National Infantry Museum to Reopen for Three Weeks!
Soldiers’ Holiday Block Leave Opens Window of Opportunity
The National Infantry Museum is happy to announce the museum will reopen to the public December 19 through January 10. Click calendar for specific dates and hours. The museum has been closed to the public since mid-March in an effort to protect visiting Soldiers from the potential threat of exposure to COVID-19. Units of young Soldiers have continued their training – which includes heritage training at the NIM – throughout the pandemic. To allow those visits to continue, the museum reached an agreement with the leadership at the Maneuver Center of Excellence to keep the museum thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. But the Soldiers are now preparing for their traditional Holiday Block Leave, a chance to spend time with their families at home. So, while they’re away, the museum can reopen to the public. Families who may be picking up their Soldiers for the holiday break are encouraged to spend a little extra time in Columbus to visit the museum. And locals will have the city’s #1 attraction and nation’s Best Free Museum to show off to visiting friends and family.
The museum will remain stringent with its safety protocols. Masks will be required of all guests and social distancing between groups will be monitored. Housekeeping teams will regularly sanitize high-touch areas such as doors, handrails and countertops. Touch-screen displays will be inoperative. The Giant Screen Theater will be screening The Polar Express 3D on limited dates December 12-27. The Fife and Drum restaurant will not be open during this time, however the Rally Point Canteen concessions stand in the theater lobby will be well stocked with snacks and light meals. Admission to the NIM is free. Donations at the door are much appreciated, especially in this challenging time.
Plan Your Visit
See a collection of more than 70,000 artifacts from the last 240 years of American military history. Explore on your own or book a guided tour to immerse yourself in the full museum experience! Be sure to add time into your schedule to experience the museum’s Giant Screen Theater and full-service restaurant while you are here.
Hours of Operation
** Closed to the public until further notice**
Holiday will reopen to the public December 19 through January 10.
The museum is closed on Mondays, with the exception of the following federal holidays and observances:
- May 25, 2020 – Memorial Day
- July 4, 2020 – Independence Day
- November 11, 2020 – Veterans Day (Observed)
Additionally, the National Infantry Museum will be closed the following holidays: Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
There is no admission fee, however, we ask that you consider a donation of $5 per person to help maintain this magnificent tribute to the Infantry Soldier. Separate charges apply to experience the Giant Screen Theater, Combat Simulators and Fife and Drum Restaurant. Visit the attractions page to learn more.
The museum is self-guided. Upon arrival, you will be given a Visitors Guide and brief introduction by a museum volunteer. You could easily spend all day exploring but it is recommended that you reserve at least three hours to tour. If you have questions about an exhibit, look for our knowledgeable museum volunteers in blue shirts. Are you pressed for time during your visit? See our suggested itineraries for a visit that fits your schedule. We will make sure you hit all of the spectacular exhibits and displays to get the full museum experience!
Security Check: Bags larger than 11” x 6” x 15” are not permitted inside the museum or on the museum campus. Bag checks and wand scans will be conducted to ensure guest safety. Smart bags are prohibited from the museum and the museum campus. Guns, knives and pepper spray are prohibited.
Pet Policy: Pets are not allowed in the museum or on the museum campus, including the stadium. Pets can not be left inside of vehicles on the premises. Please make arrangements for your pets prior to your visit. Certified Service Animals specifically trained to aid a person with a disability are allowed, as along as they are under the owner’s control. Any service animal that poses a threat to the health and safety of others may be removed upon exhibiting such behavior.
Acceptable Attire: The museum is a family venue and acceptable attire is required for entry. Visitors will not be allowed entry into the museum wearing clothing with profanity or words that disparage individuals or groups based on sex, race or national origin.
Food & Drink: The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center has three on-site food service options at various price points:
- The Fife & Drum Restaurant – Full service restaurant and bar featuring American bistro cuisine with a Southern kick.
- The Rally Point Canteen – Our newly-remodeled Giant Screen Theater concessions stand, serving everything from corn dogs to mozzarella sticks and featuring the lowest prices on popcorn and Coca-Cola® products you’ll find in a movie theater!
- Stadium Concessions – Open only during graduation ceremonies to fight that early morning chill with a cup of hot Starbucks® coffee and selection of breakfast items.
Outside meals or beverages are not permitted inside the museum or Giant Screen Theater. We will, however, make all reasonable accommodations for dietary restrictions. If you have questions about school lunches or tour groups, please contact our Education Department.
There is no fee to park. If needed, you may drop off passengers at the traffic circle in front of the museum before parking to avoid a long walk. Handicap parking is available at the front of the museum.
Wheelchairs and Strollers Available
The museum is handicap accessible and manual wheelchairs are available for use at no charge. Elevators are located on each floor and there is plenty of seating throughout the museum to rest. The museum also has a limited number of strollers available for use at no charge. Please visit the Info Desk in the lobby or call (706) 685-5800 for details.