Military museums cover the region with some focusing on specific conflicts while others talk about the region’s impact on that war. But the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center is set apart from all the others. Located at Fort Benning, home of the Infantry and Ranger School, Columbus, Georgia is the ideal setting for such a space.
In fact, many graduations are held here. Be sure to give yourself at least a few hours to spend at the Smithsonian-quality museum, even though you could easily spend an entire day here. Guides provide great information on the infantry roles in wars throughout the years. Perhaps the most impressive is that the museum is run entirely on donations.
Start your journey in the section called “The Last 100 Yards,” named for the infantry’s place on the battlefield. This section features eight significant battles and the figures in the display are modeled after real soldiers. The tanks, helicopters, and other pieces of machinery are also real, some taken from the battlefield.
It includes the battles of Yorktown in the Revolutionary War, Antietam in Civil War, Soissons in World War I, Normandy in World War II, Corregidor in the World War II Pacific campaign, Soam-Ni in Korea, LZ X-Ray in Vietnam, and Iraq in the Persian Gulf War.
Another section shows the future, which focuses on soldier training, especially infantry training, at Fort Benning. Others honor the winners of the medal of valor and exhibits focus specifically on the Cold War, the World Wars, and modern conflicts.
You can also watch a movie in the museum’s theater, which place large-scale and 3D productions. The Fife & Drum Restaurant is another feature of the museum, serving hearty sandwiches.
If You Go
National Infantry Museum And Soldier Center is located at 1775 Legacy Way, Columbus, Georgia 31903. Parking is free. Admission is a $5 suggested donation. They’re open Tuesday to Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm.