Lewis Army Museum

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LEWIS ARMY MUSEUM IS CLOSED UNTIL APRIL 15 TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19. To protect our staff, volunteers, partners and visitors and minimize the community spread of COVID-19/Coronavirus, the Lewis Army Museum is closed to the public.

In consultation with JBLM Garrison command, the Lewis Army Museum will be closed to until April 15. At that time we will reassess the situation with local leadership. Museum staff are working to create online virtual exhibits and tours in conjunction with JBLM Public Affairs staff.

We will keep you posted as new information becomes available.

Please follow CDC guidelines on keeping yourselves and your families safe.

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While you are here please check out our Virtual Exhibits and Artifact of the Week pages!

The Lewis Army Museum is on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. See below for ways to visit the museum:

Access Requirements

Hello everyone,

The Lewis Army Museum has updated its public access policy. In the past, visiting the museum has required going to the Visitor’s Center on Exit 120 to obtain a visitor’s pass.

Effective immediately, the museum is accessible to the public without a visitor’s pass. To gain access, please follow the instructions as follows:
1. Take Exit 119 off of I-5.
2. Turn right onto Dupont-Steilacoom Rd.
3. Turn right at the gate (first right beyond small commercial area and hotel) and follow the gravel road up to the parking lot.
4. Park in the parking lot and call the museum by cell phone at 253-967-7206.
5. You will be escorted through the gate to the museum on foot.

When your visit has concluded, you will be escorted back to the parking lot.

We are excited to be more accessible to the public in order to share the Fort Lewis story with everyone. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to message us on Facebook, or call the information desk at 253-967-7206.

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Days: Wednesday through Sunday

Hours: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Closed Federal Holidays

Admission: free

The Cannon Shop gift store is now open from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. During the month of July the Cannon Shop will be closed on Wednesdays due to lack of volunteers.

Would you like to make a research request or schedule a tour? Download and fill out one of the documents below and send to:


Research Request Form 2019

Tour or Event Request

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.

Museum brochure and directions to the museum:

2018 Museum Brochure

Museum Handout for Kids!







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