Lewis Army Museum

The museum will re-open August 31, 2017. We look forward to sharing our stories with the public once again.


MUSEUM ALERT: The JBLM Centennial Celebration is Friday August 18! For more information go to: http://www.traveltacoma.com/events/fort-lewis-centennial-celebration/7587/

MUSEUM ALERT: The Lewis Army Museum’s indoor galleries are closed until August 31, 2017 for the creation of an all new exhibit experience.

The redesign will feature new exhibits and full-scale dioramas, as well as immersive and interactive features. Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for information and updates on our progress. Our outdoor exhibits will be be open throughout the renovation.


The exhibits on the first floor of the museum are close to being finished! Artifact installation begins in early July.



Exhibit installation is coming along. Now that the walls and cases are being placed, it becomes easier to image what the final product will look like. Keep in mind most of the large wall areas will be covered with graphics as well.




We have new pendant lamps in the lobby; more new paint colors in the gift shop; abatement finished in the Hall of Valor and a new banner for the front of the museum! The exhibit upgrade is moving along nicely, but we’re very much looking forward to being open to visitors again.



MUSEUM ALERT: New ID requirements for installation access are in effect:

REAL ID ACT. As of May 2016 JBLM began to fully enforce the provisions of the Real ID Act of 2005.   Under provisions of this act, a standard driver’s license or ID card issued by any of the following states is not accepted for unescorted access to JBLM:  Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri and Washington. See the JBLM visitor center website for details: JBLM Directorate of Emergency Services, Visitor Access

Located in the Historic Red Shield Inn building on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), the Lewis Army Museum is the only certified U.S. Army Museum on the West Coast.

Getting on Base to Visit the Museum: Visitors without military credentials will require a base pass in order to visit. Procedures for obtaining a base pass can be found at the following JBLM visitor’s information page: http://www.lewis-mcchord.army.mil/des

Museum brochure and directions to the museum: Museum Brochure & Directions

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