National Guard Memorial Museum

National Guard Memorial MuseumFour Centuries of the Guard

The National Guard Memorial Museum is the only national museum dedicated to telling the story of the citizen-soldier and the National Guard. Free and open to the public, the museum is an integral part of the National Guard Educational Foundation's (NGEF) community outreach and educational programming.

On your next visit to Washington, D.C., explore the 5,600 square feet of images, artifacts and interactive exhibits that highlight the ordinary men and women who made extraordinary contributions to their communities and their country.

Five core exhibit areas and multiple theatres will immerse you in the Guard from the 17th century to today:

  • Militia Era
  • The National Guard Comes of Age
  • The Citizen Soldier in World War II
  • Cold War Era
  • 9/11 Era Gallery

9/11 Era Gallery

In November 2012 National Guard Memorial Museum unveiled the 9/11 Era Gallery. This permanent exhibit highlights the National Guard’s evolution from a strategic reserve to an operational force since the events of September 11, 2001. The objects on display tell the Guard’s 21st century story, following citizen-soldiers and airmen from the rubble of Ground Zero to the hills of Afghanistan, from the Iraqi desert to the Gulf Coast.

Virtual Tour

The virtual tour follows the nearly 400-year history of the Guard from colonial days to the current efforts at home and abroad. One highlight is the ability to access the 785 names found on the museum's Memorial Wall listing Guardsmen who have been killed battling terrorism since 9/11.


The museum is located the National Guard Memorial in Washington, D.C. The museum and library's location – a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol and the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall – places it at the epicenter of American history. Twenty million visitors come to Washington, D.C. every year to visit museums and historic sites. The National Guard Memorial Museum and library benefit from active visitation from citizens of every state and many foreign nations.