Nisei Soldier Experience: The Two Front War
The National Museum of the United States Army is home to an unprecedented collection of Japanese American artifacts that capture the rarely-told story of the Japanese American Nisei Soldier during World War II. This temporary exhibit highlights their struggles both at home and abroad, their courageous acts on the battlefield, and their long-awaited recognition culminating in the Congressional Gold Medal.
The National Museum of the United States Army is located on a publicly accessible area of Fort Belvoir, Va. and will be open to the public as of November 11, 2020.
As the Army’s front door, the Museum is an enduring effort to tell the Army’s story and honor the accomplishments, sacrifices and commitment of American Soldiers.
The Museum is the first comprehensive and truly national museum to capture, display and interpret more than 245 years of Army history.
The Museum brings to life that history in times of war and peace as told through the eyes of Soldiers.
The Museum also offers educational experiences illustrating the Army’s role in building and defending our nation, as well as Army humanitarian missions and technological and medical breakthroughs built on Army ingenuity.
The Museum is a joint effort between the U.S. Army and the Army Historical Foundation. The Foundation constructed the building with private funds. The U.S. Army provided the infrastructure, roads, utilities and exhibit work that transformed the building into a museum.
The construction and maintenance of a national museum of this scale was and is a massive undertaking. The U.S. Army designated the Foundation as the official fundraiser to support the building’s construction on federal land.
A combination of Foundation and Museum contracts brought the Museum to life. Architect Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP designed the building and Clark Construction Group, LLC began construction of the 185,000 square-foot facility in 2017. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers coordinated site preparation, constructing the roads, and installing utilities.
Exhibit designers Christopher Chadbourne & Associates and Eisterhold Associates Inc. created the Museum’s storyline and exhibit design. Design and Production, Inc. fabricated and installed the gallery exhibits. The Scenic Route, Inc. designed, fabricated, and installed the Experiential Learning Center, the Army Theater and the Medal of Honor Experience.
In total, over 30 different organizations brought their expertise to this important project. The U.S. Army now owns and operates the Museum. The Foundation will continue its fundraising role in support of Museum operations and will manage all retail, catering and special events services.