The Sole Superpower (1989-Present)

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the United States emerged as the world’s sole superpower. Since the late 1980s, American troops have been involved in conflicts around the globe, intervening in regional disputes and toppling dictatorships, all in an effort to foster democracy.

As you enter the gallery, watch the events of the Gulf War unfold on a large screen in the center of the room, while cases around you contain items from Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, and Kosovo. Also, see demonstrations of night vision technology in the exhibit “We Own the Night.”

Sole Superpower Gallery 1The U.S. Army’s mission changed on September 11, 2001. Here, the War on Terror is explained not only through static displays and artifacts, but in the voices of actual soldiers describing their experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq. Learn first-hand what a deployment is like through interactive video presentations.

One of the museum’s newer exhibits features a scene taken straight from the headlines. Life-size cast figures crouch beside a Humvee carrying a TOW missile, just as news photos showed us when Infantry troops attacked Saddam Hussein’s forces in Mosul, Iraq in July 2003. Generations of the powerful TOW missile and stories of its use fill surrounding display cases.