The Veterans Memorial Museum couldn’t have selected a better home than Branson, Missouri! No other destination wears its patriotism so proudly; it’s an authentic and sincere reverence for, and an appreciation of, the men and women who’ve unselfishly served our country in every branch of the military. The Museum honors these heroes with more than 2,000 exhibits that commemorate the American soldier and their sacrifices while serving in WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and more recent conflicts. The Museum is the heartfelt vision of renowned bronze sculptor, Fred Hoppe, who personally collected thousands of items that were put on display when the facility opened. Many items and exhibits have since been added as veterans and their families have loaned or donated items to the 18,000 square foot museum. Returning visitors will be thrilled to discover that Fred Hoppe’s stunning sculpture of 50 soldiers storming a beach (each represents an actual soldier) has been returned and is now on display in front of the museum. Another of Hoppe's inspirational sculptures was purchased by the City of Branson; it now resides in the Memorial Garden at the corner of Highway 76 and Roark Valley Road for everyone to see as they enter Branson’s famous Strip.
The displays at the Veterans Memorial Museum can be found in ten great halls, each covering a war or conflict fought. You’ll discover sculptures, artifacts, murals, memorabilia, and pieces of art thoughtfully arranged to tell the stories behind each item. A moving and emotional highlight of your visit is sure to be the names displayed on the walls of the halls; the actual names of soldiers killed in action during WWII, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and other 20th century conflicts.
Helpful Hints/Additional Information
- The Veterans Memorial Museum is located at 1250 West Highway 76.
- The museum is open from 9:00AM to 5:00PM every day except Christmas.
- Tours of the museum are self-guided.
- Both still and video photography is permitted while in the museum.
- There is a gift shop on-site.
- The museum is appropriate for all ages, but it’s best that youngsters be accompanied by an adult to help them best understand the displays and their importance to our history.
Displays in the museum include uniforms, medals, musical instruments, weapons, letters, paintings, and a wide variety of other items that all come together to tell stories...stories of soldiers on the ground and in the air...stories of medics and nurses who struggled to patch wounds and save lives...stories of POWs, some who came home and others who made the ultimate sacrifice. A visit to the museum is one of many emotions, least of which is a genuine sense of patriotism and a love for America and for the men and women who make the incredible commitment to serve. No visit to Branson is complete without a visit to the Veterans Memorial Museum!