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West Point Museum

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Address: 2110 New South Post Rd, West Point, NY 10996-2001
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+1 845-938-3590
10:30 - 16:15
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Sun - Sat 10:30 - 16:15
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

The mission of the West Point Museum is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and...

The mission of the West Point Museum is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret historically significant artifacts pertaining to the United States Military Academy, United States Army and the Profession of Arms. The Museum supplements cadet academic, cultural and military instruction and provides educational programs and services for military and civilian personnel. As a public institution, the museum stimulates interest in the United States Military Academy, the United States Army and the Military profession. In addition to the main museum building in Olmsted Hall, the Museum also administers Fort Putnam which it operates seasonally. The Museum also maintains part of its collection on display on Post with the cannon collection on Trophy Point, The superintendant portraits in the Cadet Mess and artwork in many of the academic and administrative buildings. All visitors to the United States Military Academy are encouraged to tour the Museum to view what is considered to be the oldest and largest diversified public collection of miltaria in the Western Hemisphere. The Museum does not require ID to visit. ID for everyone over 16 will be needed if you plan to tour the Academy grounds. Please visit the West Point Garrision webpage for further visitor information.

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West Point Museum and visitor center is a fantastic place to visit. Details not only issues specific to the US Military Academy but also to the US Army, and history of ground... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 May 2016
Robert R
Little Rock, Arkansas
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016 via mobile

West Point Museum and visitor center is a fantastic place to visit. Details not only issues specific to the US Military Academy but also to the US Army, and history of ground warfare. Give it an hour if you are a dilettante or two hours plus if you are an enthusiast. Highly recommend.

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Wescosville, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

The museum is located behind the Visitors' Center near the Thayer Gate, in town. It's free and there are several floors for you to see. There is a bit of redundancy on the two main exhibits, dealing with our wars and West Point in our wars. There are exhibits having heavy weapons, small arms on the lower floors. It is... More 

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Reedville, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

It takes a few trips to cover the whole museum, but it is worth it. Very spacious, good lighting, nice layout, unique artifacts, excellent displays. I will go back with new people every time I go to West Point. Super gift shop, too!

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Hackettstown, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

great football field great half time show good seats great band that played out side of the stadium.

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Brooklyn, New York, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016

We drove up for the paid tour (not worth it) but the Visitor Center exhibits (what life is like for a cadet) was awesome, as was the free museum (3 floors, lots of interesting exhibits, nothing hands on, not for small kids).

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2016

This museum displays a collection of weapons dating from the Ancient Egyptians (bow) and Assyrians (spearheads) to the modern era (Hitler's pistol). Items include Medieval armor, British mortars from the reigns of George II and George III, Napoleon's sword, and WWI-era armor. Drawings, models, and dioramas in the exhibits are high-quality works. Due to the limited time of our visit,... More 

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Crompond, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016

There are uniforms, weapons and as much military memorabilia as you can find anywhere. Check out Hermann Goering's ceremonial dagger. Any military buff will enjoy the variety of the displays. Well-worth the admission price and a great way to spend an afternon.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2016 via mobile

First, it's free. Yay! While I expected and wanted to see memorabilia related to the Academy, I was pleasantly surprised to find a moderately sized, well curated collection of the entire global history of warfare. Weaponry, uniforms, vehicles, paintings, and important historical objects were all there. Well done.

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West Monroe, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2016

After the NY State Rifle Competition our daughter participated in, we stopped here. It is full of history and is an absolute stunning building.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2016

This museum is worth a stop if you happen to be in the area. It would be a good supplement to a tour of West Point as it has mock-ups of the barracks where cadets reside as well as examples of their uniforms and some information on their daily life. There is some historical information about the academy and a... More 

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