The National Vietnam War Museum Each of us had a Vietnam experience
About the Museum Museum Themes Support the Museum Home Museum Exhibits Multimedia Center News & Events Contact Us Gift Shop

Vietnam Service Medal

For many Americans, Vietnamese, and others, the war in Vietnam was the defining event in their lives. It was a conflict that divided families and brought violence both to Vietnam and to the United States. Each of us had a Vietnam experience.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. as well as many other community and state memorials have been established to recognize the sacrifice of the 58,260 that gave their lives during that most unpopular and longest war the United States has been involved in to date.

These memorials, which have done much to aid in the healing of the wounds brought on by this conflict, do not provide an opportunity to reflect knowledgeably on the many other aspects of the era. This turbulent period influenced events in much of the world that still affect those who lived through the era, subsequent generations and governments around the globe.

At its peak, over half a million U. S. soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen were serving in Vietnam, the surrounding waters and countries, along with millions of Vietnamese and thousands of Australians, New Zealanders, South Koreans, Thais, and Philippinos.

They, along with their friends and families, have been misunderstood and misrepresented for over thirty years.

The main building of the museum is yet to be built. It awaits the funding. When completed, The National Vietnam War Museum will offer an educational environment where people from all over the world can come to remember, learn and understand....


NOTICE:  The museum gardens, with all of their memorials and exhibits, are open to the public from dawn to dusk every day of the week. Admission is free.

Our most popular garden contains a 300-foot long, approximately half-scale, permanent replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington.  It is truly unique, in that it is updated annually to ensure it is always current.

The Visitor Center contains the gift shop and an exhibit area. It is open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday thru Saturday and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free. Temporary closures are possible, because the center is staffed by volunteers. Please call to ensure the Visitor Center will be open for your visit.

The museum is located on twelve acres on U. S. Highway 180, about a mile east of Mineral Wells, Texas, and about a 45-minute drive west of Fort Worth.

Three memorial gardens have been completed and two more are under construction. The main museum building has not yet been built.  Its construction awaits the completion of an ongoing fundraising effort.

The Development Projects page provides access to information about the gardens, including their memorials and exhibits.

About $25 million will be needed to complete the museum. Over $1 million has already been raised and has funded the construction of the first three gardens, two parking lots and the new Visitor Center.  The fourth and fifth gardens are now under construction.

The Semper Fi Garden, the first of four new gardens dedicated to each of the armed services is now under construction. Its centerpiece, an LVTP-5 landing craft, is in place on the site, and a Gama Goat has recently been added.

Your help is needed to complete the museum. Your stories need to be told those who lived during the those who came afterward...and to future generations.  Our countrymen and visitors from the rest of the world need to know what happened....they need to fully understand the war.

You can support the ongoing effort to build the museum by purchasing items from the gift shop, by making a donation using the gift shop order form or by mailing your check to us at our address on the Contact Us page.

Please click the Donate Now! button on the right side
of this page to help build the museum.

Thank you for your generous support!


Senator John McCain
Senator John McCain supports the National Vietnam War Museum.

Watch the video now with RealPlayer (may take a few moments to open):

See more videos in our Multimedia Center.

Donate Now!

Your stories   need to be told.

Help us complete the musuem by clicking on the picture above and making a contribution or a purchase from our Gift Shop!

Thank you!

The National Vietnam War Museum, Inc is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, incorporated in the state of Texas. Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Contact your tax advisor for complete information.

The museum is located on Hwy 180 about 1 mile east of Mineral Wells, Texas, and about 45 miles west of Fort Worth.


Web Design by Chameleon Web Design