Open to the public on weekends.


National Infantry Museum is open to the public on the weekends.

After being closed for 16 months, the National Infantry Museum will once again open its doors to the public on weekends, beginning Saturday, August 7.

The reopening comes with the support of Maneuver Center of Excellence leadership. The post will schedule Soldier training tours at the museum only on weekdays so that the museum can open to the general public on weekends. Soldiers are still required to avoid mingling with the public in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Weekend hours will be the same as they were pre-pandemic: 9-5 Saturdays and 11-5 Sundays.

There are two dates in the near future that will require adjustments. On Saturday, August 21, the museum will close at 3pm to prepare for its annual gala. And on Saturday, September 11, it will not open until noon to accommodate Global War on Terrorism Memorial Rededication events in the morning.

The museum will continue to adhere to CDC safety protocols. Masks and physical distancing will be strongly encouraged. Hand sanitizer is stationed throughout the building. Practices could change without notice depending on city, state and federal updates.

Some attractions within the museum will remain closed for the time being, including the Fife and Drum restaurant and the Giant Screen Theater. Concessions will be available, the new Soldier Store will be open, and the Combat Simulators will be active, but availability may be limited due to staffing shortages.

Visitors will be pleased to see some big changes at the NIM since it closed in March 2020. The Soldier Store, now operated by a new vendor, has been overhauled and restocked with great new gift items. And the gallery that chronicles Infantry actions from 1989 to the present has been completely renovated to better reflect current operations.

The National Infantry Museum was voted America’s Best Free Museum for the third time in April. It also won Best History Museum in the USA Today Readers’ Choice contest. While the museum has free admission, visitors are asked to consider a donation of $5 per person to help us achieve our mission of honoring Soldiers past, present and future. The Army contributes just a portion of our operating costs, and with donation boxes sitting empty for 16 months, the museum is especially appreciative of your support.

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! 

Hours of Operation

Saturday 9am -5pm
Sunday 11am -5pm

PLEASE NOTE: On Saturday, September 11, it will not open until 1pm to accommodate Global War on Terrorism Memorial Rededication events in the morning.

Admission Cost

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.

Self-Guided Tours

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!

Museum Policies

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.

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National Infantry Museum | 1775 Legacy Way, Columbus, Georgia 31903

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