Marshall Museum


The Foundation has told General Marshall’s remarkable story through various interpretations in the Marshall Museum. Although the exhibits have changed several times since its opening in 1964, one outstanding, original element remains today. The large “talking map” that dominates the west wall in the World War II wing remains a popular feature. It recounts the course of the war as Marshall could have explained it. The illuminated wall map was designed by the National Geographic Society, and the text was provided by Forrest C. Pogue, Marshall’s biographer.

Following the showing of an introductory video, you are free to conduct a self-guided tour of three main spaces. Marshall’s early years in Uniontown, Pennsylvania and at VMI in Lexington, Virginia are covered along with his Army service before and during World War I in the main lobby. The Organizer of Victory exhibit in the west wing focuses on General Marshall’s leadership, including his many innovations and contributions to winning World War II. The Soldier of Peace exhibit in the east wing features Marshall’s leadership after World War II. The Nobel Peace Prize he received in 1953 for his contributions to restoring the European economy through the Marshall Plan is on display. It will be another highlight among many during your visit.

What We’re Made Of

September 15 through December 10, 2016

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It is now generally accepted as a fact that it requires more time to mobilize the industrial effort of a nation to the war load than it does to convert the civilian manpower into soldiers. It follows that every reasonable effort must be made to speed up industrial mobilization.” — George C. Marshall, September 1939

The “What We’re Made Of” exhibit in the lower gallery explores Chief of Staff Marshall’s work behind the scenes to persuade business and government leaders to support the effort necessary to retool industry and fund the huge industrial shift to military production.

The exhibit will feature a collage of World War II posters, items on loan from Coca-Cola and Hershey, information about industrial production, rationing, war bonds, victory gardens and more.

A preview of this exhibit will be available on September 15, 2016 before the presentation “Coca-Cola Goes to War” by Ted Ryan.