Minnesota Military Museum

Camp Ripley

15000 Highway 115

Little Falls, MN 56345

 Local: 320-616-6050

 DSN: 871-7374

 

May through September: Open Daily 10-5 including national holidays

October through April:   Open Thursdays & Fridays 9-4 except national holidays


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EXHIBITS

Indoor and outdoor exhibits depict the stories and contributions of Minnesotans who served in all branches of our nation’s armed forces—in times of peace and war, from our early frontier years, through the twentieth century, to today’s worldwide deployments.

PERMANENT EXHIBITS 

  • America at War – The causes, conduct, and consequences of America’s major wars since Minnesota statehood in 1858.  Warfare is neither glorified nor downplayed here, but you’re sure to gain a deeper appreciation for the achievements and sacrifices of those who fought.
  • State Forces – The story of Minnesota’s state armed forces—most notably the National Guard—from pre-Civil War militia days to the present.
  • Forts on the Frontier – How Minnesota’s early forts and garrisons kept the peace and aided settlement on our early frontier.  Special attention is given to Fort Ripley, a U.S. Army outpost on the Mississippi River that existed 1849-1877 within the boundaries of present-day Camp Ripley. 
  • The Arms Room – The development of military small arms in the 19th and 20th centuries.  Pistols and revolvers, rifles and carbines, sub-machine guns, machine guns, edged weapons, ammunition, and more.
  • Honors – A tribute to Minnesotans who received the Medal of Honor, plus military decorations past and present.
  • Story of the Jeep – The fabled American military Jeep and Minnesota’s role in its development.  Six representative models are on display, from early World War II until phase-out in the 1980s.  Open summers only.

OUTDOOR EXHIBITS

Vehicles, tanks, aircraft, artillery, etc. are on display throughout the museum grounds.  Step inside a rare 40 & 8 boxcar used to transport American troops and horses in France during WWI (presented to the citizens of Minnesota as a gift from the citizens of France following WWII), or inspect one of those ubiquitous Camp Ripley “tin huts,” outfitted c. 1965.

SPECIAL EXHIBITS

Temporary exhibits on changing topics:

  • Featured Veteran.  A Minnesota veteran is featured in a special exhibit.  Ongoing, but a new veteran is featured every few months.  Learn more.
  • Minnesota's Two Civil Wars: 1861-1866 (through August 2015)  Learn more. 
  • Norwegian-Americans and the 99th Infantry Bn (Sep) during World War Two (open-ended) 
  • Women in the Military (open ended)  
  • History of the Minnesota-based 34th “Red Bull” Infantry Division, 1917-Present (through August 2014)

 Click here for a VIRTUAL MUSEUM TOUR 

Of Related Interest: A Video on Conserving Minnesota's Civil War Flags

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