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Come out to the American Heritage Museum to see our new visitor in the Pacific War Gallery, our Grumman (Eastern built) FM-2 Wildcat carrier-based fighter used by the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps during WWII. The Grumman-built F4F Wildcat played a major role in primary air defense of the Pacific fleet in the early stages of the War in the Pacific. Though it was no match for the maneuverable Japanese A6M Zero, it was a tough aircraft that could take a beating, and in the hands of a skilled pilot, could be a match for the Japanese attacker.

We will have the FM-2 Wildcat on display in the museum through the summer - we hope to see you soon! More info on visiting at www.americanheritagemuseum.org/
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We still have some tank driving experience spots open this coming Sunday, July 12th on both the M4 Sherman and the M24 Chaffee in the afternoon! Book your slot at bit.ly/2W88kl9 or call us at 978-562-9182 - $995 donation for M24 program and $1495 donation for M4 program! If you just want to see them driving, pay a visit the American Heritage Museum on Sunday and we will have a viewing area for our guests set up behind the Korean War exhibit! ... See MoreSee Less

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It might be a rainy weekend in the Boston area, but the American Heritage Museum is dry and air conditioned for your comfort! With over 65,000 square feet of exhibits including 95 rare tanks, military vehicles, and large artifacts spanning from the Revolutionary War through today, you can easily spend several hours immersed in the regions newest and most unique museum experience and exercise sound social distancing practices! Learn more at www.americanheritagemuseum.org/plan-your-visit/hours-admission/ ... See MoreSee Less

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The American Heritage Museum re-opens tomorrow - Wednesday, July 8th! We are so excited to welcome everyone back! We will be open through the summer from Wednesday through Sunday of each week, from 10:00am to 5:00pm daily. Please familiarize yourself to some of our new visitor guidelines such as required facemasks, online ticket purchases, and best tips to help us keep everyone safe during these challenging times. Read more at: bit.ly/31SZfAo - We look forward to seeing you! ... See MoreSee Less

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Tank Driving Experience Program

The mission of the American Heritage Museum is to bring visitors an immersive experience in history to give a greater appreciation for those who lived it and an excitement to learn more. For the ultimate immersive experience, the American Heritage Museum is offering YOU the opportunity to drive a real tank from World War II… the M24 Chaffee Light Tank or the M4A3 Sherman Medium Tank!

Being a crew member or driving a tank is not particularly comfortable. These metal beasts are all business, designed to go over most obstacles with ease and destroy anything in its path. Once in a tank, it is clearly evident you are driving a machine with great power. When you’re in a tank, things don’t happen to you – You happen to them!

M4A3(76) 31st Tank Battalion 7th Armored Division

From May through October, the American Heritage Museum will offer  tank driving programs in the Chaffee and Sherman right here at our tank training area right behing the museum in Hudson, Massachusetts. You’ll check in for your experience and be transported back to 1944 as you step through the doors to our training tent, put on your overalls, and learn the ropes!

The tank experience programs have been developed by our veterans and museum docents who were tank instructors in the Army and Marine Corps. In addition to driving these mighty beasts, you’ll also learn the basic procedures, history, and tactics used by tanker crews from WWII through today.

Learn about each tank driving program in the listings below and book online if you desire! You may also call us to book at 978-562-9182 M-F from 9am to 5pm (ET).

All tank driving experiences are considered tax-deductible contributions and 100% of the donations for the experience goes into the upkeep and restoration of the vehicles and growth of the programs at the American Heritage Museum.

Tank Driving Experience Pricing
All experiences are a tax-deductible donation:

M24 Chaffee Driving Program: $995

M4A3 Sherman Driving Program: $1495
*Manual transmission experience preferred, but not required.

Book your experience at the booking buttons below!
If you would like to book another time that is not listed (during the week) please call us at 978-562-9182.

M24 Chaffee Light Tank:
The Cadillac on the Shores of the Rhine


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

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.

M24 Chaffee Driving Program: $995
(tax-deductible donation)

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M4A3 Sherman Medium Tank: The Allies Workhorse


Armament: 75mm M3 Cannon, one .50 cal. MG and 2x .30 cal. MGs.
Crew: 5, Commander, Gunner, Driver, Loader, Co-Driver.
Engine: 450 Horsepower Ford GAA, 1,100 cubic inch V-8
Range: 130 miles

One of the most produced tanks of WWII, the M4 Sherman saw its debut storming across the hot sands of North Africa in 1942, and went on to see combat in every theater. M4s could be seen everywhere, from the island-hopping campaigns in the Pacific to the dangerous hedgerows of Normandy, even fighting in the steppes of the Eastern Front. Packing a 75mm main cannon, the M4 was a strong and reliable tank on the battlefield. Through progressive upgrades the M4 remained the definitive Allied tank throughout the Second World War and into Korea. Loved by crews for its ease of use and maintenance, the M4 Sherman remains a symbol of the Liberation of Europe and a testament to the bravery of the crews that fought in them.

M4A3 Sherman Driving Program: $1495
(tax-deductible donation)
*Manual transmission experience preferred, but not required.

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We are taking reservations for 2020 through October. If you are interested in scheduling your tank driving experience, book online at the links above or call 978-562-9182.

 

 

 

 

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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.