2017 – Fort Lee Celebrates 100 years!
The Nation’s Fourth Largest Army Museum
Shortly before the beginning of operation Desert Storm in 1991, a television reporter asked a retired Army general to speculate on the tactics that would be used to drive Saddam Hussein’s forces from Kuwait. The general responded, “Amateurs focus on tactics, but professionals focus on logistics.”
Logistics, the art and science of moving tons of food, fuel, clothing and ammunitions to troops thousands of miles from home, has been the genius of the U.S. Army throughout its history. And this fascinating story is told only at Fort Lee’s U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum.
Since its birth during the Revolutionary War in 1775, the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps has fed, clothed and equipped the U.S. Army. The Museum’s 11 exhibit galleries tell the stories of how the Quartermasters have provided logistical support from Valley Forge and Little Big Horn to Vietnam and the present day.
Some of the Museum’s significant artifacts include the nation’s first 50 star flag, General George Patton’s World War II jeep, General Grant’s Civil War saddle and General Eisenhower’s World War II field quarters. Others include uniforms, flags, weapons, horse equipment; food preparation, mortuary affairs, water, petroleum and air delivery equipment. The Museum’s 26,000 artifacts make it the fourth largest Army museum in the country.
Admission is free. Gift shop on-site.
(Visitors must use the Sisisky Gate on Route 36 (picture ID, vehicle registration/ insurance required).