Hours of Operation

When planning your visit to the museum, we recommend you allow a minimum of two hours for your visit in order to fully take in the museum’s extensive displays.  Please note that while the museum is open until 4 PM, entrance to view the museum is recommended only until 3 PM.  Also note that all visitors are required to exit the museum at time of closing.  Parking at the museum is always free.  The AFHM is handicap accessible and has on-site parking.  Ample restrooms and seating are also available throughout the museum.


Museum Hours

Tuesday-Saturday:  10am – 4pm
Sunday:  12 pm – 4pm

NOTE:   Museum Store hours are the same as the museum.
Paid admission to the museum is not necessary to visit the museum store.

The museum is closed on the following days:

(Except Memorial Day)
July 4th
Thanksgiving Day

Christmas Eve
Christmas Day
New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Day

The Armed Forces History Museum is a member of the following:


14 Responses to Hours of Operation

  1. John Thomas says:

    Hello, I head up a local[Manatee County] WW2 Reenactment Group. We are interested in whether or not your museum would like to discuss a WW2 Reenactor involved event at your location. Please email me or call me at 941-718-0813 with your thoughts on this. Thank You,
    Sgt. Thomas
    1st I.D. Reenactment Group

  2. Lori says:

    Unique museum with lots to see! Definitely worth your trip…for both adults and kids!

  3. Laura Okin says:

    Are you closed Sun. Dec. 23rd?

    • alon2392 says:

      Yes, Laura we are. We will be open tomorrow – Saturday the 22nd from 10 – 4 PM and then reopen on Wednesday, December 26th. Hope you can still come out for a visit.

  4. Linda says:

    Has the Korean Conflict section been completed? My mom donated items of my dad’s several years ago – Kuchenbrod. Young members of our family are visiting this summer and I love for them to see the display

    • alon2392 says:

      The museum is always evolving, now whether or not specific items have been added or changed out in Korea, I do not know. We do hope some day to be able to display everything that has been so graciously donated to us. We are grateful for your father’s service.

  5. Keith Hardin says:

    On your article “Top Ten Tanks of WWII” Interesting and fairly accurate. Your photo of the “Firely” tank is not a Firefly-it is a 76mm. “Easy Eight” Sherman-a later model. Firefly tanks had the earlier suspension and the longer gun barrel is very distinctive-the mantlet is the middle production model

  6. Judith Schwab says:

    I hope you can help me find some information. My Grandson found a Field Issued Dog Tag. We would like information on this item. Is it a true Military Dog Tag? How do we determine to whom it belongs to? If it is a Military Dog Tag, from what era is it? If you cannot help me, can you give me an Email address where we can find the information? My husband was in the US Army, and the Army Reserves for a combined total of 29 years. He said the Dog Tag in question looks real. Thank You for your time.

  7. janet maisel says:

    We want to fly down and visit the weekend of January 10-12, 2014. You will be open, right?

  8. Elizabeth says:

    My husband and I are visiting on the weekend of the 4th. I read your hours of operation and understand that you’re closed on the 4th. My question is, are you going to be open on Saturday and Sunday’s normal hours of that holiday weekend?

    • alon2392 says:

      Yes Elizabeth we will be open regular hours the Saturday and Sunday after the 4th. We look forward to you visit.

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