3. Grout Museum District: Bluedorn Science Imaginarium
503 South St, Waterloo, IA 50701, USA
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The mission of the Grout Museum District is to provide a better understanding of our world by collecting, preserving and interpreting history and illustrating scientific principles. The Grout Museum collects, preserves and interprets cultural and natural history of the region; the Rensselaer Russell House Museum and the Snowden House preserve and interpret elements of the Victorian age; the Bluedorn Science Imaginarium provides exhibitions and programming that inspire the study of the sciences. And the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum honors the service and sacrifice of Iowa veterans from the Civil War to present.
The American Precision Museum combines the atmosphere of an original 19th century factory building with a world-class collection of historic machines. The 1846 armory building, the “Shaping America” exhibition and accompanying programs explore industrial history in the context of innovation, creative problem solving, and the impact of precision manufacturing on American history and culture. The museum is a National Historic Landmark and an International Mechanical Engineering Heritage Site and Collection.
The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation offers a meaningful and engaging experience that recognizes the sacrifices, courage and valor of Vietnam veterans and that encourages and fosters a thorough understanding of the Vietnam Era including the political, historical, social, cultural and military aspects that affected the United States, and especially New Jersey.
Following the showing of an introductory video, you are free to conduct a self-guided tour and learn about Marshall’s fifty-year career as a public servant. Learn about Marshall’s childhood in Uniontown, Pa., his time at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va. and his Army service under General John J. Pershing during World War I. The Organizer of Victory exhibit in the west wing focuses on General Marshall’s leadership, including his many innovations and contributions to winning World War II. While there, sit in our 1943 Jeep Willy! The Soldier of Peace exhibit in the east wing features Marshall’s leadership after World War II. The Nobel Peace Prize he received in 1953 for his contributions to restoring the European economy through the Marshall Plan is on display. Also, don’t miss our Academy Award for the movie Patton, and find out why we have it.
The American Civil War Museum tells the stories of our nation’s bloodiest conflict through the perspectives of those who lived through it: North and South, soldiers and civilians, men, woman and children, black and white, enslaved and free.
With a reputation as a center of excellence for the restoration and maintenance of World War II era aircraft, the Museum honors our nation’s veterans and their families while educating the public about the experiences of past generations that flew in combat. As one of the world’s few organizations actively restoring WWII era aircraft, the Champaign Aviation Museum offers its visitors a rare, hands-on opportunity to experience and learn about the history, personal stories, aircraft, and artifacts of the era, and to engage with volunteers as they work to rebuild an airworthy WWII B-17 bomber named “The Champaign Lady.” Visitors can see five additional WWII era aircraft at the Museum, as well as automobiles and many historic artifacts. The Champaign Aviation Museum is located on-site at the Grimes Field civilian airport and offers a full-service Airport Cafe restaurant for its visitors to enjoy.
Evansville Wartime Museum is the place to visit for the surprising, interesting and world-changing story of one region’s involvement in winning WWII. The stories we tell come from home front workers and battlefront warriors — the people who were there. Evansville was a center of WWII production, from making P-47 fighter planes and LSTs to billions of bullets. These and hundreds of other products helped the Allies fight the war on land, on sea and in the air. Beyond wartime goods, men and women of the armed forces from this region shipped out to the world’s far-flung battle fronts. We share their stories, including a paratrooper’s D-Day landing, a pilot’s flights over the Hump, an infantryman’s march to retake Luzon and a wartime love story of a couple who met in Washington D.C., married and settled in Evansville. We are open, and we suggest checking our website for current day and hours of operation.
14. Muskogee War Memorial Park: Home of the USS Batfish
3500 Batfish Rd, Muskogee, OK 74403, USA
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The Muskogee War Memorial – Home of the USS Batfish – is one of Muskogee’s most unique attractions. The park contains an actual World War II submarine, the Batfish, responsible for sinking three enemy submarines and eleven other enemy vessels during World War II. As a result of this record, the Batfish and her crew were highly decorated with nine Battle Stars, one Navy Cross, four Silver Stars, ten Bronze Stars, and a Presidential Unit Citation.
With a mission to preserve Oklahoma’s aerospace history and to inspire science-based learning through discovery, the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium (TASM) has carved out a unique niche in the Oklahoma museum community. TASM has been exposing visitors to real-world applications of STEM for over 15 years.
The Frontier Times Museum embraces the early days when museums were cabinets of curiosities displaying an eclectic blend of artifacts and treasures from all over the world. Nature’s oddities are displayed along with antiquities and pioneer relics that tell the story of life on the Texas frontier. Among the many displays are exhibits on the cowboys and rodeo stars that help make Bandera, Texas the Cowboy Capital of the World. The museum also houses a western art gallery and the Texas Heroes Hall of Honor that pays tribute to the legendary Texans that make Texas great. A true Texas roadside attraction, the Frontier Times. Museum has something for everyone.
The Houston Maritime Education Center and Museum was founded in 2000 by former WWII merchant mariner and marine architect James Manzolillo. The museum began with his personal collection of maritime treasures amassed from decades at sea. Since opening its doors, HMM has continuously expanded its collection and exhibits to tell stories of not only Houston’s important maritime history, but also the world’s fascination with the water.
The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula is Missoula County’s history museum. We offer visitors a place to wonder, to reminisce, to learn about our county’s history, and how our community’s past makes Missoula and the nation what it is today.
22550 Van Buren Boulevard, March Air Reserve Base, CA 92518, USA
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The March Field Air Museum is dedicated to promoting an understanding of humanity’s reach for the skies and March Field’s pivotal role in the development of flight. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and rated the #1 Attraction in Riverside by TripAdvisor, the museum is located alongside Interstate Highway 215 at Van Buren Boulevard, just south of downtown Riverside and adjacent to March Air Reserve Base. Over 80 aircraft are on display, ranging from a replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer (which launched powered flight worldwide), to the world’s fastest manned air-breathing aircraft (the SR-71 Blackbird) and a modern-day MQ-1 Predator (remotely piloted aircraft), to early examples of military aircraft, to some of America’s most iconic military planes including World War II bombers.