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National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center
Ranked #1 of 49 things to do in Columbus
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Owner description: 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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Reviewed February 10, 2013

They have done a fabulous job with this museum. Tons of artifacts, displays and interactive content all organized in an intuitive way. Definitely worth a visit!

Fee below is a "recommended donation" of $5. There are additional charges for some of the optional interactive things, like target practice. We spent about 2-3 hours there but didn't have time to do the whole upper level, mostly because I read almost everything in the displays, which slows you down. It would be easy to spent a half-day there if you are a history buff.

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Reviewed January 31, 2013 via mobile

This museum is must see! The displays and memorabilia are authentic and very lifelike. It's like taking a walk through history. Even my 9 year old was in awe of all of the history displayed. The folks who work there were knowledgable and helpful too. We spent a few hours at the museum and will most likely return die to the fact we didn't get to see everything.

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Reviewed January 29, 2013

This is a great museum. FT Benning has always had a great collection, but in the past, they were displayed in old buildings on post. The Army really put some serious thought into this project (i.e., the graduation field for all of the Infantry School’s is here, and the field contains dirt from every battlefield on the Army Flag) and developed a world class museum. I do have a prejudice as I spent 24 years in the Infantry and was assigned to FT Benning for school on numerous occasions, but this museum is in fact, top notch. Great displays, interesting artifacts (Herman Goering’s Marshall Baton), and the over 240 year of history of the US Army infantry on display in numerous rooms, each dedicated to different periods. When they were going to tear down some old WWI buildings, they instead moved an entire street to the museum so you can see these buildings (many still in use today on many posts…the govt got its money worth). My in-laws were married in the chapel on display. There are plans to build a new Armor Museum at the other end of the parking lot, and when this happens, it will be one of the best museum spots to visit. I highly recommend a vist; no trip to FT Benning is complete without it.

Thank ben17a
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

FYI: Closed on Monday's!! Tue-Sun 9am-5pm Sun 11:am-5:pm
FYI: Heritage walk dedication granite brick paver deadline: 4/15/13 for memorial day 2013 unveiling. If you want to order a brick contact the NIM. (706) 653-9234
FYI: Free to enter but they ask for a donation of $5 (very well worth it) We always give much more, as they use these donations to help with the continued building of the museum!

Between the husband and three now grown children I have been through a lot of museums and none of them come close to this one! I can say I enjoyed every inch of it! There are interactive parts, combat simulators and several very knowledgeable volunteers that can answer almost any question. I usually don't like self guided because that just means "wander around and get lost" but at this museum it is REALLY easy because of the smart layout ... it's literally foolproof! You can actually see how our Infantry (and more) has evolved over the years. If you're lucky, you may get to witness, as I did, a graduation of our newest soldiers since the graduation field is located directly behind the museum and overlooks the grounds from the second floor. Plan to stay all day, if you are serious or at least seriously curious about our wonderful Infantry. It will take many hours to thoroughly view/read it all. They do have a snack bar and quite a large gift shop.

They have an IMax theater/screen so you may want to pull up the current showing before you go and incorporate that into your

Ladies, the NIM also offers accommodations for weddings, meetings or prom!

Don't forget to walk outside to see Heritage Walk (near the flag pole) where they have place pavers in memory of loved ones. They occasionally offer a chance to buy one (currently until April 15,2013) for the unveiling on Memorial Day 2013. It is unsure when they will do this again. It's a humbling experience.

If you are in this driving area, love our military, are curious of how things "used to be", want to support our troops! This stop is FOR YOU!! I'd recommend it highly!

Thank lilladymo
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

This museum is fantastic, the men look real and were taken from plaster's of real men, this has everything, they show how men were trained, there is just everything there,my husband was trained at Ft. Benning for the 82nd AirBorn and I wish he was still around to see this place as he would love it and it would bring back memories for him. Out back they have part of the buildings that were there many years ago, the barracks, church, office's etc, It take's time to see it all so don't go in a hurry, I have been twice and I want to go back again. There is a resturant up stairs and the food is good, it's a place to take your time as there is a great deal there to see and remember.

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