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The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center is located in South Columbus, Georgia, just outside Fort Benning. The museum takes visitors on an immersive, interactive journey as experienced by the infantryman. The museum has tons of artifacts and exhibits on every war fought by the U.S. over the past centuries ? from the American Revolution to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Valued over $30 million museum collection is housed in the 190,000 square feet (18,000 m2) building which costs $107 million to build. The museum features its own 300-seat IMAX Theatre, as well as its own restaurant called the Fife and Drum.

The museum held its grand opening on June 19, 2009. Its signature exhibit is called, ?The Last 100 Yard? which depicts a myriad of scenes from eight defining battles from the 233-year of US infantry. Prior to the museum?s grand opening, two exhibits were held n March 2009 called ?The Officer Candidate School Hall of Honor? and ?The Ranger Hall of Honor.? The museum is under the management of the National Infantry Foundation - a private, nonprofit group established in 1998. The exhibits and artifacts are under the control of the US Army-employed Director of the Infantry Museum.

Among its many exhibits are the ?Fort Benning Gallery? which includes the history of the post, its schools, training and the transformation of men into soldiers, and a firing range simulator; the Holocaust exhibit that shows the infantry?s involvement in liberating these holocaust death camps; the ?Davy Crockett,? which is the nation?s smallest nuclear bomb; and over 1,500 firearms from the 1600s to present are on display including a Bradley Fighting Vehicle trainer simulator which can be found in the Desert Storm section of the museum.

Courage. Sacrifice. Honor. These have been the watchwords of the infantry throughout America?s history. Soldiers? weapons have changed from muzzle-loading muskets to automatic rifles, but from Bunker Hill to Baghdad, whenever the nation has been threatened the infantry has answered the call. The National Infantry Museum is a world class museum built to honor these men and women who have fallen defending the U.S. country.
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