U.S. Army Ordnance Training and Heritage Center
The U.S. Army Ordnance Training and Heritage Center (Formerly known as the U.S. Army Ordnance Museum) is a museum that is in the process of being re-located to Fort Lee, outside Petersburg, Virginia. Its previous incarnation was the United States Army Ordnance Museum at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Aberdeen, Maryland which closed in September 2010.
The mission of the U.S. Army Ordnance Training and Heritage Center is to acquire, preserve, and exhibit historically significant equipment, armaments and materiel that relates to the history of the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps and to document and present the evolution and development of U.S. military ordnance material dating from the American Colonial Period to present day.
Established in 1919 and officially opened to the public in 1924, to exhibit captured enemy equipment and materiel, the Museum was located in Building 314 of the Aberdeen Proving Ground and operated by the U.S. Army until 1967. Co-location with APG provided convenient access to the equipment being delivered to APG for testing after World War I. In 1965 local citizens formed the tax-free Ordnance Museum Foundation, Inc. to establish and operate a museum of these military artifacts. The Foundation is not affiliated with the U.S. Army, nor the Department of Defense. The Foundation began operation of the Museum in the early 1970s, upon opening in Building 2601 on the Aberdeen Proving Ground (until its closing in September 2010) and operates the Ordnance Museum until this day.
In 2005, the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) law was passed by Congress. One of BRAC's requirements was the relocation of the U.S. Army Ordnance Center and School headquarters, the Ordnance Mechanical Maintenance School, and the Ordnance Museum to Fort Lee by the end 2011. The transfer of artifacts from Aberdeen to Fort Lee began in August 2009.
Hours and entry requirements
As of September 2015, the museum is completely closed to all non-military visitors, but the remaining outdoor displays are open to members of the military with ID.
The only remaining exhibits at the Aberdeen Proving Ground are the following:
Exterior exhibits at Fort Lee:
- Krupp K5 "Anzio Annie" railway gun
- M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle
- 12-inch gun M1895 on railcar
- Pershing 1 Field Artillery Missile System
- 1939 Armored Recovery Vehicle
- T-12 Cloudmaker demolition bomb
- Kubinka Tank Museum - Russian Tank Museum
- Musée des Blindés - French Tank Museum
- The Tank Museum - United Kingdom Tank Museum
- Deutsches Panzermuseum - German Tank Museum
- "Ordnance tanks, artillery arrive at Fort Lee". Fort Lee Public Affairs Office. August 5, 2009. Retrieved November 23, 2011.
- "US Army Ordnance Museum at Aberdeen Proving Ground Photos". William Maloney. September 2010. Retrieved November 23, 2011.
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- Official website
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- article about the transfer to Fort Lee
External photographic catalogs / galleries
- US APG OM at peachmountain.com
- US APG OM German tanks at axishistory.com
- Ordnance Collection at Aberdeen Proving Grounds
- US Army Ordnance Museum Photos of Tanks, Armored Vehicles, Artillery, and other weapons at the US Army Ordnance Museum at Aberdeen Proving Grounds