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Visit us this weekend to see the USS Constitution's 1812 Marine Guard perform period drills, marching and musket firing. The American Heritage Museum will be open the entire Spring Break week - April 19th to 26th, 10 AM to 5 PM. ... See MoreSee Less

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A little snow in the Boston area is no problem for us here at the @americanheritagemuseum - we are open from 10am to 5pm daily this weekend and all week next week (April 17-25) for Patriots Day and Spring Break from 10am-5pm daily. Information at the link in our bio! (video from earlier this year... thankfully just a dusting of snow today!) #tanks #tankmuseum #M24chaffee #WWII #worldwar2 #worldoftanks #hudsonmass #hudsonma #PatriotsDay #massachusetts ... See MoreSee Less

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The American Heritage Museum is now offering an annual Library Membership / Pass Program to local libraries who wish to offer half-price admission to patrons who wish to "check out" the passes. Many museums offer similar programs and we are pleased to do the same to bring more families and children to the American Heritage Museum! Please spread the word and let your local libraries know! Learn more at: www.americanheritagemuseum.org/get-involved/library-pass-program/ ... See MoreSee Less

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M24 Chaffee Light World War II Tank Ride Program at the American Heritage Museum

Take a Ride Aboard the Famous Light Tank That Spanned Two Wars

The American Heritage Museum is proud to offer tank ride opportunities in the Spring, Summer, and Fall aboard the M24 Chaffee light tank used in World War II and the Korean War. The M24 Chaffee is a fast and maneuverable tank that replaced the M5 Stuart light tank during WWII and brought the harder hitting 75mm M6 cannon to the battlefield.

Tank rides on the M24 Chaffee are a donation of $595.00 for three (3) persons aboard the tank. One seat is in the hull gunner position and two standing positions are in the turret. The ride experience is 10 minutes on the tank driving grounds at the American Heritage Museum.

Ride experiences are being offered in the afternoons of select weekends. Please click the button below for schedules and online booking. Please feel free to call us at 978-562-9182 with any questions.


Gift Certificates Available

Looking to give a tank ride as a gift? We have presentation gift certificates available for gift giving to the tank enthusiast in your family! Tank Ride Gift Certificates are open ended and allow the recipient to schedule their own ride experience. Click here to learn more about and purchase an M24 Tank Ride Gift Certificate at this link.

Don’t Just Ride – DRIVE the M24 Chaffee!

Feel like doing something even more exciting? Learn to DRIVE the M24 Chaffee as part of our Tank Driving Experience Program, a one hour training and driving experience that allows you to take the controls for 20 minutes on our tank track! – Click Here to Learn more!

History of the M24 Chaffee

Seeking to replace the aging M3 and M5 Stuart series of light tanks, the U.S. Army Ordnance Department and Cadillac joined forces to create a new light tank. The new T24 pilot vehicle was delivered in October 1943 and full scale production began in 1944 as the Light Tank, M24. The Chaffee retained the M5 Stuart’s twin Cadillac V-8 powertrain, but came armed with a lightened 75mm Cannon adapted from a version used on B-25 Mitchell bombers, replacing the under whelming 37mm used on the Stuart. The Chaffee was speedy and nimble. The M24 saw use in WWII, but found a calling in the cold, mountainous environment of Korea, where it fought as a part of reconnaissance units alongside “Easy Eight” Shermans, M26 Pershings and M46 Pattons. Long after the United States replaced the M24 with newer models such as the M41 Walker-Bulldog, other countries such as Israel and France used the Chaffee well into the 1950s.

SPECIFICATIONS

Armament: 75mm M6 Cannon, one .50 cal. MG and 2x .30 cal. MGs.
Crew: 5, Commander, Gunner, Driver, Loader, Co-Driver
Engine: Cadillac Series 44T24, 220 horsepower.
Range: 100 miles

 

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MUSEUM OPEN

Open Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00am to 5:00pm. We are following State of MA COVID-19 visitor capacity limits as of March 1st to 50% of maximum museum capacity, allowing up to 500 persons inside the building at any given time and all sanitizing protocols as outlined by the state.