Marshall & the Smithsonian

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Smithsonian Museum Day Live! on Saturday, September 24, is an annual event that gives participating museums around the country the opportunity to open their doors free of charge. In a perfect world, all museums would be free, but non-profits such as the George C. Marshall Foundation receive no operational funding from the government and must rely on museum admissions.

The Marshall Museum is pleased to participate in Museum Day Live! on Saturday, September 24th from 11am – 4pm, admission is free to those who present tickets downloaded from here.

The Museum exhibits offer visitors of all ages a wealth of information about the global importance of George C. Marshall. The Organizer of Victory gallery focuses on exhibits about General Marshall during World War II, including an original Jeep Willys, a vehicle he was instrumental in providing for his soldiers. Visitors can enjoy the illuminated “talking” world map, designed by the National Geographic Society as it charts the course of World War II. The Soldier of Peace gallery contains informative displays and objects about Marshall’s post-World War II career, including the Nobel Peace Prize he received in 1953 for the European Recovery Program, commonly known as the Marshall Plan.

Stop by the Marshall Museum for an hour or two, meet up with friends, or pick up a biography in the Museum shop. Book lovers should set aside some time to browse the selection of used and out of print military history books in our “book bunker,” a favorite spot for visiting scholars and researchers. The bestselling and first edition hardcover of The Words of George C. Marshall  is an excellent gift. Reprints of Time columnist Lance Morrow’s outstanding Smithsonian magazine article “George C. Marshall: The Last Great American?”  are available as well. If inspired by your visit, consider becoming a member of the Foundation, which directly supports our mission and offers benefits appropriate to the membership level.