At the National Infantry Museum, your journey through time begins with an emotional march into the past.
Since its formation in 1775, it has been said that the United States Army Infantry has
owned the last 100 yards of the battlefield. The Infantry’s brothers-in-arms also support the mission but it is the Infantryman’s job to face the enemy bayonet to bayonet.
The museum’s signature exhibit is The Last 100 Yards. A gently sloped ramp contains life-sized dioramas depicting significant battles in the Infantry’s history, including Yorktown, Antietam, Soissons, Normandy, Corregidor, Soam-Ni, LZ X-Ray, and Iraq.
Cross Burnside Bridge where Confederates held off Union Soldiers much longer than expected in the Battle of Antietam. Look straight up to see a rare WWII troop glider made of fabric-covered wood and metal. Witness the landing on D-Day and Rangers scaling Pointe du Hoc. A Vietnam era Huey helicopter sets the scene for the first big battle of the war. A Bradley Fighting Vehicle damaged by a roadside bomb in Iraq leans precariously over the side of the ramp.
The figures you will see in each of these scenes are not mannequins; they are cast sculptures of Active Duty Soldiers who auditioned for the opportunity to represent their predecessors.
A stirring musical score and dramatic lighting that takes the visitor from night to day complete the Last 100 Yards experience. This unique exhibit helped win the museum a THEA, the coveted Themed Entertainment Industry Award for Excellence.