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U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center / USAHEC

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Address: 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013
Phone: (717) 245-3972
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The U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center (USAHEC) is the premier facility for historical research on U.S. Army history and is dedicated to "Telling the Army story...one Soldier at a time." This interactive and interpretive facility includes the Military History Institute archives, Visitor and Education Center, and outdoor Army Heritage Trail. The main gallery features the exhibit, "The Soldier Experience," highlighting the history of the U.S. Army from the Spanish-American War to current missions, as well as a changing gallery, currently showcasing, "A Great Civil War: 1863, Battles That Defined a Nation."

Ridgway Hall (Military History Institute)

Located in Ridgway Hall at the USAHEC, the library and archives is the Army’s preeminent research facility. The collection located in the Ridgway Hall research facility encompasses over 14 million items, including the largest collection of Civil War photos in the world.

Visitor and Education Center

The Visitor and Education Center is dedicated to educating visitors about the culture and experiences of American soldiers. This area features special exhibits, an interpretive gallery, museum store, cafe, and multipurpose rooms for events, lectures and workshops.

Army Heritage Trail

The mile-long outdoor Army Heritage Trail allows visitors to experience history in a new way, through interactive and full-scale military exhibits. Exhibits include a Cobra helicopter, Civil War encampment cabins, WWI trench system and more highlighting the different eras of American military history.

The trail is open dawn to dusk everyday; exhibits on the trail are open during normal business hours, weather permitting.

USAHEC will be open on the following Federal Holidays: Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Veteran's Day but will be closed for all other Federal holidays.

Groups: Groups ranging from students to seniors, will enjoy the experience at the U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center. This facility allows your group to explore on their own the museum, archive and research area and outdoor military history trail with full-scale exhibits. Facility visits are FREE of charge.

  • Free WiFi
  • Gift Shop
  • Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 12pm-5pm
  • Months Open: All Year
  • Motorcoach Parking
  • Notes: Ridgway Hall Research Room will be open Mon-Sat 10am to 5 pm and closed Sunday. There are no research pulls on Saturday. Researchers working on Saturday must coordinate in advance for materials by calling 717-245-3949. USAHEC will be open on the following Federal Holidays: Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Veteran's Day but will be closed for all other Federal holidays.
  • Parking: Free
  • Payment Accepted: Mastercard, Visa
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Wireless Internet
Family Fun
  • All Ages
  • Under 4
Amenities
  • Restrooms
  • Price: Free admission
  • Restaurant/Snack Bar
Land Recreation
  • Hiking Trails
  • Miles of Trails: 1.0
  • Trail Length < 5 Miles
  • Bus_Parking
  • Casual
  • Lunch Hours: 10 AM-2PM Tues-Sat and Closed Sunday & Monday
  • Takeout
  • Price Range: Up to $10
Amenities
  • Alcohol Served
  • Groups Welcome
  • Lunch Served
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Vegetarian Options
Amenities
  • A/V Equipment
  • Full Service Catering
  • Internet
  • Loading Dock
  • Lobby/Reception Area
  • Phone Conferencing
  • Picnic Area
  • Stage
General
  • Group Discounts Available
  • Group Reservations Required
  • Maximum # of People for Tour: 40
  • Motorcoach Parking
Type of Experience
  • Educational
  • Hands-On Experience
  • Historical
U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center / USAHEC Meeting Facility
  • # of Rooms: 4
  • Total Sqft.: 4,102
  • Largest Room: 3,500
  • Theatre Capacity: 250
  • Banquet Capacity: 200
  • Classroom Capacity: 125
  • Exhibit Space
  • Number of Booths: 60
  • Reception Capacity: 300
  • Description: There are four different facilities that can be utilized. For more detailed information about room dimensions and capabilities please visit: http://www.carlisle.army.mil/AHEC/VEC/facilities.cfm
  • A/V Equipment
  • Full Service Catering
  • Internet
  • Loading Dock
  • Lobby/Reception Area
  • Phone Conferencing
  • Picnic Area
  • Stage

Meeting Facility Rooms

Room Name Dimensions Ceiling Sq. Ft. Theater Classroom Size Banquet Capacity Reception
USAHEC Conference Room 17 X 29   9.5     702.00     44     24         25  
Multipurpose Room A 52 X 33   11     1700.00     125     100     90     150  
Multipurpose Room B 52 X 33   11     1700.00     125     100     90     150  
05-01-2014

Events

Brooks E. Kleber Memorial Readings in Military History

Dates: May 01, 2014
Venue: U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center / USAHEC
Category: Events
Time: 7:15 PM
Location: US Army Heritage and Education Center
Admission: Free
05-17-2014

Recurring Events

Army Heritage Days

Dates: May 17, 2014 to May 18, 2014
Venue: U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center / USAHEC
Category: Recurring Events
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: US Army Heritage and Education Center
Admission: Free
05-18-2014

Recurring Events

Army Heritage Days

Dates: May 17, 2014 to May 18, 2014
Venue: U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center / USAHEC
Category: Recurring Events
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: US Army Heritage and Education Center
Admission: Free