The U.S. Army Women's Museum, now located on Fort Lee, Virginia, is the only museum in
world dedicated to Army women. The Museum honors women's contributions to the Army. From
Bunker Hill to a bunker in Iraq, women have always been there. The museum depicts these
contributions through interactive exhibits and videos throughout the gallery, as well as film
presentations in the museum theater. The museum also has an extensive research and learning
center, and memorial garden.
The U.S. Army Women's Museum serves as an educational institution, providing military history training and instruction to soldiers, veterans and the civilian community. The museum is the custodian and repository of artifacts and archival material pertaining to the service of women across all branches and organizations of the U.S. Army from inception to the present day. The museum collects, preserves, manages, interprets and exhibits these unique artifacts as a means to provide training and educational outreach.
The museum opened on 14 May 1955 at Fort McClellan, Alabama as the Women's Army Corps (WAC) Museum. It was first located in one room of the WAC Headquarters building. Shortly thereafter, it was relocated to a wing of the WAC Training Battalion headquarters building at the WAC Center, Fort McClellan. In 1977 the WAC museum moved to a new building on Fort McClellan that was built entirely by private contributions raised by the WAC Foundation.
On 18 August 1961, the WAC Museum was renamed the Edith Nourse Rogers Museum in honor of the Congresswoman from Massachusetts who introduced bills in 1942 and 1943 which established the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) and later the WAC. The decision was made in 1977 to return to the original title of the Women's Army Corps Museum. This was done to reestablish the connection between the name of the museum and the artifacts it housed.
In 1997, Congress announced that Fort McClellan would close on 30 September 1999. Fort Lee, Virginia was chosen as the new home of the Women's Army Corps Museum. Again there was a name change to the U.S. Army Women's Museum. This name is more reflective of the new museum mission. Fort Lee has significant historical ties to the Women's Army Corps. It was the home of the first regular Army WAC Training Center and School from 1948 to 1954.
The groundbreaking for the current museum was held on April 9, 1999 and construction was completed in October 2000. This was followed by the installation of new exhibits and the dedication of the museum on 11 May 2001. The biennial Army Women's Reunion was held in conjunction with this event.
The museum hosted an event, Homecoming 2010, in which many friends of the museum made the journey to Fort Lee to see how the museum has changed since its opening in 2001.
Today the museum enjoys more than 35,000 visitors a year. Over 10,000 K-12 students and over 5,000 Soldiers participate in their educational programs every year.
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to this museum. I plan to return as soon as I can. If you are planning a visit to the area, please take a little extra time and also visit the Army's Quartermaster Museum next door.
Tue - Fri 10 am - 5 pm
Sat 11 am - 5 pm
Closed on Sundays, Mondays and Federal Holidays
United States Army Women's Museum
2100 A Avenue
Fort Lee, Virginia