Jacksonville Museum of Military History

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Jacksonville Museum of Military History

Jacksonville Museum of Military History
4.5
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09:00 - 17:00
Monday
09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 17:00
Thursday
09:00 - 17:00
Friday
09:00 - 17:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00
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maradamx3
Houston, TX3 contributions
Curator was very hospitable and engaging. Tons of great information. Extremely friendly and helpful staff. Spoke with the Colonel and listened to fascinating war stories. They have been trying to procure more large artifacts like a tank and a C-130. Please visit and help this museum as much as possible. The cost of admission is ridiculously small, so donate a little extra to assist with their future plans. Thank you.
Written 13 February 2022
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Karla T
40 contributions
Couples
This museum had uniforms and artifacts from several wars. The most interesting part for me was the story of women who worked in the ordnance factory during WWII.
Written 1 December 2021
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Joe M
Little Rock, AR42 contributions
Solo
The artifacts are well taken care of. They have a great exhibit on the Titan 2 disasters. Everything is well taken care of.
Written 11 February 2020
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Adams Fam
13 contributions
I went for the first time today. I took a group of students on a field trip. They really liked it. It had lots of WW2 posters, toys, letters, buttons, pictures, uniforms, jeep etc. It also includes lots of Vietnam and Cold war items but my focus was WW2. I will go again. Inexpensive and worth your time!
Written 20 November 2019
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ElaineAndGreg
Chesterland, OH2,716 contributions
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I was traveling to Little Rock on business and saw a leaflet for this museum at the airport. Jacksonville is just outside of Little Rock and I went to see it with fairly low expectations.

Jacksonville has three important military connections. It is the site of one of the last civil war battles leading up to the capture of Little Rock in 1863, about 3 months after the Union took Vicksburg, Mississippi. It was also the site of a large munitions facility in WWII that basically made the town and employed many women. Lastly, it was near Titan II ICBM facilities that were important during the Cold War.

The Museum itself is surprisingly modern and well presented. Many of the contents were donated and it is staffed entirely by volunteers. The admission is a very reasonable $3, even less for students and some others.

The Museum has fewer than a dozen galleries, but they were very informative. The Civil War piece had an almost comic character to it as neither the north or the south had put their A-Team into the Arkansas battles and infighting among the Confederate commanders ended only when one shot the other in a duel.

There was entire large gallery on the role of women, particularly in WWII at the munitions factories, and another on the home front, rationing, and similar war experiences.

There is a very large room at the back partially dedicated to the Titan 2 missile program during the cold war. Several Titan missile silos were in Arkansas. They have one of the original launch consoles that include the launch key you can actually turn. If you’ve ever seen the movie “War Games” or other cold war films, it should be familiar to you. I turned the key - yipe! Thank God no-one ever had to do so when it was connected.

If you come you’ll want to look at the media and the video (they aren’t very long) on an accident in 1980 when a large part dropped in the silo ruptured the fuel tank of the rocket (keep in mind that these were ICBMs) leading to an explosion that killed one man and ejected the 700-ton lid something like ¾ of a mile. The nuclear warhead on the missile, hundreds of times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima, was also ejected, but fortunately did not detonate itself.

This is a small museum that should take around an hour. I wouldn’t build a trip around it, but if you are in Little Rock and have any interest in military history, it’s actually an interesting site.

For what it’s worth, the civil war site is only about two miles from this location. There is a park there and they have cannons and markers where the Northern and Confederate troops were at the time of the battle. It’s an easy and quick stop if you are here and the small battlefield area gives you an idea that the fighting in Vicksburg and the east consumed many more resources than the ones here.
Written 4 August 2019
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Traveling4452
Little Rock, AR63 contributions
This is a marvelous museum of military artifacts. The building is stuffed with so many things. In spite of being supported by donations only, the lack of funds have not kept this museum from being excellent. The local retired military community volunteers and do an wonderful job. i attend meetings and events here every year. It only cost $2 to tour the museum. Check it out!!
Written 7 May 2019
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Sheryl M
Great Falls, MT1,830 contributions
Couples
We sent them all the newspaper articles for the Titan II explosion I collected when we were stationed there from 1978 to 1981.
They were so impressed with all the information I gathered that we decided to stop in, visit and ask how they were enjoying all the scrapbooks I put together.
They put everything in their archives to protect them and only pull them out when someone is doing research about that disaster.
They let us check out their display to the Titan II Missiles.
They had old uniforms, a console from a missile site, old gear from then and pieces of history you could read about that time in history.
It was all very interesting and my husband had a good time reminiscing about that time in his career.
If you love military history, you will enjoy going through and visiting this marvelous museum.
Written 10 February 2019
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travelagentchristy
Benton, AR550 contributions
Couples
Great museum for miltary history. It covers several wars with the US. Artifacts include guns, vehicles and uniforms. Some exhibits show Arkansas veterans that lost their lives during wartime. Also some local history including the Titan II missile tragedy that killed 53 people in 1965.
Written 25 August 2018
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David T
Shreveport, LA1,423 contributions
For a city of Jacksonville's size, this is a fairly impressive collection. Exhibits cover everything from the Civil War to the Iraq War. Some exhibits are a work in progress. There are outside displays of an F-105, a helicopter and a memorial to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Written 30 July 2018
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Penny F
Gay, GA422 contributions
Couples
We so enjoyed this museum. We have been in many military museums in the United States and I have to say this small museum had several items I hadn't seen before. What a great gem and it would be ashame for you to miss it.
Written 1 June 2018
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