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Military and War Museums Tour

A Military and War Museum is an institution that cares for collections related to military history and in remembrance of sacrifices made during wars and conflicts. The types of museums vary from large institutions to smaller institutions focusing on specific subjects.

Military and War Museums and Memorials Tour

  • Imperial War Museum, London
    • Imperial War Museums (IWM) has branches at five locations in England, three of which are in London. Founded as the Imperial War Museum in 1917, and its focus is on recording civil and military war efforts and the sacrifice of all conflicts in which British or Commonwealth forces have been involved since 1914.
    • Name:                Imperial War Museum
    • City:                    London
    • Country:             United Kingdom
    • Established:       1917
  • Intrepid, Sea, Air & Space Museum, New York
    • The Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum is a military and maritime history museum at Pier 86 on the West Side of Manhattan. The Museum opened in 1982 after the USS Intrepid was saved from scrapping. Later, the Intrepid became a National Historic Landmark in 1986. In 1988, the Museum was awarded USS Growler, a Grayback-class submarine, which carried nuclear missiles by the United States Congress from the United States Navy and is now on display and available for tours. In 2011, ownership of the Space Shuttle Enterprise was transferred to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
    • Name:               Intrepid, Sea, Air & Space Museum
    • City:                   New York
    • Country:            United States
    • Established:      1982
  • Australian War Memorial
    • The Australian War Memorial is Australia’s national Memorial and museums to the members of its armed forces and supporting organizations who served and sacrificed in wars involving the Commonwealth of Australia. The Australian War Memorial consists of the Commemorative Area or Shrine, the Hall of Memory,  the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier, the Memorial’s galleries, and the Museum.
    • Name:                      Australian War Memorial
    • City:                          Canberra
    • Country:                   Australia
    • Opened:                  1941
  • Darwin Military Museum, Australia
    • The Darwin Military Museum has many exhibits from World War II, including Navy, Army, and Air Force items from Australian, US and other armed forces. It is set amongst concrete gun emplacements and other fortifications in an area that was one of the most heavily fortified parts of Australia during the war.
    • Name:                       Darwin Military Museum
    • City:                           Darwin
    • Country:                   Australia
    • Established:              1965
  • Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne, Australia
    • The Shrine of Remembrance is one of the most significant war memorials in Australia. It was built as a memorial to the men and women of Victoria who served in World War I, and it is today a memorial to all Australians who have served in the war. It is a site of annual observances of ANZAC Day (25 April) and Remembrance Day (11 November).
    • Title:                     Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne 
    • City:                      Melbourne
    • Country:               Australia
    • Established:          1934
  • Changi Museum, Singapore
    • The Changi Museum is a museum focused on Singapore’s history during the Second World War and the Japanese occupation of Singapore. The Museum has a collection of paintings, photographs, and personal effects donated by former POWs. A vital feature of the Museum is a replica of the Changi Chapel and the Changi Murals.
    • Name:               Changi Museum
    • City:                  Singapore
    • Country:            Singapore
    • Established:      1988 next to the Changi Prison. Moved in 2001 to the current location.
  • Old Ford Motor Factory, Singapore
    • The Old Ford Motor Factory is where the British forces under Lieutenant-General Arthur Percival surrendered to Japanese troops in 1942 after the Battle of Singapore. The Museum focuses on World War II, the Fall of Singapore and the Japanese Occupation.
    • Name:              Old Ford Motor Factory
    • City:                  Singapore
    • Country:            Singapore
    • Opened:           2006
  • War Museum of Thessaloniki, Greece
    • The War Museum of Thessaloniki is a military museum that highlights the events which contributed to modern Greek history from the turn of the 1900s to the liberation of Greece from German forces at the end of World War II. The collection includes photographs, military uniforms, weapons, replicas, works of art, maps, paintings, and similar items from the armies of different Balkan countries.
    • Name:          War Museum of Thessaloniki
    • Greek:          Πολεμικό Μουσείο Θεσσαλονίκης
    • City:              Thessaloniki
    • Country:        Greece
    • Established:   2000
  • Churchill War Rooms, London
    • The Churchill War Rooms in London is one of the five branches of the Imperial War Museum. The Museum features the Cabinet War Rooms, a historic underground complex that housed a British government command center throughout the Second World War, and the Churchill Museum. The Churchill Museum a biographical museum exploring the life of British statesman Winston Churchill.
    • Museum:            Churchill War Rooms
    • Formerly:        Cabinet War Rooms
    • City:                London
    • Country:          United Kingdom
    • Established:    1984
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, New Zealand
    • The Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira is one of New Zealand’s major museums and war memorials. Its collections concentrate on New Zealand history, natural history, as well as military history. The Cenotaph, including parts of the Museum, as well as its surrounding consecrated grounds, such as the Court of Honour, also serves as a war memorial, mainly to those who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars.
    • Museum:              Auckland War Memorial Museum
    • City:                      Auckland
    • Country:               New Zealand
    • Inaugurated:        1929
  • Household Cavalry Museum, London
    • The Household Cavalry Museum is the Museum of the Household Cavalry. Visitors can view the Household Cavalry horses in their 18th-century working stables. The Museum focuses on the training and history of the regiment.
    • Museum:      Household Cavalry Museum
    • City:              London
    • Country:       United Kingdom
  • National Army Museum, London
    • The National Army Museum is the British Army’s central museum. It is located adjacent to the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the home of the “Chelsea Pensioners.” The Museum houses five galleries that cover British military history from the English Civil War up to modern-day. The Museum focuses on the overall history of British land forces, unlike other military museums in the United Kingdom, which concentrate on the history of individual corps and regiments of the British Army.
    • Museum:      National Army Museum, London
    • City:              London
    • Country:       United Kingdom
    • Established:  1960
  • MacArthur Museum Brisbane
    • In February 1942, as Japanese forces tightened their grip on the Philippines, General Douglas MacArthur was ordered by President Roosevelt to move to Australia. His famous speech, where he said, “I came through, and I shall return,” was first made in Australia. Later Washington asked MacArthur to amend his promise to “We shall return.” He ignored the request.
    • Name:                       MacArthur Museum Brisbane
    • City:                          Brisbane
    • Country:                    Australia
    • Opened:                    2004

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War Quotes

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“To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.”
– George Washington

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“You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war.”
– Napoleon Bonaparte

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“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.”
– Leo Tolstoy

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“God grant me a good sword and no use for it.”
– Polish Proverb

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“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” –
Sun Tzu

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“The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.” –
George S. Patton

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“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
– Winston Churchill

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“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”
– Aristotle

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“In peace, sons bury their fathers. In war, fathers bury their sons.”
– Herodotus

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“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war,
while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.”
– Sun Tzu

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“I do not know with what weapons World War III will be fought,
but I do know that World War IV will be fought with rocks.”
– Albert Einstein

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“After the war, aid.”
– Greek Proverb

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“We make war that we may live in peace.”
– Aristotle

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A Tour of Quotes

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“You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war.”
– Napoleon Bonaparte

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