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The Miami Valley Military History Museum

The Miami Valley Military History Museum is co-located with the American Veterans Heritage Center in Building 120, the historic Putnam Library, in the Historic District of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio. Please note that although they are located on federal property, they receive NO funding from the Veterans Administration - they operate entirely "out of their own pockets" and with the help of unpaid volunteers.

The museum's displays begin with the Revolutionary War, and include the history of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers (commonly called the "Soldiers Home" which is now the Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center), and continue through the Spanish-American War, both World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, the Cold War, Operations DESERT STORM, ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM and Military Operations Other Than War (MOOTW) such as Grenada and Panama. All ranks and branches of the service are represented - you'll have the opportunity to see artifacts belonging to privates and generals alike, as well as relics from the opposing side in each conflict. For those interested in World War II, one of their prized artifacts on display is an actual piece of the battleship USS Arizona, generously donated by the United States Navy. Do you know how heavy a flak jacket and Kevlar helmet is? They've got them waiting for you to try on! The next time you're in Dayton, stop by and join them in remembering those who have served in defense of liberty - a place where our veterans are welcomed and honored!

They are also an official Commemorative Partner of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration marking the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, the United States World War One Centennial and the Imperial War Museum's World War I Centenary.

Visitors with special needs: Wheelchairs are permitted; a ramp is located at the rear of the building. They also have a conventional wheelchair available for your use.

LocationMailing AddressHours of OperationPhone Number

Copyright The American Veterans Heritage Center

Building 120
4100 W. Third St.
Dayton, OH 45428
P.O. Box 1366
Fairborn, OH 45324
Monday through Friday
9AM to 3PM
or by appointment
Office: (937) 267-7628