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United States Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC)
Ranked #1 of 21 things to do in Carlisle
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Premier facility for historical research on U.S. Army history & is dedicated to telling the Army story...one Soldier at a time. Open to the public, key features of the USAHEC include interpretive & interactive exhibits, the research library & archive, & multifunction facilities. Visit the USAHEC special exhibits, "Soldier Experience" interpretive gallery, art gallery, museum store, Army Heritage Trail (AHT), or attend an event, lecture, or workshop. The mile-long outdoor AHT allows visitors to experience history in a new way, through interactive and full-scale military exhibits. The U.S. Army War College Library is a component of the USAHEC and features one library system in 2 locations. In Ridgway Hall, the library & archives collection encompasses over 14 million historical items. The Root Hall collection covers subjects such as military strategy & operations, leadership & management, international relations, foreign policy, strategic studies, & economics.
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Great place full of fun and history!
The price can’t be beat! Free fun can be hard to find these days. My kids always enjoy the Heritage Center!

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank sashaleb
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"great museum"
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"all ages"
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"education center"
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"dog tags"
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"military equipment"
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"obstacle course"
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"walking path"
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"small cafe"
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"kids and adults"
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"parachute drop"
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

Well worth a stop along I81 in Pennsylvania. Easy to get to and find. This park is a popular walking trail for the locals. Walking the trail is free. Parking is ample and free.

Among the displays is a world war I trench display you can walk into, a number of armored vehicles, two helicopters, numerous military buildings and even a German WWII 88MM gun.

Walking through fast, it took us an hour to walk the outside portion only. We arrived at 340PM and the inside portion closes at 4PM, so it was closed by the time we finished the trail.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank shartli
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

This is a small but great museum that features the military's campaigns and accomplishments from The Spanish American War to the Present. There are knowledgeable volunteers, well written signage, and interactive displays. The library is perhaps the coup de gras. The library is beautiful. It offers the ability to research military history with research librarians. Come prepared to turn your cellphone off, use a locker for your belongings, and work only with a pencil as there are primary sources in this library.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank snjmom
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

we came here with our son and his wife and our grandsons and it was a visit that was not only educational but is was also a day of appreciation and fun for the entire family

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank slhock1957
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Reviewed 26 March 2018

I have been here countless times! The museum isn't huge, but it's a nice little stop, and won't take you too long to view. The outside trails are very engaging. I can remember visiting as a kid and loving the tanks, the trenches, the army course, etc.

The trails are dog friendly too! Just please remember to keep them leashed at all times and clean up after them so that it STAYS dog friendly :) My two pups love the trail and the people!

It is also free of charge - you can't beat that for an educational family outing!

Also, keep an eye out for their events during the summer!

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank heathershen
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