“To honor the service and sacrifice of our veterans and their families. To educate next generations on the history of American freedom. To preserve and share historic military vehicles.”
In 2012, Dan Starks bought a tank. It was the start of something big. Since then he's acquired hundreds more tanks, jeeps, trucks, motorcycles, landing craft and other military vehicles. It's now the biggest collection of military rolling stock in in the U.S. outside of the armed forces themselves.
There is a smaller museum within the museum featuring a historically significant collection of firearms -- from the first sniper rifle used in combat to the fully authenticated musket that fired the first shot in the Revolutionary War Battle of Bunker Hill.
The General George C. Marshall Gallery at the National Museum of Military Vehicles highlights the American experience during World War II. General Marshall was the head of the Army during World War II and was the architect of the Marshall plan to reconstruct Europe. Winston Churchill lauded Marshall as the "organizer of victory" for his leadership of the Allied victory in World War II.
National Museum of Military Vehicles' founder Dan Starks narrates the mission of the National Museum of Military Vehicles and provides an overview and virtual tour. Included are clips from the newly opened General Lewis "Chesty" Puller Gallery.
The National Museum of Military Vehicles honored the veterans who participated in the Mayaguez rescue on the 46th anniversary of the battle. During the ceremony, a Mayaguez Tribute Truck escorted by Patriot Guards Riders was donated to the museum and 41 Americans who fell during the battle were honored with TAPS, followed by a reunion of surviving Mayaguez veterans. The ceremony was held May 15, 2021.
The National Museum of Military Vehicles opened its newest gallery on May 26, 2021 with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the museum. The General Lewis "Chesty" Puller Gallery honors the service of the millions of Americans who served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
Parking is free. There is ample parking for passenger vehicles, RVs and tour buses.
The museum has 7 outdoor picnic areas. Food is not available for purchase at the museum.
Our research library is currently under construction. Please continue to check back for updates and ways to access thousands of military field and vehicle manuals.
140,000 Sq. feet of museum space (so far).
The National Museum of Military Vehicles is open five days a week during our off-season hours Wednesday-Sunday. (We are closed Mondays and Tuesdays).
200+ Historically signficant firearms
Vehicles in our growing collection
Alton, New Hampshire
A remarkable legacy that we consider a national treasure.
World class, indeed. Singularly, one of the finest museums of it's kind I've ever visited... and that INCLUDES the Smithsonian.
I have been to a lot of noted Military Museums, including Wright Patterson Air Force base, The Smithsonian, Pima Air Museum, and even the Beijing Military Museum. This museum tops them all. I cannot imagine a finer tribute to our democracy.
The 140,000 sq feet is amazing. If you are in Dubois or even passing this way and you are a veteran, have a vet in your family or love your country-you need to stop! I can't recommend this enough!
It was amazing!!!! Can’t recommend enough that you stop and visit this wonderful museum. Did not disappoint.