Museum Displays


#1

Does anyone know of any large caliber ammunition museum displays in the U.S. other than the Army museum at Abderdeen?
I recently revisited the Air & Space museum in D.C. and got to see the super
display there that CSAEOD has provided.


#2

I think the home of US Armor is Ft. Knox. I bet there are some ammo displays there, and wherever the Artillery Corps calls home.


#3

I hope their is one in Florida somewere! :-) CSAEOD definitly makes some sweet ordnance displays!

Jason
PS: Welcome SHELSRUS!
PSS: If you are who I think you are, you are one of the best ordnance restorers :-)


#4

That is true, I think Ft. Knox does have a museum and displays a wide range of tank ammo (my fav).


#5

Having “done” the Ft Knox, Patton Museum (4 times), I can attest to their displays being above average, especially the full size cutaways on a few of the tanks. One cut down the middle, length wise, that you walk through. Their gist is tanks. Some ammo, and a few small arms and uniforms and such. I understand they have a newer facility now and will visit, again, on my next trip to the semi-annual shoot at Knob Creek. Yet another place of huge interest to me.


#6

Jason,

There is one very good armament related museum in Florida, specifically the Air Force Armament Museum at Eglin AFB.

http://www.destin-ation.com/airforcearmamentmuseum/

The best museum of ammunition that, unfortunately, “used to be”, was the collection at Picatinny Arsenal. Ammunition, bombs, shells, grenades, mines, and similar ordnance was ALL they had on display. Sadly, it closed a few years ago and I understand some of the collection went to Aberdeen with most of it going into storage at Anniston. I have some pretty good photos taken there about 15 years ago and I’ll try to scan and add them later.

I hear the Artillery Museum at Ft. Sill, OK has a pretty good collection of artillery ammunition although I’m not sure how much of it is on display and how much is in storage. That’s the sad truth of many museums. They often have quite an assortment of ammunition that matches the various cannon and small arms in their collections but often feel there isn’t much interest from the public, so it remains stored away and out of view.

http://sill-www.army.mil/Museum/HOME%20PAGE.htm


#7

[quote=“SHELSRUS”]Does anyone know of any large caliber ammunition museum displays in the U.S. other than the Army museum at Abderdeen?
I recently revisited the Air & Space museum in D.C. and got to see the super
display there that CSAEOD has provided.[/quote]

Thank you for the kind words. My old buddy the late Wayne Markov of Norton Ohio did most of the real work in putting that together. He inerted and preserved all of the many specimens some of which were quite dangerous to do. All of those items are original with the exception of the projectile on the German 30mm. At that time nobody had a projectile. The case was donated by Woodin Lab and the projectile was made from factory drawings by Fletcher Mondloch from California. Within a year of completion a bunch of the 30mms showed up in a lake in Europe. Too late for the display.

You might have noted Wayne’s name on the display as “project director”. He did a lot of work. We went together to the grand opening celebration.

I designed the display and the specimens came from a variety of donations.

The ammunition display at Aberdeen is great but going down hill and crashing soon. The museum will be closed within the next few years under base realignment and the items are supposed to be moved to the quartermaster museum in Virginia.

Museum insiders say this will never happen due to the huge expense of moving thousands of tons of tanks,guns,etc. Many of the prime tanks have been returned to the countries from which they were captured on " loan". Goodbye to those as well.

During the Clinton administration the local museums usually run by EOD units were closed as a cost saving measure. Most of the items were sent to “storage” which actually means cherry picked and then destroyed.

The best ammo museum was indeed at Picatinny and is gone. None of the thousands of items have been displayed at Aberdeen. Most of the stuff went to “storage” !

Go see the Aberdeen museum while you can.

I have been asked to do an ammo display for the new Air and Space museum near Dulles airport. The museum is fantastic and a must see but I am too old to do that. Anyone want the job?


#8

[quote=“ordnance”]Jason,

There is one very good armament related museum in Florida, specifically the Air Force Armament Museum at Eglin AFB.

http://www.destin-ation.com/airforcearmamentmuseum/

The best museum of ammunition that, unfortunately, “used to be”, was the collection at Picatinny Arsenal. Ammunition, bombs, shells, grenades, mines, and similar ordnance was ALL they had on display. Sadly, it closed a few years ago and I understand some of the collection went to Aberdeen with most of it going into storage at Anniston. I have some pretty good photos taken there about 15 years ago and I’ll try to scan and add them later.

I hear the Artillery Museum at Ft. Sill, OK has a pretty good collection of artillery ammunition although I’m not sure how much of it is on display and how much is in storage. That’s the sad truth of many museums. They often have quite an assortment of ammunition that matches the various cannon and small arms in their collections but often feel there isn’t much interest from the public, so it remains stored away and out of view.

http://sill-www.army.mil/Museum/HOME%20PAGE.htm[/quote]

Please do put up your photos. I and others will add some as well.

I have a video of the Aberdeen PG museum available .


#9

Please, post GOBS of photos!!! I hope to check out Elgin AFB shortly. Thanks for the info big time.


#10

Half a lifetime ago I trained at Ft Sill as a “Fire Direction Specialist.” This is the Home of Artillery in the US, and had some excellent displays at that time, but I have not been back there in more than 26 years. Does anyone have recent info on this Base? I remember seeing “Atomic Annie” there, and there were other sights of interest, as well…Mark


#11

I remember seeing Fat Boy, the first nuclear bomb at West Point Museum usmilitarymuseum.org/maingrp.htm neat little museum in Connecticut. You’ll have to move to Northern New Jersey though.


#12

Yes, bombs are ammunition.


#13

These are some photos from my last visit to the Picatinny Arsenal Museun a couple oof years ago. It is closed now. The fellow in front is the last director. I have his name in my notes but can’t find the notes. Anyone who knows please add the name. A very pleasant helpfull fellow.


#14

Wow! Wow! Wow! Looks like the coolest place on earth for ammo enthusiast! So sad it is closed. Wish I could have checked that place out before it closed. I bet their tank ammunition display rocked! Grateful for the photos, I;ll be starring at them for a while.


#15

Thanks for all the great responses. Special thanks to CSAEOD for the Picatinny photos. Having lived in north Jesrsey most of my life I’m real disappointed never having gotton a chance to go to it.
I can only wonder what must of become of most of the items there.

Jason, I am who you think I am, Bill Ives. Thanks for the kind welcoming words.
I have a few newer intresting items I hope to photo and post pictures of soon.


#16

Great seeing you here Bill! Welcome big time. Looking forward to any pics you post. You should post a few of your previous restorations as they are incredible. The pics of the museum from CSA rock! I am bummed I never went as well. Of course I just learned of it recently after joining the IAA, already to late.


#17

[quote=“SHELSRUS”]Thanks for all the great responses. Special thanks to CSAEOD for the Picatinny photos. Having lived in north Jesrsey most of my life I’m real disappointed never having gotton a chance to go to it.
I can only wonder what must of become of most of the items there.

Jason, I am who you think I am, Bill Ives. Thanks for the kind welcoming words.
I have a few newer intresting items I hope to photo and post pictures of soon.[/quote]

All of the items were supposed to be transfered to Aberdeen PG Ordnance museum. To my knowledge none are on display.


#18

Boy this stuff is way better than drugs… never done drugs