Through historic artifacts and documents, video, recreated trenches and jungles, and an outdoor vehicle park, our permanent exhibits highlight Mississippi's role in the Unites States Armed Forces, while also sharing a comprehensive history of American military history with visitors. Our galleries include 19th Century, First World War, Second World War, Korean War, Vietnam War, Global War on Terrorism, and a Hall of Honor that honors notable Mississippi veterans and Mississippi's 28 Medal of Honor recipients. Outdoor exhibits on the grounds of the Museum include memorials and a vehicle park with aircraft, tanks, and field artillery.
In 2016, the Museum's previous center courtyard was enclosed creating the Armed Forces Benefits Association (AFBA) 5-Star Life Grand Gallery. The Museum’s new addition provides a space for rotating exhibits and large-scale traveling exhibits. Stay tuned for updates about future temporary exhibits!
In the 1980s, the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum began collecting artifacts and documents relating to Mississippians and their role in American military history.
Today the Museum’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, exhibit, and hold in public trust significant historical property related to the history of the State of Mississippi and its contributions to the Armed Forces of the United States from the early 19th Century to the present.
The Museum’s collection currently comprises over 17,000 artifacts, 5,000 volumes of military history, and 40,000 linear feet of archival materials. To ensure the stories of Mississippians at war are not lost for future generations, the Museum continues to seek additions to its collection.
Over 500 digital materials from the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum are featured on the Mississippi Digital Library, a free online resource for collections relating to Mississippi history from institutions across the state. These materials from the Museum's archival collection can be viewed here.
For research and rights & reproduction requests, please contact the museum's archivist, Dusty Mercier, at (601) 558-2358 or firstname.lastname@example.org.