National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center
- Admission: $0.00
- Suggested Donation: $5.00
The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center, in Columbus near the gates to Fort Benning, is a world-class museum honoring Soldiers past, present and future. It is the only museum in the country dedicated to the American Infantryman and preserves one of the greatest collections of military artifacts.
The museum traces Infantry history from colonial times to the present in a series of galleries. The museum’s campus features major memorials to the Vietnam War and the Global War on Terrorism, as well as a Memorial Walk of Honor.
The NIM is one of ten unique sites on the new Georgia World War II Heritage Trail. Visitors at each of site across the state will discover Georgia’s critical role during World War II. More than 300,000 Georgians served in the military from 1941-1945 and thousands of civilians worked in rapidly expanding defense industries.
Trail visitors at the NIM can explore an authentic World War II Company Street to see what life was like for trainees at nearby Fort Benning during the war. Seven buildings – a chapel, mess hall, barracks, supply room, orderly room and the headquarters and sleeping quarters used by GEN George S. Patton during the way – are outfitted just as they were in the ‘40s. Inside the museum, visitors will experience life-sized vignettes of Infantry actions at Omaha Beach and Corregidor on the Last 100 Yards ramp. And a 5,000-square-foot gallery contains priceless artifacts and stories of the men and women who served.
At the information desk, visitors can purchase a WWII Heritage Trail passport to record their visits to the various stops on the trail. It contains suggested routes for North Georgia, Middle Georgia, and the Coast, making it easy for visitors to experience two or three locations over a weekend. Discover Georgia’s legacy of inspiring wartime stories at the sites that make up the new Trail. Visit the Georgia World War II Heritage Trail website to learn more!
The National Infantry Museum also contains galleries tracing Infantry history from the Civil War to the present. The museum’s many attractions include a sit-down restaurant, Giant Screen Theater, virtual reality combat simulators and a gift store.
As a visitor, you will meet the Infantryman face to face and join him on his journey. You will come to understand why a Soldier puts himself in harm's way, and you will leave transformed, just as the Infantry transforms young men and women into U.S. soldiers.
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