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Mission Statement

It is the mission of the American Military Museum to educate the general public and foster an appreciation of the American Militaryà ¢à  à  s contribution in defending and preserving our constitutional government and the American way of life. (a) to present an interpretive, entertaining, and educational display of the role and service of the men and women of our Armed Forces in peace and war to the general public; (b) to research, collect, preserve and display related artifacts; (c) to provide accurate information to the general public regarding the museum collection and related military history through, but not limited to, a website, study collection, and research library, in addition to the formal museum displays; (d) to present and sponsor related special events, seminars and other educational events to schools, community groups, and to the general public; and (e) to engage in other activities related to educating the general public about our military heritage and service.


The American Military Museum in Charleston, S.C., offers a one-of-a-kind experience in military history for travelers and residents. Located in Aquarium Wharf adjacent to the debarkation point for tours to historic Fort Sumter, the Museum is filled with authentic artifacts from 14 American conflicts from the Revolutionary War through the recent war in Iraq. Visitors marvel at 70 display cases filled with 260 uniforms, 33 flags, medals and hundreds of military artifacts from the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. Among the highlights you'll see when you visit: Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower's original star rank insignia. An 1820 bell crown shako (infantry hat) - - one of only three known to exist. An 1872 Afro-American 9th Cavalry dress blue uniform from the famed Buffalo Soldiers. It is thought to be the only one in the country. A display of Gen. George Patton's deceptive 19th Army patch and 16 phantom Division patches designed to cover the Normandy invasion. Several one-of-a-kind Air Force band uniforms designed by Cecil B. DeMille and rejected by the Air Force. German, female military and other uniforms. You'll also find a memorial chapel, 400 different pieces of military headgear, 600 military miniature and toy soldiers and more.



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