The Mississippi Armed Forces Museum was originally established in 1984 inside a small room at a warehouse at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, and has moved and grown multiple times since them. The last remodeling took place in 2015-16 and it is now housed in a modern building that has increased space in the museum to 36,000 square feet.
It was a little difficult to find as our GPS in the car couldn't seem to pin down the exact location. It is easiest to find by just knowing the approximate location is 12 miles south of Hattiesburg on highway 49 and then there are signs to lead you to Camp Shelby to the east for the main gate. A sentry on duty at the gate when allowing access will provide specific instructions on the location.
Extensive free parking is available once the museum is located.
It is a splendid looking facility and there are extensive exhibits outdoors.
There are several individual indoor galleries. It seemed to us that most of the museum was dedicated to weaponry. However, the galleries include areas pertaining to the 19th Century, First World War, Second World War, Korean War, Vietnam War, Global War on Terrorism, and a Hall of Honor that honors notable Mississippi veterans and Mississippi's 28 Medal of Honor recipients.
As you proceed through the museum, each room brings a different aspect of wartime weaponry.
The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 AM to 4 PM. We looked at the exhibits for a couple hours and could have spent several more reading through the information supplied with the exhibits.
The museum is closed on most state and federal holidays but is open on Memorial Day, July 4th, and Veterans Day.
Admission is free. Visitors over the age of 16 must present a valid photo identification. Drivers must have a valid drivers license and may be required to present vehicle registration or proof of insurance.
Their website is extensive and has contact information in case of questions as well as specific addresses and location help.