The Miami Valley Military History Museum was established to:
- Perpetuate and preserve the memory of the veterans of our Armed Forces past, present, and future
- Establish a permanent military history museum as a repository for artifacts and research materials
- Highlight the military history of local communities and the state of Ohio
- Foster patriotism and respect for veterans and the Armed Forces.
Our displays begin with the Revolutionary War, and include the history of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers (the "Soldiers Home", now the Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center), and continue through the Spanish-American War, both World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, the Cold War, Operations DESERT STORM, ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM and Military Operations Other Than War (MOOTW) such as Lebanon, Grenada, and Panama.
All ranks and branches of the service are represented - you'll have the opportunity to see artifacts belonging to privates and generals alike, as well as relics from the opposing side in each conflict. For those interested in World War II, one of our prized artifacts on display is a piece of the USS Arizona, generously donated by the United States Navy. Listen to authentic WWII news broadcasts in our Home Front display, or you can enjoy the Armed Forces Vietnam radio shows playing in the Vietnam display. Do you know how heavy a flak jacket and Kevlar helmet is? We've got them waiting for you to try on!