Get ready to plan your visit to the Infantry Museum

June 14, 2009 

Here’s how to find the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center at Patriot Park and some things to do — in addition to touring the museum — when you get there:

GETTING THERE

Address: 1775 Legacy Way, Columbus, Ga., 31903

GPS address: 3800 South Lumpkin Road, Columbus, Ga., 31903

From I-185: Take Interstate 185 South to exit 1B. Merge onto Victory Drive and go 1.5 miles. Turn left on Fort Benning Road. Pass through old, unmanned Fort Benning gate. Turn right into park entrance.

From Columbus Civic Center: Travel east on Victory Drive for about 4 miles. Turn right on Fort Benning Road. Pass through old, unmanned Fort Benning gate. Turn right into park entrance.

HOURS

The museum is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. The IMAX theater and restaurant have different hours. It’s always a good idea to call and double-check times and events before making the drive.

COST

There is no charge to visit the museum’s galleries or exhibits. Participating in the laser shooting range in the Fort Benning gallery and attending movies in the IMAX theater does require the purchase of tickets.

DINING

The Fife and Drum is an upscale bistro featuring American fare and a full bar. A private dining area can accommodate 50 guests. Call for hours and go to the Web site for lunch and dinner menus.

IMAX THEATER

“Mysteries of Egypt” and “Everest” show daily through Sept. 3, and a full-length movie (most recently “Monsters vs. Aliens in 3D”) is shown regularly. A military-themed movie plays in non-IMAX format at 7 p.m. on Mondays. Contact the museum for listings, showtimes and ticket prices.

SHOPPING

The Soldier Store offers items such as clothing, books and jewelry.

SPECIAL HALLS

The Hall of Valor, a glass-enclosed space under the 100-yard ramp, honors the nearly 1,500 Infantry recipients of the Medal of Honor.

The Ranger Hall of Honor and the Officers Candidate School Hall of Honor are upstairs on the mezzanine level.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Call 706-685-5800 or go to www.nationalinfantrymuseum.com.

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