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“History buff's dream!”
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West Point Museum
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US$196.36*
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Historic Hudson Valley Day Tour from NYC
Ranked #2 of 10 things to do in West Point
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The mission of the West Point Museum is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret historically significant artifacts pertaining to the United States Military Academy, United States Army and the Profession of Arms. The Museum supplements cadet academic, cultural and military instruction and provides educational programs and services for military and civilian personnel. As a public institution, the museum stimulates interest in the United States Military Academy, the United States Army and the Military profession. In addition to the main museum building in Olmsted Hall, the Museum also administers Fort Putnam which it operates seasonally. The Museum also maintains part of its collection on display on Post with the cannon collection on Trophy Point, The superintendant portraits in the Cadet Mess and artwork in many of the academic and administrative buildings. All visitors to the United States Military Academy are encouraged to tour the Museum to view what is considered to be the oldest and largest diversified public collection of miltaria in the Western Hemisphere. The Museum does not require ID to visit. ID for everyone over 16 will be needed if you plan to tour the Academy grounds. Please visit the West Point Garrision webpage for further visitor information.
Reviewed 6 August 2017

As a longtime student of military history, I highly recommend this museum. Although the emphasis is on West Point and the U.S.A., there is something for everyone in the large collection of weapons, artifacts and dioramas. Where else can you see items owned by Napoleon, Patton, and many others for free! Because of size, there aren't a lot of large exhibits like tanks or planes, but the collection of swords and firearms is impressive.

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Reviewed 5 August 2017

This museum is out of the way so make sure you use a GPS. The museum is well-designed by topic, including generals and battles, history of war, a small weapons gallery, a large weapons gallery, and history of WP. There is quite a collection of artifacts and war loot, including captured flags, arrows that were shot at Custer, a wooden Civil War torpedo, flags captured during the American Revolution, rare paintings and prints from the 18th century, Hitler’s pistol, and Goering’s baton and dagger. Uniform reproductions include good text explaining the fabrics and functions of uniform parts.

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Reviewed 29 July 2017

The West Point Museum is tribute to the Military Academy and it's graduates, who have served our nation well. It traces the West Point history from simply a strategic location in the revolution to the academy's birth through the Thayer era and up to today. It also reflects the history of the army, although the army's museum is still under construction at Fort Belvoir. VA. Regarding construction, to get to the West Point Museum, one must circumvent a major construction project. Also, the size of a bag, which one can bring in, is limited and the warning sign for this is posted at a spot after one has navigated the construction project.

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Reviewed 26 July 2017

Excellent displays of weapons, uniforms, vehicles, and lots of information about cadets, West point history, and Army life.

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Reviewed 26 July 2017

My son loved this, I just wish that he had let me read more. Unique little museum, with lots of interesting military artifacts and history all under one roof, there are three stories of displays, the walking is minimal and not overwhelming for children. The time it take to get through will vary, but can be as little as about 30 minutes. This attraction doesn't have a fee which is nice, as children can sometimes limit ones time.

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