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Mississippi Armed Forces Museum
Established 1984
Location Camp Shelby
Coordinates 31°11′54″N 89°13′25″W / 31.19831°N 89.22372°W / 31.19831; -89.22372
Visitors 50,000 per year[1]
Director Chad Daniels (2014)[2]
Curator Gary Johnson (2014)[2]
Website www.armedforcesmuseum

The Mississippi Armed Forces Museum is located at Camp Shelby, approximately 12 miles (19 km) south of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The Armed Forces Museum serves as the military history museum for the State of Mississippi. It is a member of the Army Museum System.[3]

Museum objective

The purpose of the museum is to honor the service and sacrifices of Mississippi veterans from all military branches.[4]

Museum description

Two military veterans started the museum in 1984 with their personal collection of war artifacts.[5] At that time, the museum was housed in a small room of a warehouse at Camp Shelby.

In 2001, the present 23,000 sq ft (2,100 m2) facility was completed. The museum contains 16,000 sq ft (1,500 m2) of exhibits, 17,000 artifacts, 4,500 volumes of military history, and 2,000 historical documents.

Museum exhibits

Within the museum building are eight galleries for viewing exhibits: late 19th century conflicts, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Desert Storm, Global War on Terrorism, and Medal of Honor. Military weapons, equipment, clothing, and medals are on display.

Outdoor exhibits include aircraft, tanks, field artillery, and memorials.


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