United States Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC)

United States Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), Carlisle

United States Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC)

United States Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC)
4.5
Military Museums • Libraries • History Museums
10:00 - 17:00
Monday
10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:00
Thursday
10:00 - 17:00
Friday
10:00 - 17:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00
Sunday
12:00 - 17:00
About
Premier facility for historical research on U.S. Army history & is dedicated to telling the Army story...one Soldier at a time. Open to the public, key features of the USAHEC include interpretive & interactive exhibits, the research library & archive, & multifunction facilities. Visit the USAHEC special exhibits, "Soldier Experience" interpretive gallery, art gallery, museum store, Army Heritage Trail (AHT), or attend an event, lecture, or workshop. The mile-long outdoor AHT allows visitors to experience history in a new way, through interactive and full-scale military exhibits. The U.S. Army War College Library is a component of the USAHEC and features one library system in 2 locations. In Ridgway Hall, the library & archives collection encompasses over 14 million historical items. The Root Hall collection covers subjects such as military strategy & operations, leadership & management, international relations, foreign policy, strategic studies, & economics.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Cassandra M
Baltimore195 contributions
A great history lesson
Aug 2021
I have no great love of military history, but I do have a love of history in general. My partner also is an army veteran of Vietnam. Luckily, we had two days to see this museum. It rained the first day; so we saw the wonderfully curated indoor displays. There were lots of interactive displays and short videos. The next day, we did the walk around the outside exhibits. This is an outstanding museum that I would not have found if not looking for day trips close to home.
Written 29 August 2021
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TAMAN1951
Liberty Lake, WA5,575 contributions
Fantastic exhibition
Aug 2021 • Couples
Stopped on a whim and so glad we did.

This is a first class military exhibit.

Museum is great and covers all conflicts since Spanish American war.

Outside is very cool as well will all sorts of hardware on display.
Written 28 August 2021
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Deborah T
Maryland233 contributions
Interesting and informative!
Aug 2021
The grandkids (15,12, and 1) joined us this trip. They really liked the using the "dog-tags" to learn about their soldier. It's fascinating to watch the technological advances through each war. Immersive exhibits like the Marksmanship and Parachute were "cool". The museum does require masks (as do all Federal Buildings at this time). They have a great little cafe as well. Outside you can walk through a bunch of areas dedicated to specific periods. The kids tried the obstacle course. We spent about 2.5 hours there and if we hadn't needed to be somewhere else we would have been there longer.
Written 24 August 2021
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DougSXYZ
Annandale, VA354 contributions
somber and impressive
Aug 2021
Beyond the good exhibits of materiel and films about campaigns, this place makes a serious effort to show how combat looked and felt to those in it, for the benefit of those who never were in it. Huge collection of used books for sale, plus even bigger sales from time to time -- about three times a year, I think. Friendly, helpful, knowledgeable staff. Worth more than one visit.
Written 22 August 2021
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Bob L
Hanover, PA333 contributions
Great Military exhibits!
Nov 2020 • Family
Wanted to go to this place for awhile now and finally had some time on a Saturday to drive up to Carlisle PA. It was a nice day for a drive and only took about 50min. from Hanover to get there. The complex is huge with 2 large main buildings and a mile long outside area where the buildings and military vehicles are kept. Even with the masks restrictions, you can still do the interactive exhibits inside, including a parachute jump and a gun target simulator. We enjoyed outside the most, it took us about 1.5 hours to see everything outside spread out over 2 large fields. There is no charge for the center and it really was a great place to visit!
Written 15 November 2020
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Fantajan
Pretoria, South Africa197 contributions
A walk though Army history
Apr 2020 • Family
We visited several times during the COVID pandemic. The museum is closed but the outdoor space is open and is still very much worth visiting. The space is massive so it's a great place to exercise safely. Admission is free. Our seven-year old's favorite part is the recreated trenches. It's a fun place for hide and seek. There are tanks, helicopters, barracks, forts, and much more. It appeals to kids and adults alike. It's interesting to learn more about the people who served our country in wars stretching back to the revolutionary war.
Written 19 July 2020
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scottofhawaii
Honolulu, HI6,965 contributions
Spent some time..
Jun 2020 • Solo
... exploring the grounds of the Heritage Center during my daily walks. I had to go to Carlisle Barracks on business and decided to spend a few extra days there to check out the area. I was staying at the IHG hotel on post so would walk the golf course and the Center grounds for exercise every evening. The inside was closed of course for visitors, but they leave the grounds open to explore and there's a lot to see here. If you like military equipment and displays like tanks and forts and fighting positions, this place seems to have it all. Wish I could have gone inside as a friend who's been here before told me it's like an awesome museum. One thing I like a lot about all the outside displays was the great information panels they had with them. Learned a little about some things that I experienced. Like there were these two signs talking about the Reforger exercises in Germany and the Team Spirit exercises in Korea. When I was young, I have participated in both of those exercises. Kind of made me feel connected to the Army and this place for a moment. I don't usually connect with anything so coming here was good for me.
Written 9 June 2020
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Ridge66
Woodbridge, VA7 contributions
Great Experience
Jan 2020
I've had the opportunity to visit the museum and reflect on the heritage of great American's contributions. I've also attended several lecturers and classes...great place to visit.
Written 4 March 2020
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Easy508th
Roanoke, VA48 contributions
HISTORY COMES ALIVE
Feb 2020
The Army Heritage and Education Center is a must see for everyone. From the historian to the average citizen, the center offers one a real view of what it must have been like to be a soldier in all ot the wars this nation has fought in. One gets a close up view of the trench warefare of WW I and also the conditions the US Soldier had to endure. The walk down to the WW II tar paper barracks and see how the WW II soldier lived. See the WW II Motor Pool, the Sherman Tank, the Hellcat Tank Destroyer and then head over to see what the Korean War was about, and Vietnam and right on up until today.
It truly is a must see!
Written 12 February 2020
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johngA9767UJ
Elliottsburg, United States23 contributions
Something for age in all seasons.
Dec 2019
Inside or out, rain or shine, hot or cold.. this is a great place to go. Wonderful museum, great hiking trail, past planes, forts, tanks etc. Kids love it. Adults learn a LOT of history!
Written 15 January 2020
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