This post was most recently updated on June 10th, 2019

America has a rich and fascinating military history. And whether you’re interested in learning more about the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, or the Marines, there are plenty of amazing museums throughout the country for the whole family to explore.

We’ve rounded up some of the greatest military museums across the country that are perfect for the next time you snag a deal on last minute flights. From the Revolutionary War to more recent military actions, you can learn all about them at these amazing spots — and pay tribute to the brave men and women who gave their lives for our country.

National WWI Museum and Memorial – Missouri

Liberty Memorial Missouri

Located in Kansas City, this military museum was designated as the nation’s official World War I museum back in 2014, and it’s easy to see why. It’s the second-oldest WWI museum in the entire world, and has its own rich history that’s worth exploring. You can check out the gorgeous memorial that honors the fallen soldiers of the war, then learn about the specific battles that occurred during that time. There are tons of artifacts to learn from, and the museum often plays host to fun civic activities throughout the year on its 47-acre grounds. Be sure to check out the Liberty Memorial Tower, which stands a whopping 217 feet, and gives you a stunning view over all of Kansas City.

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National Infantry Museum & Soldier Center – Georgia

For an intense look at the lives and experiences of American infantry soldiers, the National Infantry Museum & Soldier Center ranks as a must-see spot. This immersive experience lets you feel firsthand just what it’s like to be on the front lines of a major battle, with the aid of combat simulators and dramatic portrayals. There are even rifle range simulators for braver tourists, and thanks to the abundance of cheap flights, hopping down for a weekend excursion is easier than ever!

National Naval Aviation Museum – Florida

Naval Museum

For those with a fascination with flight, this is the military museum to visit! Located in gorgeous Pensacola, Florida, the National Naval Aviation Museum offers visitors over 4,000 distinct artifacts and more than 150 unique aircraft that show how the Coast Guard Aviation, Navy, and Marine Corps all take to the air. You and your family can sit through an immersive IMAX movie, or even try your hands at a flight simulator to see how you’d do when soaring through the sky. When you start to feel peckish, stop by the Cubi Bar Cafe for an authentic dining experience that you won’t soon forget.

National Museum of the Pacific War – Texas

 

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Hop on one of the many available last minute flights and take a trip to Fredericksburg, where you’ll learn all about the fallen heroes of World War II. This museum is the hometown of the great Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, and has three major sites that will let you explore for hours, including the Pacific Combat Zone, the Admiral Nimitz Museum, and the George H.W. Bush Gallery. It offers tons to do, from guided tours that explain all the various artifacts and documents on display, to multimedia presentations that give you in-depth information about this intense conflict. You can even see weapons that were used during battles. End your tour with some meditative time at the Japanese Garden of Peace, which was donated by the Japanese government in honor of the town’s 130th anniversary.

The Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center – Pennsylvania

Gettysburg Battlefield monuments

If you want to truly get a sense of history, Gettysburg is the place to be. You can stroll through the battlefield in this Pennsylvania town and learn about the bloody struggle that ensued there. The museum has 12 different galleries covering the American Civil War, including original artifacts from the fighting and detailed videos that provide vast amounts of information on the three-day battle. You can even take a shuttle bus to one of the original Union field hospitals, where medical experts provide information and lectures on what it was like during that bloody time in American history. There are also tons of different reenactments around the museum that bring the Civil War to life in ways you never imagined.

Do you know of any other military museums that are must-sees? Tell us about them in the comments!

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