In 2013, the Gen. George Patton Museum and Center of Leadership reopened to the public after undergoing an extensive three-year, $5 million renovation.
The museum’s cavalry and armor exhibits were relocated to Fort Benning, Georgia, in 2010, but the entire Patton collection, including the iconic ivory handle pistols, remained at Fort Knox as the centerpiece of the new museum.
The museum’s mission has evolved to tell the stories of Army leadership from 1775 to the present. Patton’s personal legacy and accomplishments are now woven throughout the museum to teach these important lessons while showcasing his personal effects and memorabilia.
Other exhibits examine examples of Army leadership. Examples include: Meuse-Argonne (1918), the Kasserine Pass (1943) and even the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon.
Through the use of a visitor’s smartphone or Wi-Fi enabled device, exhibits come alive with the aid of the museum’s augmented reality technology. By scanning a QR label found on most artifacts, the user will have access to audio, video and photos pertaining to the object. These features, coupled with the museum’s new focus and design, make it the ideal tool to teach ROTC cadets training at Fort Knox important leadership lessons they will use throughout their careers in the U.S. Army.
Those wishing to visit the museum should enter through the Chaffee (Main) Gate and follow the directional signs. The museum is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. It is closed on federal holidays. The museum is free and open to the general public. Group tours are available with reservations.
For more information, call (502) 624-6350 or visit the museum’s website at www.generalpatton.org.