Our nation has a long and proud history of Americans answering the call to serve. Today, we pause to remember the 138,000 POW’s and 83,000 MIA’s from WWII to the present day during this, America’s National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

The American Heritage Museum is humbled to have been chosen to display a somber reminder of perhaps the most well-known of all of the POW camps in Vietnam, the Hỏa Lò Prison or as it is more colloquially known as the “Hanoi Hilton.”

With great foresight and appreciation of the historic significance of these cells a donor made sure that the most important of these cells were disassembled, brick by brick, slab by slab, and preserved for posterity before the remaining parts of the prison were raised in the mid-1990s.

Today only a handful of these cells survive at the original Hanoi Hilton along with the ones that will be carefully reassembled at the American Heritage Museum in Hudson, Ma. This portion of the “Hilton” known as “Heartbreak Hotel” was the section where most of the downed flyers spent their first weeks of captivity, enduring the peak of their horrific and grueling physical and mental torture. We are solemnly committed to ensuring the personal war for survival and sacrifice of these brave men shall never be forgotten.

The AHM is honored to be able to keep their legacy alive for future generations and look forward to the future opening of this gallery that will preserve their courage, valor, and bravery.
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Veterans Day Opening at the American Heritage Museum

November 11, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Please join the American Heritage Museum in honoring all Veterans on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11th for a special mid-week opening of the museum from 10:00am to 5:00pm at the American Heritage Museum at 568 Main Street, Hudson, MA 01749. There will be a short ceremony honoring our veterans at 11:00 AM. The event is rain or shine.

  • All Veterans are admitted FREE on Monday, November 11th, 2019 with ID
    (Active Duty ID, Reserves/Guardsman ID, Military Retiree ID, Veterans Affairs ID, DD214 or equivalent Discharge Papers)
  • Adult Admission – $20
  • Senior Admission – $18
  • Children Under 12 Admission – $10
  • Children 3 and Under are free.

Purchase admission at the museum that day, or online at the ticket link below
*Veterans attending that day DO NOT need to purchase admission in advance, just arrive with ID. 

Join Us for a Veterans Ceremony at 11:00am
We will be holding a ceremony in remembrance of all Veterans starting at 11:00am on the museum floor for all who wish to join us. We encourage all to attend. Seating is limited.


November 11, 2019
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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American Heritage Museum
568 Main Street
Hudson, MA 01749 United States
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Museum Re-Opens Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

As a part of the Reopening Massachusetts Phase III, the American Heritage Museum will be re-opening to the public on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 and will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 5pm. All visitors will be required to wear face masks while visiting the indoor spaces per state requirements.