Nearly 20 years from dream to reality, the U.S. Army Airborne and Special Operations Museum has become a place to honor and preserve the legendary feats of the airborne and special operations troops who have contributed so much to defend our nation’s interests. From the early days of the Parachute Test Platoon to the ongoing War on Terrorism, the Airborne & Special Operations Museum recounts the actions of heroic soldiers.
The doors opened on 16 August 2000, the 60th anniversary of the original Test Platoon’s first parachute jump. The museum offers free admission, the main exhibit gallery, temporary gallery, four-story-tall theater, and a motion simulator ride.
The main gallery is designed as a self-guided tour, in chronological order, through the history of airborne and special operations soldiers from 1940 to the present. The temporary gallery changes periodically and displays a myriad of exhibits pertaining to the United States Army airborne and special operations units through their history and conflicts from World War II to the present.
The Airborne & Special Operations Museum is owned and operated by the United States Army and is part of the United States Army Museum system.
The Airborne & Special Operations Museum Foundation supports the museum with marketing, advertising and financial support for its programs and exhibits. (Airborne & Special Operations Museum Foundation)