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AHM will be focusing on Operation Desert Storm January through February. See: www.americanheritagemuseum.org/2021/01/operation-desert-storm/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Join AHM's lead docent Colin Rixon as he talks about the Battle of the Bulge. ... See MoreSee Less

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Restoration continues on the Panzer 1 that will be featured in the War Clouds exhibit. This is one of very few that remain and the only one that will be on public display in North America. (There is one down at the Ordnance Museum at Ft. Lee, VA. But not on public display) Photos show work on the turret with the hull just behind. ... See MoreSee Less

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Just a reminder, the American Heritage Museum is open today, Monday, January 18th from 10am to 5pm in honor of Martin Luther King Day - we look forward to seeing you! ... See MoreSee Less

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Greetings Everyone! In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. the American Heritage Museum will be open Monday, January 18th, 10 AM to 5 PM. ... See MoreSee Less

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Arsenal of Democracy


M4A1 Sherman (Grizzly)
– USA | TANK

Sherman Turret Trainer – USA | TURRET TRAINER

1942 Buick Super (Front) – USA | CIVILIAN AUTOMOBILE

During the Second World War, “Arsenal of Democracy” was the slogan used by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in a radio broadcast delivered on December 29th, 1940
to signal that the then still neutral United States would use all its immense industrial capacity to build the weapons of war needed by the last struggling democracies to save themselves, and the idea of democracy itself, from the threat of conquest by fascism and militarism in Europe and Asia.

Immediately after the United States entered WWII, our entire industrial infrastructure changed exclusively to support the war effort. All companies, large and small changed their production. A good example is the automobile industry. Ford focused a lot of their production on aircraft, primarily the B-24 Liberators – that became the most massed produced aircraft in American History. Cadillac made many components and engines for tanks and armored vehicles. Buick stopped all civilian car production and switched to making engines for the Liberators as well as armored vehicles, and tanks. Buick went on to make over 74,000 radial engines for the B-24, 2,000 M18 Hellcat tank destroyers, 600 M-39 tanks, over 19,000 M4, M10 and M26 power trains, over 2 million cartridge cases and more.

By the end of the war, U.S. industry was by itself out producing all the Axis countries combined. American trucks, tanks and aircraft were also supplied to Allied nations, from Canada to Britain to the Red Army of the Soviet Union. The Arsenal of Democracy exhibit highlights the phenomenal American industrial effort throughout WWII.

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Open Wednesday through Sunday

We are open Wednesday through Sunday each week from 10:00am to 5:00pm. The AHM is following State of MA visitor capacity limits to 25% of maximum museum capacity, allowing up to 250 persons inside the building at any given time. Visitor volume has not exceeded this since the COVID restrictions and our one-way visitor pattern, well-ventilated and wide open main gallery, continual sanitation and cleaning schedule, and over 65,000 square feet of display space allows for a safe, socially distant visitor experience.