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“Small but Great Military History”
Review of West Point Museum

West Point Museum
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Historic Hudson Valley Day Tour from NYC
Ranked #2 of 11 things to do in West Point
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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 21 August 2017

The displays are not overwhelming but the information contained therein is excellent military history. It's easy to get to as part of Highland Falls, NY and just a block outside the gate to the Academy. It's free. It's great background information to understanding the US Military Academy, regional area, and military history.

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Reviewed 19 August 2017

Covers history of warfare and of the Academy. Some glaring omissions: it would appear nothing happened since 1945 except the admission of females.

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Reviewed 17 August 2017

This was a great place for anyone with any interest in weapons, warfare, history, or West Point. There are multiple floors of really great exhibits. Just make sure that you set aside enough time to truly appreciate each room. I told my wife that I would be an hour...it was closer to 2 hours! And it's FREE!!

2  Thank LouisD357
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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.

2  Thank David C
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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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