Airborne and Special Operations Museum, Fayetteville

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Airborne and Special Operations Museum explores the history of, and plays tribute to, the U.S. military, with a focus on its airborne and special operations forces. Embark on a self-guided tour to learn the history of these forces, from the U.S Army Parachute Test Platoon of 1940 to peacekeeping and contingency operations today. Informational displays, artifacts, and interactive activities bring soldiers' stories to life. The museum's "Descending from the Clouds" movie and Pitch, Roll, and Yaw motion simulator provide further insight into the duties of these brave soldiers. Spend time in the museum's lobby, home to the Medal of Honor Wall. Put Airborne and Special Operations Museum at the forefront of your travel plans using our Fayetteville trip itinerary maker.
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  • Lots of stuff to see, well organized and thoroughly researched. Our family of 5 was easily able to spend 4-5 hours here. The fact that it's free is even more surprising. The museum itself is laid out....  more »
  • I only wish I had more time to read all the great information. The exhibits were very well done containing personal stories from soldiers and events from 1940s-2000s. They have a huge variety of...  more »
  • What a great little museum! The place isn't huge, but it is packed with information and exhibits. We spent a few hours there and could have stayed even longer. It was a good mix of artifacts and information panels. They "sets" they had set up were highly effective. They also had a WWII vet manning an exhibit which was such a fantastic opportunity and really enhanced the experience!
  • I had been in town for work, but wanted to take time out of my afternoon to visit this important museum. I wasn't disappointed. When you walk up to the entrance you are greeted with all kinds of memorial stones that have been placed by the curators, and pay tribute to family members that have served the Airborne. This is probably one of the most incredible military museums I have visited. You can tell from the design of the building, a lot of thought and caring went into it. When you go inside you are greeted by a huge parachute extended and hanging from the ceiling. I can't imagine what it may have been like to be on the ground seeing 100 of these men coming at you! Beauty and terror about to drop on your head. As I progressed through the museum it takes your through the history of Airborne down through the decades. It is a great example to see what kind of equipment was used from WWII on through Korea, Vietnam, and into the Gulf Wars, and beyond. Each display is well lit and gives you a great representation of the type of warfare each decade brought. The insignia is really interesting. There were all kinds of designs of different flags, and badges that in my opinion, are one of the most interesting aspects of military. whether you are into weapons or heavy machinery, or just the human aspect of what these brave men and women do, this museum is sure to have something that interests you. I would say allow about an hour and a half to go through this museum and not feel rushed. I showed up less than an hour from closing, so I wasn't asked for any kind of an entrance fee, but I don't think this museum charges a fee for entrance usually. I definitely say you should check this one out.

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