Photo courtesy of Michelle da Silva Richmond
Photo courtesy of Michelle da Silva Richmond
Photo courtesy of Michelle da Silva Richmond
Photo courtesy of Michelle da Silva Richmond
Photo courtesy of Armed Forces Military Museum
Photo courtesy of Michelle da Silva Richmond
Photo courtesy of Michelle da Silva Richmond

Armed Forces Military Museum

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Military history is on parade in the beautifully appointed Armed Forces Military Museum. Open since 2008, the museum honors all branches of the service, showcasing 100,000 artifacts and 50 operational vehicles set in 50,000 sq ft of space. Striking dioramas and exhibits pay tribute to wars starting with WWI through the Vietnam War. Expansion plans call for a Desert Storm and "current conflicts" dioramas. Poignant memorabilia - including a WWI trench, WWII Pearl Harbor and South Pacific exhibits and more are enhanced by actual audio broadcasts of important events. A WWII D-day landing in a mock-up of a French village is especially moving. Rides offer an opportunity to climb on board a WWII M8 reconnaissance vehicle or experience simulators to participate in various battle campaigns in WWII or Desert Storm.


Address

2050 34th Way North
St. Petersburg / Clearwater, FL

Expert Tips by Michelle da Silva Richmond

St. Petersburg / Clearwater Local Expert

Museums: "Be on the lookout for interactive activities including those found in exhibits as well as WWII vehicle rides. Admission and ride discounts can be found on the museum's website."

Best for Museums Because: The museum offers a moving tribute to all branches of the service and honors those who sacrificed their lives defending this country.