Interactive Galleries

With thousands of artifacts, monuments, interactive exhibits and video presentations on display, the National Infantry Museum is one of the nation’s leading military history destinations. Visitors of all ages can experience firsthand the American Infantryman’s journey to defeat tyranny around the globe.

Immersive Attractions

In addition to preserving the priceless legacy of the U.S. Army Infantryman, this world-class facility provides unique recreational opportunities for guests to enjoy. See a military documentary on the Giant Screen Theater, take a shot at the Combat Simulators or grab a bite at the Theater concessions during your visit.

Illuminating Events

Since opening in 2009, the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center has proven itself to be Columbus’s premier venue for events. Our 190,000-square-foot facility can accommodate a wide variety of public and private events, from day-long corporate meetings to dreamy weddings in our Grand Hall!

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NIM Logo_72dpiTHE MISSION

The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center opened in 2009 with one guiding mission: to honor the legacy and valor of the U.S. Army Infantryman.

EDUCATION

Telling the story of our nation’s past with the latest in technological innovation. Customizable tour packages available for students of all ages, servicemembers, church groups, scouts, military reunions and more.

PRESERVATION

In addition to more than 70,000 artifacts, the museum campus is also home to World War II Company Street, Vietnam Memorial Plaza – featuring the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall – and the Global War on Terrorism Memorial.

ATTRACTIONS

Offering the best opportunities for patriotic family fun, visitors can enjoy films on Giant Screen Theater, Combat Simulators, the Fife & Drum Restaurant and Bar, and a wide variety of annual community-wide events!

NEWS FROM THE FRONT LINE

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U.S. Army Civil Affairs established on August 17th, 1955Civil Affairs operators are versatile, innovative, and highly trained Soldiers who operate in small, autonomous teams among local populations, even in hostile or denied territory. Trained in foreign languages, cultural expertise, and negotiation techniques, CA Soldiers commonly operate in civilian clothes in over 80 different countries worldwide to build networks of formal and informal leaders and accomplish important missions in diplomatically or politically sensitive areas.The first Civil Affairs units in the Army were formed during World War II. Civil Affairs/Military Government was established as an Army Reserve Branch on August 17, 1955. Subsequently redesignated as the Civil Affairs Branch on October 2, 1959, its members continued its mission to provide guidance to commanders on a broad spectrum of civil affairs activities. The expansion of Civil Affairs in the Army led to it being established as a basic branch of the Army on October 16th, 2006. ... See MoreSee Less
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It’s the final countdown! The National Infantry Museum’s 12th Annual Salute to Soldiers Gala and Silent Auction is this week on Saturday, August 20th with the theme “Oh, The Places You’ll Go: Celebrating Army Posts Around the World.” #NIMGALA2022We have some fantastic items for our auction that you will not want to miss! Have the chance to bid on the “Fun in Atlanta” Package! This wonderful package includes two tickets to a Broadway show of your choice at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta for season 2022-2023 and four tickets to one Atlanta Braves home game of your choice for fall 2022! This would be the perfect opportunity to see all that Atlanta has to offer with the family. Get ready to bid and we hope to see you Saturday! ... See MoreSee Less
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In 1777, Gen. John Burgoyne’s army moved south from Canada as part of the overall British strategy to divide New England from the rest of the rebellious American colonies. Burgoyne’s supply line was stretched thin, forcing the general to explore opportunities to replenish his forces. When the General learned of horses and supplies in Bennington, Vermont, he divided his army, sending German, British, Loyalist, and Native American forces toward Bennington under the leadership of Lt. Col. Friedrich Baum.Local militia units learned of this activity and began to prepare for action as the bulk of the American forces in the area pulled back under attack by Burgoyne’s vanguard. American forces were led by Gen. John Stark. Baum’s command was attacked by over a thousand American militiamen. He was also duped by militiamen, seeking intelligence for Gen. Stark, entering his camp professing to be Loyalist recruits. Baum was mortally wounded as his Germans were overrun in dogged resistance. Many of his Native and Loyalist allies fled in the heat of the battle.The Battle of Bennington was the precursor to the defeat of Burgoyne’s army at Saratoga, turning the tide of the American Revolution in favor of the Americans. ... See MoreSee Less
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National Airborne Day! 82nd Anniversary of Test Platoon's first jump at Lawson Army Airfield at Fort Benning, Ga#OTD The first official Airborne Infantry jump was made on Aug. 16,1940, less than 50 days after the Airborne Infantry test platoon was organized, from a Douglas B-18. 1st Lt. William T. Ryder, the test platoon's platoon leader, and Pvt. William N. "Red" King were the first to make this jump as official Paratroopers for the U.S. Army. This led to the creation of the Army's Elite Paratrooper units, known as the Airborne."First and foremost, Fort Benning is the birthplace of the Airborne," - Command Sgt. Maj. (Retired) Robert K. Fortenberry, senior enlisted leader of the prestigious U.S. Army Infantry School.Those units made history parachuting into the darkness over Nazi-occupied France on D-Day, June 6, 1944. They seized key terrain and disrupted German communications ahead of the massive Allied amphibious landings that began hours later on the Normandy coast.In 2001, President George W. Bush established the day to commemorate the Test Platoon's foundational efforts.#airborne #airborneinfantry #fortbenning #paratrooper #usarmy #military #militaryhistory ... See MoreSee Less
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German Model 1915 Stick Grenade (c.1918)The stick grenade, a standard German Infantry weapon during World War I, came in a delayed detonation version as well as another model that exploded on contact. Plan your visit to the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center and explore our collection of more than 70,000 artifacts from the last 247 years of American military history. Explore on your own or book a guided tour to immerse yourself in the full museum experience!nationalinfantrymuseum.org/visit/#NIMonDisplay ... See MoreSee Less
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