cold War-era SAC bombing competition, and many other items. In fact to some degree, there is too much on display with relatively little accompanying background material to pull everything together into a coherent whole (which is what great museums do). Yes, each display cabinet has a notebook with a description of the various artifacts in that cabinet, but this is a tedious way to get information and doles it out piecemeal. While every veteran's story is important, it is also important to understand how their service fits into the big picture. We understand the problems of limited funding, lots of well meaning donations from veterans and their families, etc. This museum is still worth a visit, and we spent an hour or so looking through the displays. Admission is free, and the museum is located on the grounds of the Dayton VA Medical Center. Built in 1867 as one of three National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and is worth a look in itself.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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Kathleen S wrote a review Mar 2018
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia3 contributions
Loved it visited with my navy vet husband when he had a VA appointment. Well set up and displays and staff are very informative strongly suggest people visit
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Date of experience: March 2018
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Nicki G wrote a review Dec 2017
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This was a really neat experience. It really brings to light what our veterans experienced while fighting for our freedom! I was never all that interested in military stuff but after visiting the museum, I felt differently about it. They have authentic artifacts as well as photographs from every war that our nation has been involved with. Pretty cool stuff. The Dayton VA Campus is a great piece of history in itself. Definitely worth visiting if you like history.
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Date of experience: March 2017
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Pat C wrote a review Jun 2017
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The museum is on the grounds of the Dayton VA and is free to the public. It contains artifacts from all of the armed forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard). It covers the wars and conflicts where the US was involved. Lots of stories and many of the artifacts are identified with the person who wore the uniform or used the item. It is necessary to climb about 6 steps to enter the museum.
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Date of experience: June 2017
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Catherine B wrote a review Dec 2016
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Every display is clearly marked. A collection of lives of our Armed Forces... pictures, stories... WOW !!! The flow of eras is logical from American Revolution to current. Tours of the Historic Protestant Chapel, the Grotto Gardens and the VA Campus... On the National Register of Historic Places... dates to Civil War... and presentations are offered.
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Date of experience: December 2016
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