Coronavirus impacts Army Museum's opening day

Julia LeDoux
March 30, 2020 - 12:31 pm
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Note: This story has been updated

The stay at home order issued by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Monday to fight the coronavirus pandemic will likely delay the National Museum of the United States Army's grand opening in June.

"The COVID-19 public health emergency will likely impact the museum's public opening scheduled for June 4," a statement released Tuesday night reads. 

The Army is monitoring the COVID-19 situation and more updates will be shared as they become available, the statement concludes.

Located just outside Fort Belvoir, Virginia, about 17 miles from the nation’s capital, the museum is a joint effort oftheiU.S. Army and the non-profit Army Historical Foundation, which is constructing the building through private funds. The U.S. Army is providing the museum’s infrastructure, roads, utilities, and exhibit work.

The museum complex is comprised of 185,000 square feet of building space along with gardens, trails, and an  . Exhibits and galleries will tell the story of the founding of the nation through three exhibits called Soldier Stories, Fighting for the Nation and Army and Society.

The Fighting for the Nation exhibit is broken down into six galleries that cover from the Revolutionary War through the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Each of the galleries is sized-based on the percentage of the American population that served during the time frame it covers.

In addition, the Army and Society Gallery will include stories of Army innovations and the relationship between the Army, civilian government, and American people. The Experiential Learning Center will provide visitors of all ages with hands-on geography, science, technology, engineering and math (G-STEM) learning and team-building activities.

The museum will be free to visit but a timed-entry ticket will be required. The facility will be open every day of the year, with the exception of Dec. 25.

Around 750,000 visitors are expected to visit the museum during its first year of operation.

For updates on the status of the museum, visit ArmyHistory.org.

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