If your summer travels include a trip along I-95, be sure to say, Pull Over and Let Me Out, when you get to Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Why stop here?
Because in the heart of the historic downtown of this charming southern city awaits the Airborne & Special Operations Museum.
The museum offers an incredibly well laid out history of the United States Army’s Airborne and Special Operations. Visitors to this museum are treated to an educational and interactive journey through this important story. It’s well-worth taking a couple of hours to experience this one-of-a-kind museum.
I don’t ordinarily comment about a lobby, but the lobby at this museum blew me away. Open and airy, it extends five stories tall and features two fully-deployed parachutes. The glass walls and large windows allow natural light to fill the expansive entrance.
The information desk in the lobby is a great first stop for gathering information before venturing on. Also located in the lobby is a wall dedicated to the recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor as well as a wall detailing the history of the development of the airborne and special operations units.
The Main Gallery
Outside the museum, guests enjoy spending time in the beautiful gardens as well as the parade field. Visitors may stroll the Reflection Gardens on the Hay Street side of the building. Within the Reflection Gardens is the Sunken Garden highlighted by a fire pit utilized solely for Flag Retirement Ceremonies.
The lush gardens filled with seasonal flowers and towering magnolia trees offer an opportunity for peaceful reflection and are a lovely tribute to those who served.
Not far from the gardens is the Parade Field. The Parade Field is situated at the corner of Walter Street and Bragg Blvd. and features a walk way lined with statuary as well as a Flag Court honoring United Sates of America, State of North Carolina, POW/MIAs, The United Stated Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Each Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day the field is filled with flags.
Gift Shop and Simulator
Historic Downtown Fayetteville
As their website says, “The Airborne & Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville, North Carolina has become a place to honor and preserve the legendary feats of the airborne and special operations troops who have contributed so much to defending our nation’s interests.” It’s also a fantastic, family-friendly field trip. Admission is free, which makes this a wallet-friendly destination as well, but donations to support and preserve this important story are encouraged.
Airborne & Special Operations Museum
100 Bragg Blvd.
Fayetteville, NC 28301
Closed on Federal Holidays, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day, and Easter.
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