Camp Ripley: Minnesota Military Museum is wide open for the summer

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Minnesota Military Museum, located at Camp Ripley, has extended its summer hours to 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, including holidays.

"We wanted to reach out into the communities, and welcome people to the museum," said Curator Doug Thompson.

The museum has been a part of the Camp Ripley landscape since the late 1970s, when it originally occupied one of the installation's first buildings near the main gate. With the expansion of new exhibits, to better meet the new mission, the museum moved to a much larger building and used the grounds around it for vehicle displays.

"The building was originally used as a unit headquarter during training, and is in fact, a piece of Camp Ripley's history as well," added Thompson.

Through the documentation, preservation, and explanation of military history The Minnesota Military Museum seeks to strengthen public understanding of how the experiences of fellow Minnesotans have shaped our state and nation. They achieve this through the various works, projects and programs they put on throughout Minnesota.

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