Mission Of The Museum
Our mission is to honor and perpetuate the memory of the men and women who have served in our nation's armed forces, during peacetime or war, throughout the history of our country . This mission began nearly two decades ago with the goal of making sure that our veterans "Shall Not Be Forgotten". The museum began with humble beginnings in 1997 at a storefront in Centralia, WA. In 2005 we opened our new facility in Chehalis, WA which is visible from Interstate 5 just off of exit 77. This new facility features a 9,000 square foot main gallery with 85 display cases filled with hundreds of displays honoring our veterans. The museum has a military history reference library with thousands of volumes. There is also a gift shop filled with patriotic items and don't forget to visit the "USO" where you can have a cup of coffee while enjoying conversations with local or visiting veterans. What a privilege it is to hear first hand from veterans who stormed the beaches of Normandy, went ashore on Iwo Jima or survived the Bataan Death March. Perhaps you'll hear stories from some who shivered in the winters of the Korea War era or the battles fought during the Vietnam conflict. How interesting it is to hear conversations between veterans of 75 years ago and those current returnees from the Desert War conflicts. Stop by and help us make sure --- "They Shall Not Be Forgotten"...
All year the museum is open Tuesday thru Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
During the months of June through September (Labor Day Weekend) the museum is also open on Sundays from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Group tours are always welcome. Please call in advance to make an appointment.
active duty soldiers
From Seattle travel south on Interstate 5 and take exit 77. Turn right on Highway 6. Immediately, at the next intersection, Riverside Drive, turn left. The museum is on the left hand side approximately 1/4 mile from Highway 6.
From Portland travel north on Interstate 5 and take exit 77. Turn left on Highway 6 and cross over the Interstate. Turn left on Riverside Drive. The museum is on the left hand side approximately 1/4 mile from Highway 6.