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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Spend the Day at the Pennsylvania National Guard Military Museum

Tank at the Pennsylvania National Guard Military Museum
The Pennsylvania National Guard Military Museum located at Fort Indiantown Gap is the perfect place to visit if you're a military buff and enjoy Pennsylvania military history. The museum is open on Monday's and Friday's from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM, and is FREE to visit., donations accepted.

GPS Directions:

PA National Guard Military Museum
Bldg. T-8-57
Fort Indiantown Gap
Annville, PA 17003-5003
Pennsylvania National Guard Military Museum at Fort Indiantown Gap

Patton Tank at the Pennsylvania National Guard Military Museum at Fort Indiantown Gap

The museum is located inside an old barracks building that was built in 1941 and comprises two floors, with the first floor being handicap accessible. You'll want to dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. You'll be spending some of your time inside the building and then outside walking around the grounds. We recommend setting aside 1 1/2 to 2 hours, if you plan on doing both.

Once inside you'll be able to view exhibits, photographs, documents, weapons, uniforms, and items from the Civil War to the Gulf War, as well as items from Fort Indiantown Gap and the Pennsylvania National Guard. There is a lot of history to learn, so feel free to take notes and/or photographs along the way. You will need to use your camera flash if you plan on taking indoor photographs.
Fallen Warrior Memorial at the Pennsylvania National Guard Military Museum at Fort Indiantown Gap

Fallen Warrior Memorial at the Pennsylvania National Guard Military Museum at Fort Indiantown Gap

After your done with your indoor museum visit you'll want to head outside and walk around the grounds. That's where you'll find retired military tanks, airplanes, monuments and memorials that add to your educational experience. I recommend taking the time to read all of the informational plaques that are located nearby or photograph them to read later. They're jam-packed with historical information!

My wife and I are military and history buffs, so we really enjoyed our visit. We took along our 10 year old granddaughter and 3 1/2 year old grandson. It's important that we teach the youth of today that our freedom is NOT free. They need to be taught proper history and one way of doing that is to take them to museums...like the Pennsylvania National Guard Military Museum.
Pennsylvania National Guard Military Museum at Fort Indiantown Gap

Military War Plane at the Pennsylvania National Guard Military Museum at Fort Indiantown Gap

No visit to Fort Indiantown Gap would be complete without a visit to the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery (sits across the street). If you would like to learn more about the cemetery and to see a few photo's from our visit...you can check out our previous Indiantown Gap National Cemetery post to learn more about it.

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