US Army Heritage and Education Center

US Army Heritage and Education Center

The U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center (USAHEC) is the premier facility for historical research on U.S. Army history and is dedicated to “Telling the Army story…one Soldier at a time.” This interactive and interpretive facility includes the Military History Institute archives, Visitor and Education Center and Exhibits, and outdoor Army Heritage Trail.

Ridgway Hall (Military History Institute)

Located in Ridgway Hall at the USAHEC, the library and archives is the Army’s preeminent research facility. The collection located in the Ridgway Hall research facility  encompasses over 14 million items, including the largest collection of Civil War photos in the world.

Visitor and Education Center

The Visitor and Education Center is dedicated to educating visitors about  the culture and experiences of American soldiers. This area features special exhibits, an interpretive gallery, art gallery, museum store, cafe, and multipurpose rooms for events, lectures and workshops.

Army Heritage Trail

The mile-long outdoor Army Heritage Trail allows visitors to experience history in a new way, through interactive and full-scale military exhibits. Exhibits include a Cobra helicopter, Civil War encampment cabins, WWI trench system and more highlighting the different eras of American military history.

Hours: The trail is open dawn to dusk everyday; exhibits on the trail are open during normal business hours, weather permitting.

USAHEC’s hours of operation are Monday thru Saturday 10AM – 5PM, Sunday 12PM to 5PM.

The USAHEC will be open on the following Federal Holidays: Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Veteran’s Day but will be closed for all other Federal holidays.”

Admission is FREE!

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