The museum, positioned roughly 30 minutes south of Washington D.C. on 84 acres of land at Fort Belvoir in Virginia, honors the service of the greater than 30 million women and men who’ve donned an Army uniform since 1775, in accordance to a information launch.

A live-streamed digital opening ceremony passed off on opening day, and Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, amongst others, made remarks throughout the ceremony.

The public and privately-funded museum price $200 million to construct, and development broke floor in 2016, the launch stated. The 185,000 square-foot foremost constructing will show Army artifacts, paperwork, pictures and paintings, most of which have by no means been seen by the public.

A couple of notable artifacts can be on show: The M3 Bradley Cavalry Preventing Automobile that led the 2003 cost from Kuwait to Baghdad, the M4A3E2 Sherman “Jumbo” Tank that broke via German strains throughout the Battle of the Bulge in World Conflict II, and one of the few remaining “Higgins boats” that carried U.S. troops ashore to Normandy on D-Day throughout World Conflict II.

“The U.S. Army has drastically aided the nation’s progress and prosperity. Troopers have carried out numerous missions in the areas of exploration and discovery, science and know-how, communications and cooperation, and restoration and catastrophe aid,” retired Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, chairman of the Army Historic Basis, stated in 2016.

“Almost each main occasion in our nation’s historical past has concerned the U.S. Army, and this Museum will guarantee these contributions and sacrifices aren’t misplaced to time.”