Army Museum Seeking Funding: Amazing Collection of Army Artifacts, Soldiers Art, Weaponry

In 2010, a $24 million facility was built at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia to house the U.S. Army’s collection of artifacts. A museum open to the public is scheduled for a 2018 opening, or when, and if, fundraising is completed. At this time, $76 million of the $175 million needed has been raised. The facility is kept in complete darkness; hallways light as a person walks by, going back to blackness as the person steps along. The weapons collection is “collapsible,” as you can see in .gif below. To donate or learn more, visit the National Museum, United States Army here.

Army Museum Artist's Rendering

Army Museum Artist’s Rendering

● Donations can be made through the tax deductible “soldier’s brick” campaign lining the Path of Remembrance or full-sized and miniature replicas, custom-made and placed in a display (not tax deductible) can also be a way to donate.

● View Corporate and grassroots opportunities and programs here.

See details of the Registry of the American Soldier here.

FexEx is sponsoring the Aviation Exhibit Beetle Bailey is promoting the Army Brick program.

● Read about 2nd Lt. Carter Harman’s rescue operation in 1944 using the U.S. Army’s first helicopter, the Sikorsky R-4.

The Museum’s store can be found here.

Army Museum Art

Army Museum Art

Army Museum Soldier's Art: The 2000 Yard Stare, Tom Lea

Army Museum Soldier’s Art: The 2000 Yard Stare, Tom Lea

The artist of the above “2000 Yard Stare was Tom Lea, a Texan. He is known for his murals of the 1930 characterizing the Southwest on buildings throughout that region.

Tom Lea

Tom Lea

As an eye-witness artist correspondent for Life Magazine during World War II, Tom Lea traveled over 100,000 miles to record U.S. and Allied soldiers, sailors and airmen and their machines waging war worldwide. He wrote and illustrated bestselling novels—The Brave Bulls and The Wonderful Country—that were adapted into Hollywood movies, and a dozen other books about subjects as diverse as mountaineering in Wyoming, horse training in 16th century New Spain, and the history of the mammoth King Ranch. His paintings depict remote and exotic places from Ecuador to China, but primarily capture subjects found near his home on the border between Mexico and Texas. Source: The Tom Lea Institute

Google Images has an extensive representation of Lea’s wide range of works.

Army Museum Soldier's Art: Let's Give Him Enough and on Time

Army Museum Soldier’s Art: Let’s Give Him Enough and on Time

Army Museum Art Storage

Army Museum Art Storage

Army Museum Art Storage Grids

Army Museum Art Storage Grids

Army Museum Weapons Storage

Army Museum Weapons Storage

Army Museum Historic Weapons Collection

Army Museum Historic Weapons Collection

Army Museum Art Storage Grids

Army Museum Art Storage Grids

Army Museum "Famous General's" Uniform

Army Museum “Famous General’s” Uniform

Army Museum Support Center

Army Museum Support Center

Two sources for the above: Buzzfeed and The Washington Post. Thanks to super friend Tho-MAS who is recovering from very painful shoulder surgery.

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  • ndb

    What good is it cataloged in a warehouse where it will never see the light of day. Guessing nobody watched Raiders of the Lost Ark all the way to the end.

    • The facility was built to preserve it under the best possible conditions and will be used to continue to store what isn’t continually kept in the museum.