photo 4 collageWelcome!  Step inside our award-winning museum and take a journey through Pearl Harbor, the South Pacific, Germany, A French Village and more.  Immerse yourself in 50,000 square feet of space boasting extraordinary sights, scents and sounds that envelop you.  Ride the Virtual Voyager motion simulator time capsule, similar to those found at Universal Studios, and submerge your senses.  Witness an extensive array of animated dioramas, unique displays, authentic memorabilia, equipment, artifacts, vehicles and rotating exhibits along with audio/visual effects with the utmost quality and accurate representation.  It’s always evolving, educating and electrifying for all ages!


About the Armed Forces History Museum

The Armed Forces History Museum is a 501(c) (3), not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to preserving our military history and educating our current and future generations as to the sacrifices made by so many to preserve our freedom.

The museum was founded in 1996 by John J. Piazza, Sr, a local businessman and history buff.    Housed in a 35,000 sq. ft. building – with an additional 15,000 sq. ft. outdoor display space – the Armed Forces History Museum is one of the largest, non-government funded, museums in the southeast.

Between 1996 and 2006 the museum and its dedicated staff operated a large mobile unit housing 16 displays. With the ever growing amount of memorabilia, vehicles and specialized military pieces, the Board of Directors determined that the development of a permanent site would be beneficial to the general public and enable the museum to fulfill its mission objectives.  A non-salaried Board of Directors governs the organization.

The address of the museum general office is 2050 34th Way North, Largo, FL  33771.

Posted by:
John J. Piazza, Sr.
Founder and President

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30 Responses to About Us

  1. james mpistolarides says:

    how do i get info on career oppurtunities!have militar5y background .study war.

    • alon2392 says:

      Thank you for your interest in the museum James. Right now, we are looking for volunteers to assist in many facets of the museum. Please feel free to visit the volunteer page on our web-site. You can download and fill out the form if you are interested.

      Thanks again for your interest and for visiting our web-site. We hope you’ll consider becoming one of our Soaring Volunteers.

  2. Debra Levie says:

    Dear Sir,

    Wonderful site. Can’t wait to visit during my next visit to Florida.

    Question: I was willed some WW11 knapsacks, medical sacks, and the like, and they have that dreaded mildew odor. My dry cleaner won’t mess with them for fear of destroying the fabric. Any suggestions as to what products I can use to rid these treasured family mementos of their scent related age?

    Thanks and Best Wishes,

  3. alon2392 says:

    So glad you enjoyed our site Debra! In response to your inquiry, you definitely should not use any liquids, as they are harmful to the fabric. Try placing them in the “open air” along with some moth balls to take the odor away. Good luck! We’ll look forward to your visit to the museum the next time you are in Florida. Thanks for visiting our site.

  4. james meyer says:

    i have 4 war helments all different and i am looking to get a story and value on them if i can email someone pictures. thanks so muck you can reply to

  5. Allyson says:

    I have a few things from my dads time in WWII. Including quite a few photos. Are you taking donations, and if not can you recommend someplace that is ?

    • alon2392 says:

      Yes Allyson, we are currently accepting donations. I will email you the form so you can fill it out prior to coming into the museum. If you need any further assistance, please call (727) 539-8371. Thank you for visiting our web-site.

  6. Marlene A. Hyde says:

    My husband & I recently toured your museum and absolutely loved it–I am an Air Force veteran and a retired history teacher so I was especially pleased. I am the new curator of the Cracker Trail Museum at Pioneer Park in Zolfo Springs (Hardee County), Florida. I am always interested in seeing how other museums set up their displays and i must say, your were fantastic! My husband & I also took the simulator Desert Storm ride and really enjoyed that too. I brought back some of your brochures to let my guests and friends know about your museum too! Thanks again, it was a great experience!

    • alon2392 says:

      Marlene – First, on behalf of the Armed Forces History Museum, thank you for your service to our great country. We are pleased to hear how well you enjoyed our museum and so glad you and your husband were able to visit. WE appreciate your taking some brochures to pass out and also for taking the time to visit our web-site and share your experience. We do take great pride in our many interactive dioramas and displays and the extensive memorabilia we have on display. Also, all our vehicles, tanks, etc are in fully operational order. The simulator is a great ride. We wish you the best in your new position as curator at the Cracker Trail Museum. Thanks again for your comments.

  7. nick aubrey says:

    I have 2 baseball bats made by Louisville slugger company given to sailors of USS Louisville for their contribution in Desert Storm war. Only 200 of these bats were made. Says “kick Sadams butt” on the bats. In mint condition, still in plastic and boxes. I can send pictures if you are interested.

  8. Joel Feaster says:

    Some of my grandfather’s WWII “souveneirs” were recently handed down to me by my mother. As an Army veteran and military history buff, I am excited to have these items in my possession but recognize that my grandfather’s treasures (and his unit’s D-Day story) may be more aptly recognized and appreciated in a museum like yours. I have his dog tags and Bronze Star that I will keep and cherish forever. But, I also have two Nazi flags – one is (approx) 3′x2′ and the other is (approx) 8′x6′ and was, as the story goes, “procured” during some operational activity. It certainly shows its age but is unique (I think) because, in addition to the swastika, has the German eagle on it. My grandfather also left three German knives/bayonets with Nazi insignia on them. They are protected by sheathes and, similarly, are showing their age.

    I am interested to know if the flags or knives would be of interest to your museum, as a donation. Not having been to the museum yet (I WILL definitely make the trip someday!), I simply do not know if these items are unique or if you have loads of them sitting in a storage room somewhere…

    I also recently obtained a formerly classified and official summary of my grandfather’s unit’s activity for the months following the D-Day invasion. It contains several outstanding “stories” of the day-to-day lives of the troops and provides many examples of battlefield statistics being compiled by the battalion’s command element at the time. I would be happy to provide a copy to you for whatever historical value it might have.

    Thank you!


  9. Ida Hermansdorfer says:

    Could you tell me what the cost is for the M8 tank rides? Are reservations required? I am interested in a date in early November.

    Thank you! Ida Hermansdorfer

    • alon2392 says:

      Currently, the M8 is $50 for up to three people. Generally, Tuesday thru Friday is not a problem as far as reservations go, they are recommended for Saturday so we can make sure we have someone here (which generally there is) to drive it. Sundays are difficult to arrange.

  10. Stephanie DeMartino says:

    My uncle was one of the original Navy Seals. I have a World War II photo album detailing the signing of the surrender of the War with specific details aboard Navy Ships with Japanese Officials. I would like to know whom to contact about selling it.
    Thank you.

    • alon2392 says:

      I will check with some of our personnel and see if we can provide you with some assistance. Thank you for contacting the AFHM.

  11. Miles Vining says:

    Hey ya’ll! I just wanted to let you know of some publicity for the Museum, I write for Small Arms Review and just published a magazine review of the museum in the Volume 17 No 4/ 4th Quarter 2013. If you aren’t an online subscriber, you can pick up that issue of SAR in most any major gun store/show/ book store. It’s basically the Oct/Nov/Dev issue of Small Arms Review. Hope you all enjoy it!

    • alon2392 says:

      Thank you Miles. Much appreciated. I read what I could (will pick up the article via magazine in a store) and I have one correction – The article says we are in Logan, FL, it is actually Largo, FL. As you mention, we are a bit hidden (as a non-profit, we hope someday we can expand our advertising so we are more visible in a number of ways), so the incorrect city will only add to their confusion. I hope you included a link to our website and/or maybe you can at least change the online article. Thank you again. WE appreciate it!

  12. Mark Cole says:

    The question I have is Did the US build a 6 X 6 armored personal carrier similar to the Russian BTR-152? Or did the M3 Scout ever come in a 6X6? Thank_You

  13. Tracie Laiosa says:

    I have a lot of my dads books, photos, and such from when he was in the Navy. WWII, 1940, 50, 60′s. I don’t know what to do with these items. I would like to give them to a museum, a collector, or such.
    Any Ideas would be great.

    Thank you.

  14. Thomas says:

    My name is Thomas Holmes and I am seeking employment. I am an US Air Force veteran and served for 17 years (1995-2012). Within that time span, I’ve been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. I am an avid reader and my favorite topic is American History. I have a degree in Management/Human Resources. Please contact me there is an opportunity for me to be part of your organization at 520 822-7778.

    • alon2392 says:

      We currently do not have any openings Thomas. We are, however, most grateful for your service and invite you to check in from time to time.

  15. Ethan says:

    Is the Coast Guard represented in the museum?

  16. George says:

    How do you plan to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s birth – Oct. 14, 2015?

    Thank you.

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