Washington National Guard Museum

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Washington National Guard Museum
Washington National Guard Museum is located in Washington (state)
Washington National Guard Museum
The present museum building in Washington state
Established 1989[1]
Location Building #2 (The Arsenal)
Camp Murray, Washington
Coordinates 47°06′54″N 122°33′53″W / 47.1150°N 122.5647°W / 47.1150; -122.5647Coordinates: 47°06′54″N 122°33′53″W / 47.1150°N 122.5647°W / 47.1150; -122.5647
Type Military museum
Website washingtonguard.org/museum/

The Washington National Guard Museum, also known as The Arsenal Museum, is a military museum of the Washington National Guard. It is located at the Washington National Guard headquarters at Camp Murray visible from Interstate 5 near Lakewood, Washington.

The museum is run by Washington National Guard State Historical Society volunteers.

Collection[edit]

The collection includes (inside) military artifacts and memorabilia including National Guard weapons, uniforms and diaries dating back to World War I; and outside, static displays including an M47 Patton tank, F-101 Voodoo jet fighter,[2] and AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter.[3][4]

The Arsenal[edit]

The Arsenal, 1921. Tacoma Public Library Boland Collection

The building housing the museum, The Arsenal, was built in 1915–1916.[4][5] It predates the nearby Lewis Army Museum, just as the National Guard's Camp Murray is a generation older than the adjacent and larger Fort Lewis (now Joint Base Lewis-McChord).[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ R. Cody Phillips (September 1, 1992), A Guide to U.S. Army Museums, Center of Military History, US Army, p. 111 
  2. ^ F-101 Voodoo/58-0330, Warbird Registry, retrieved 2013-05-06 
  3. ^ Melissa Renahan (April 6, 2010), "What's inside Camp Murray?", The Fort Lewis Ranger (Northwest Military) 
  4. ^ a b Washington National Guard Museum brochure 
  5. ^ ""Arsenal" at Camp Murray", Image archives—Boland collection (Tacoma Public Library), Object 36406 
  6. ^ Steve Dunkelberger (October 8, 2011), "National Guard Site Predates Washington State", Lakewood-JBLM history, retrieved 2013-05-06 

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