Explore the museum's 15,000 square feet of galleries containing a collection of over 600 artifacts and documents our nation's history from the 18th century onward.
The Hall of Presidents includes a signed document by every president from George Washington through our current president. Some of the more interesting items in this area of the Museum include a lock of Washington’s hair, a Senate tally sheet from Andrew Johnson’s impeachment trial, and the order signed by President Eisenhower adding the words “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Hall of Freedom chronicles the major conflicts in which our nation has been involved. In each of the 15 galleries, the conflict is defined with artifacts, maps, photos, and life-size vignettes. Some of the more notable items include a musket used by an American patriot at the Battle of Lexington in 1775, one of Andrew Jackson’s cannons from the Battle of New Orleans, the sword of Confederate General Albert Sydney Johnston, the flag that was surrendered at Galveston when it fell to the federal forces, a 1943 Wyllis jeep, a C-47 fuselage where you can actually board and through technology experience what it was like for those paratroopers on June 6, 1944, an M-29 tank, a bullet-riddled helmet that belonged to an American soldier on Omaha Beach, the flag that once flew over Dachau concentration camp, a Huey helicopter flown by the 48th Assault Helicopter Company in Vietnam, and a large highway sign from Baghdad emblazoned with Saddam Hussein’s portrait.