COLUMBUS, Ohio — The National Veterans Memorial and Museum, which is scheduled to open this fall in Columbus, is thought to be the first museum dedicated to the 22 million living veterans throughout the United States.
The 50,000-square-foot distinctively shaped structure with concrete archs will honor the veterans with exhibits not only about their military service but also how serving their country affected their lives.
The exhibits will be based on the four themes of honor, connect, inspire and educate and feature historical and contemporary examples of veterans’ stories.
The exhibit galleries will follow the curve of the building’s concrete rings, which will feature a glass wall, and conclude with an interactive media experience in the heart of the building.
A second-floor mezzanine will feature a Memorial Room to honor those killed in action, while a lower floor will have a rotating exhibition gallery. The museum will also have a Great Hall with views of the Scioto River and space for public events.