The Museum and Education Center

The Future Home for America’s Heroes


Experience the Meaning of Valor and the Virtue of Service Above Self

The Museum and Education Center

The Future Home for America’s Heroes


Experience the Meaning of Valor and the Virtue of Service Above Self

The museum will offer an experience that draws personal and emotional connections to Medal of Honor recipients and their stories, while shedding light on the wars in which they fought and the ideals that the Medal of Honor represents. Visitors will come to understand the meaning and price of freedom—and appreciate the virtue of putting service above self.

The National Medal of Honor Museum will also include an education center aimed at character development in our nation’s youth. A critical part of our mission will be to use the stories of our Medal of Honor recipients to inspire young people, and motivate them to be their best selves.

In concert with the Medal of Honor Society, the National Medal of Honor Museum—at the museum itself and virtually—will include a robust educational component aimed at youth character development. Designed by teachers, the Character Development Program will provide students with opportunities to explore the concepts of courage, patriotism, sacrifice, integrity and humility, and how these values can be exemplified in daily life.

The museum complex includes three buildings:

A Grass-topped Land Pavilion

Will house the museum entrance and lobby; a 240-seat auditorium; a museum shop; curatorial and archival space; and administrative offices for the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation and the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation.

The Museum Building

Includes a Hall of Valor that can accommodate public and private events, celebrations and memorials; eight permanent and two special exhibits galleries; conference, meeting and classroom space; and a small café. A two-level pedestrian bridge — the lower level for groups and conferences and the upper level to take visitors to museum exhibits — will span a ravine to connect the pavilion to the museum.

A 140-Seat Chapel

At the tip of the site, overlooking the sea, will be connected to the museum by another two-level pedestrian bridge. It will serve as a place of contemplation and celebration for public as well as personal events.