Designed by Michael West of the architectural firm of Calloway, Johnson, Moore & West in Winston-Salem, NC, the dramatic 59,000 square-foot building is highlighted by the 5,000 square-foot, five-story high open lobby area. The lobby exhibit is accented by natural light from the glass walls and surrounding high mounted windows. The lobby exhibit features two fully deployed parachutes, a WWII era T-5 round chute and a modern MC-4 square chute. The round parachute represents the origins of airborne forces, and the integration of airborne forces into conventional warfare. The square parachute represents the cutting edge of modern special operations, and the unconventional warfare they continue to engage in. Displayed together, these parachutes represent the development of airborne infiltration, and the soldiers who work in support of one another in the combined airborne and special operations community.
Museum admission free;
admission to theater and simulator $–$$; children eight and under free when
accompanied by paying adult.
This has quickly become one of the area's premier attractions. This state-of-the-art facility houses exhibits and programs that highlight the honor, courage, duty, and heroic feats of this unique sector of our armed forces from 1940 to today. A largescreen theater features specially produced movies showing these forces in action. A twenty-four-seat simulator allows riders to experience a helicopter attack, parachute jump, and off-road pursuit. You’ll also find a memorial garden, parade area, and unit memorials.