The 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum in North Carolina was founded in the year 1945. The mission of this museum is the collection, preservation, interpretation, and exhibition of the history from the year 1917 up through to present day of the 82nd Airborne Division. The museum’s primary purpose, however, is the education of the public. This memorial museum is dedicated to share the history of the 82nd Division with both the civilian community and the military community alike.
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The gallery of exhibits at the 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum is more than 5,600 square feet in area. Visitors are welcome to take a self-guided tour to fully explore the history and stories of the brave soldiers that made up the 82nd Airborne Division. The exhibit gallery starts at the founding of the 82nd Airborne Division during World War I. The exhibits continue up through the present day, acting as a timeline for the Division. The gallery also covers the 82nd Division’s role in The Global War on Terrorism. All of the artifacts displayed throughout the museum are authentic, original items that were at one time used by the Division Troopers, as well as used for, against, or with them, throughout the history of the 82nd Division.
The 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum also features a theater for visitors to learn more about the history of the 82nd Airborne Division. The theater in the museum is able to seat a maximum of sixty-four guests, and also consists of a stage area where presentations can be held. Visitors can sit and watch a short film that lasts about twenty-five minutes that highlights the history of the 82nd Division.
The film is shown either by request or every hour on a daily basis, and serves as an excellent preface to the things visitors will read and see throughout the main museum exhibit gallery. The museum’s theater can be booked for unit training during normal business hours, from Tuesday to Saturday. The short film can also be bought at the museum’s Gift Shop.
On the seven-acre grounds of the 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum is The Airborne Airpark. The Airpark contains nearly every aircraft that has been jumped from by Paratroopers since World War II. Used and captured pieces of artillery are displayed as well, including the M-551 Sheridan that was airdropped into Panama during Operation JUST CAUSE. Several memorials are also situated throughout the museum grounds. The Division Memorial honors all Paratroopers and Soldiers who have served as part of the 82nd Division.
The 82nd Airborne Division is a modular, active-duty airborne infantry division of the Army of the United States. The 82nd Division is stationed in one of the world’s largest areas for military training, Fort Bragg. The Division trains for airborne assault operations that take place in enemy-denied areas, and is specialized in airfield seizure. The 82nd Division is the country’s Global Response Force. It is currently under the XVIII Airborne Corps’ command, and can mobilize and land anywhere in fewer than thirty-six hours.
5108 Ardennes Street, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Phone: 910-436-1735