HISTORICAL SOCIETY of HARFORD COUNTY, Inc.
PHOTOGRAPHS OF
U.S. ARMY ORDNANCE MUSEUM

The U. S. Army Ordnance Museum, at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) , Maryland is Harford County's largest tourist attraction with roughly 45,000 visitors each year. The museum's world-class collection of arms, armor and technology, possibly the largest in America, depicts the evolution of America's military and technological developments alongside those of foreign nations. Several exhibits are the last of their kind in the U. S. if not the world. The museum collection is a reminder of the sacrifices made by our ancestors to insure the freedoms we enjoy today.

Although the museum was the biggest and well attended museum in Harford County, security requirements after the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center limited access to the facility. In August 2009, the indoor and part of the outdoor Ordnance Museum started moving to Fort Lee, Virginia as a result of the BRAC realignment. This was the biggest move in U.S. Army museum system history. The building to house the new ordnance museum is expected to be completed in 2011. The new museum will be next to the Army's Women's and Quartermaster's museums and Petersburg National Battlefield Park.
The new museum at APG will include Ordnance Museum artifacts left behind and other APG tenant's artifacts as well as artifacts from the Communications and Electronics Museum. (Zumer, B., Ordnance Museum Move Begins , The Aegis, Bel Air, MD, August 5, 2009, page A1.) (Lazo, L., Army Ordnance Museum moving to Fort Lee, Richmond Times - Dispatch, Richmond, VA, September 8, 2009.)


Museum,
Photographed in 2001


Tanks,
Photographed in 2001


Railroad Cannon,
Photographed in 2001

If you wish to visit the museum, please review the museum's web site that follows for changing conditions and directions for admission: U.S. Army Ordnance Museum

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