The Only Museum in the World Dedicated to Army Women
The U.S. Army Women’s Museum honors women’s contributions to the Army from the Revolutionary War to the present, telling their stories with artifacts, interactive exhibits, educational programs, videos, dioramas, historical displays and photographs throughout the galleries, and with film presentations in the theater.
Among the many fascinating women you will learn about are Margaret Corbin who took up arms and fought in place of her fallen husband during the Revolutionary War, and Cathay Williams, who hid her true identity and changed her name to William Cathay in order to fight as a Buffalo Soldier.
The museum has an exhibit that interprets the many roles of women in support of the Union and Confederated Soldiers. The fascinating stories as nurses and spies are highlighted and a special section on the lengths to which women went to serve–even disguising themselves as men–are explored.
Enter a World War II barracks scene and join the ranks for a “GI” or Government Issue clothing inspection. Trace the history of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps and the Women’s Army Corps from its beginning in 1942.
Learn about the important work of the Women’s Army Corps during the 1950s-1970s and the expanding opportunities afforded women in the decades after.
Women continue to play a vital role in today’s Army, having reached the top of the Army’s officer and enlisted ranks. They have commanded soldiers and fought on the front line in the Global War on Terrorism. American women have served on division staffs, led convoys, laid miles of fuel pipeline across the desert and patrolled the streets of foreign countries. In the last decade the role of Army women has greatly expanded and continues to do so. Exhibits about their role in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan interpret their contributions.
Admission is free. Gift shop on-site. Visitors must use the Sisisky Gate on Route 36 (picture ID, vehicle registration/ insurance required). Social distancing and masks required.