Join us at the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center to enjoy one of our many events happening in 2015. From living history events to exclusive film premieres at the IMAX Theatre, we’re sure to have something fun for everyone in the family!
April 7-30 | Special Exhibit: Architecture of Murder: The Auschwitz-Birkenau Blueprints
Victims of the Holocaust will be remembered and honored in a new traveling exhibit at the museum. Architecture of Murder: The Auschwitz-Birkenau Blueprints will open Tuesday April 7, 2015, and remain on display at the museum throughout the month, in conjunction with the nation’s Days of Remembrance. The Auschwitz-Birkenau blueprints collection, consisting of 29 documents, shows details for expanding the camp, including the addition of a crematorium and a gas chamber. Some of the documents bear notes in the margins, or signatures by senior Nazis, including Heinrich Himmler.
Guests also are encouraged to visit the museum’s permanent Holocaust installation in the World at War gallery. The exhibit is dedicated to the late Colonel and Judge Aaron Cohn, who helped liberate the Nazi concentration camp at Ebensee, Austria, while serving with General George Patton’s Third Army in May 1945. Both exhibits are open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 9am-5pm and Sundays 11am-5pm.
May 25 | Memorial Day Commemoration
While Memorial Day means the start of summertime and fun, we should take a moment to remember why we observe this special day. The National Infantry Museum will have a full day of events to commemorate the day and honor those who selflessly serve our country.
- A Memorial Day Mini Camp from 9am-1pm for kids 5-11.
- A Paver Dedication Ceremony on Heritage Walk at 10am. The guest speaker is SFC (Ret) Mike Schlitz, a double amputee and burned over 85 percent of his body in IED explosion in 2007. The focus of the commemoration will be on the Global War on Terrorism. A 14-foot steel beam from the collapsed World Trade Center donated to the museum in 2009 will be brought out for visitors to see. It will soon become the centerpiece of a permanent memorial to Soldiers in the Global War on Terrorism at the museum.
- Flag retirement ceremony at 12:30pm.
- World War II Company Street will also be open for self-guided tours throughout the day.
June – July | Summer Camp Benning
Kids ages 6-15 can choose from a variety of day camps throughout the summer that best fit their interest in U.S. military history. Each camp session is designed to promote teamwork and instill the distinct qualities of the Army Values. From learning about major conflicts in American history to discovering local terrain at Oxbow Meadows, every camper will develop a deeper understanding of the American way of life and what it takes to protect our freedoms. Campers also get the opportunity to participate in reenactment scenarios, community service, and engage with Veterans about their experiences in the military. And of course, chow is provided daily based on the rations given to Soldiers at the time period campers are studying. Hardtack or MRE, anyone? There are five week-long day camp sessions in Summer 2015. Click here to learn more.