The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) is the premier facility for historical research on U.S. Army history. It is dedicated to "Telling the Army story...one Soldier at a time." The expansive campus includes the Visitor and Education Center, the U.S. Army War College Library, the U.S. Army Military History Institute, and the Army Heritage Trail. Open to the public, key features of the USAHEC include interpretive and interactive exhibits, the research library and archive, and rentable multifunction facilities.
Visitor and Education Center: The Visitor and Education Center is dedicated to educating visitors about the culture and experiences of American soldiers. This area features special exhibits, an interpretive gallery, museum store, cafe, and multipurpose rooms for events, lectures and workshops. The main gallery features the exhibit, "The Soldier Experience," highlighting the history of the U.S. Army from the Spanish-American War to current missions, as well as a changing gallery, currently showcasing World War I. An additional exhibit, Treasures of USAHEC is also currently on display.
Army Heritage Trail: The mile-long outdoor Army Heritage Trailallows visitors to experience history in a new way, through interactive and full-scale military exhibits. Exhibits include a Cobra helicopter, Civil War encampment cabins, WWI trench system and more highlighting the different eras of American military history. The trail is open dawn to dusk everyday; exhibits on the trail are open during normal business hours, weather permitting.
The U.S. Army War College Library, is a component of the USAHEC, and features one library system in two locations.
Ridgway Hall (Military History Institute): Located on the USAHEC campus in Ridgway Hall, Military History Institute library and archives is the Army’s preeminent research facility. The collection located in the Ridgway Hall research facility encompasses over 14 million items, including the largest collection of Civil War photos in the world. Ridgway Hall also feature the Omar N. Bradley Memorial Art Gallery which rotates exhibitions on a yearly basis as well as two other exhibit areas.
The Root Hall Library: Located on the Carlisle Barracks Campus, is the primary research and information source for the U.S. Army's senior educational institution, and plays a key role in the development of military, civilian, and international strategic leaders. The Root Hall collection covers subjects such as military strategy and operations, leadership and management, regional and area studies, international relations, foreign policy, strategic studies, and economics. Please note, the Root Hall Library has different hours of operation from the rest of the USAHEC facility.
USAHEC will be open on the following Federal Holidays: Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Veteran's Day but will be closed for all other Federal holidays.
Groups: Groups ranging from students to seniors, will enjoy the experience at the U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center. This facility allows your group to explore on their own the museum, archive and research area and outdoor military history trail with full-scale exhibits. Facility visits are FREE of charge.
The USAHEC was awarded a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor for 2014 and 2015. This award is based on consistently receiving outstanding feedback from TripAdvisor travelers.