About the Museum

"Great nations need reminders, reminders of what made them great in the first place, and what has kept them great through the ages."

-General Henry H. Shelton

Nearly 20 years from dream to reality, the museum has become a place to honor and preserve the legendary feats of the airborne and special operations troops who have contributed so much to defending our nation's interests.  From the early days of the Parachute Test Platoon to the ongoing War on Terrorism, the Airborne & Special Operations Museum recounts the actions of heroic soldiers.

ASOM Exterior

The doors opened on 16 August 2000, the 60th anniversary of the original Test Platoon's first parachute jump. The museum offers free admission, a main exhibit gallery, temporary gallery, four-story tall theater, and a motion simulator ride.

Paratroopers Rest after taking SME 6 June 1944

Paratroopers rest after taking Ste. Mere Eglise, 6 June 1944

The main gallery is designed as a self-guided tour, in chronological order, through the history of airborne and special operations soldiers from 1940 to the present.  The temporary gallery changes periodically and displays a myriad of exhibits pertaining to the United States Army airborne and special operations units through their history and conflicts from World War II to the present.


The Airborne & Special Operations Museum is owned and operated by the United States Army and is part of the United States Army Museum system.

The Airborne & Special Operations Museum Foundation supports the museum with marketing, advertising and financial support for its programs and exhibits.