National Infantry Museum to Reopen on Weekends; Schedule allows soldiers to train and the public to visit
Aug 3, 2021
For Immediate Release
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National Infantry Museum to Reopen on Weekends
Schedule allows Soldiers to train and the public to visit
Columbus, Georgia – August 3, 2021: After being closed for 16 months, the National Infantry Museum will once again open its doors to the public on weekends, beginning Saturday, August 7.
The reopening comes with the support of Maneuver Center of Excellence leadership. The post will schedule Soldier training tours at the museum only on weekdays so that the museum can open to the general public on weekends. Soldiers are still required to avoid mingling with the public in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Weekend hours will be the same as they were pre-pandemic: 9-5 Saturdays and 11-5 Sundays.
There are two dates in the near future that will require adjustments. On Saturday, August 21, the museum will close at 3pm to prepare for its annual gala. And on Saturday, September 11, it will not open until noon to accommodate Global War on Terrorism Memorial Rededication events in the morning.
The museum will continue to adhere to CDC safety protocols. Masks and physical distancing will be strongly encouraged. Hand sanitizer is stationed throughout the building. Practices could change without notice depending on city, state and federal updates.
Some attractions within the museum will remain closed for the time being, including the Fife and Drum restaurant and the Giant Screen Theater. Concessions will be available, the new Soldier Store will be open, and the Combat Simulators will be active, but availability may be limited due to staffing shortages.
Visitors will be pleased to see some big changes at the NIM since it closed in March 2020. The Soldier Store, now operated by a new vendor, has been overhauled and restocked with great new gift items. And the gallery that chronicles Infantry actions from 1989 to the present has been completely renovated to better reflect current operations.
The National Infantry Museum was voted America’s Best Free Museum for the third time in April. It also won Best History Museum in the USA Today Readers’ Choice contest. While the museum has free admission, visitors are asked to consider a donation of $5 per person to help us achieve our mission of honoring Soldiers past, present and future. The Army contributes just a portion of our operating costs, and with donation boxes sitting empty for 16 months, the museum is especially appreciative of your support.
The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center at Patriot Park, a 155-acre tract linking Columbus, Georgia, and the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, is the first world-class site to pay tribute to the U.S. Army Infantryman and those who fight alongside him. As the only interactive Army Museum in the United States, the museum showcases the contributions of the Infantry Soldier in every war fought by the U.S. by offering immersive participation and engaging visitors in the unique experiences of the Infantry Soldier. The complex also includes a parade field, memorial walk of honor, Global War on Terrorism Memorial, Vietnam Memorial Plaza, authentic World War II Company Street and Giant Screen Theater. For more information, visit www.nationalinfantrymuseum.org.