3 Fun Places to Visit While In Fort Leonard Wood!

Our family of hotels are the perfect place to stay when visiting the Mid-Missouri area.  Our properties are only a short drive to nearby Fort Leonard Wood which is the Crown Jewel of the US Army.  Fort Leonard Wood Missouri has lots of history that will keep any guest busy during their stay.  Whether you are visiting the area for Fort Leonard Wood Basic Training or Fort Leonard Wood Graduations or simply visiting to take in all the military history, Fort Wood Hotels is the place to stay!  Our blog today will feature three military museums at Fort Leonard Wood and why it is worth the trip to the area to see such amazing military history.  

Just remember to have proper identification and documents in your vehicle because you are entering a military base.  When you arrive you will stop at the visitor center and get a day pass and you don't need to do anything prior to arriving.  This link http://www.wood.army.mil/newweb/FLW_access.html will tell you what documents to take with you.

Check out our list of US Army Museums to visit while in the area and the best part is they are all three under the same roof and FREE of charge.  Each museum has their own gift shop to browse so you can have a keepsake to remember this full day of history.  Read below to learn more about the US Army Chemical Corps Museum, US Army Military Police Museum and the US Army Engineer Museum.  

US Army Chemical Corps Museum has exhibits ranging from WWI to present day.  This museum was established after WWI to preserve the cultural heritage of the Chemical Warfare Service at that time.  WWI was the first war that used chemical warfare as a huge component on the battlefield using it as a conventional weapon.  This museum has a collection of over 6,000 artifacts pertaining to the history of chemical, biological and radiological warfare. In addition to that this museum has hundreds of photographs and historical documents. 

One of the pieces of history you may find at this museum is a gas mask made for children that was designed by Walt Disney during the WWII.  Many feared a chemical war may happen so this mask was designed for children so they weren't scared to wear it if needed.  It was supposed to appear less intimidating for children by resembling Mickey Mouse.  Since, no chemical war happened on US soil, these mask weren't used, however it did spark interest oversees for other countries to produce children mask.   

US Army Military Police Museum Exhibit

US Army Military Police Museum is a federal museum with history dating back to 1775. Major General Bandholtz is considered the founder of the Military Police Corps.  He established a permanent Military Police branch that set the foundation for the 1941 establishment of the Corps of Military Police making this one of the youngest branches in the US Army.  This museum honors Major General Bandholtz with several artifacts related to him and his efforts.  

The museum also promotes the heritage and traditions of the Military Police Corps Regiment and the values of the US Army to soldiers and civilians through public exhibits, educational programs and branch training support.   

US Army Engineer Museum is a federal museum, chartered through the United States Army.  Offering a variety of gallery displays including: WWII temporary mobilization buildings, the development of American Army engineering equipment, topographic engineering, landmine warfare, tactical bridging, special weapons and much more.  

This museum is the only museum that displays the atomic bomb replica along with a look at military equipment used by this unit such as a vehicle some call "amphibian" that is able to go in water or land.   

All three of these museums are a must see when visiting the area and the history that is under one roof can not be seen anywhere else!  There are plenty of other area attractions but with the US Army being the crown jewel of Fort Leonard Wood, we wanted to highlight these three must see attractions.  Oh and we can't forget, as you arrive, you need to stop and grab a photo in front of The Berlin Wall.  This is a real piece of The Berlin Wall that is right outside of the museums entrance and it is surely one artifact you will want to see for yourself.  Not many people realize this incredible piece of history is right here in Missouri. Before leaving, make sure you walk across the street and check out the military vehicles on display as well.  This is a full days worth of fun that will leave you walking away with more military knowledge than you arrived with.    

Make sure when planning your trip to visit these three pieces of history you make Fort Wood Hotels your place to stay. Fort Wood Hotels has been serving guests and communities in and around the Fort Leonard Wood Missouri area since 1999. Our hotels in St. Robert, MO are only a short 3-minute drive to nearby Fort Leonard Wood. We are absolutely committed to ensure that your stay is as special as the reason you are here. At Fort Wood Hotels we offer great brands in a great location. You will not find higher quality hotels at a better value in our area. Our hotels and staff consistently earn top awards, and our unbeatable guest satisfaction speaks volumes about our commitment to you. It all comes back to offering hometown hospitality and giving the guests what they need.

(Souce: http://www.wood.army.mil/usaes/museum.html for above museum information)

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