FORT LEE — The United States Army Women’s Museum has completed an expansion and renovation; its grand reopening ceremony will be Nov. 2, 2018 at 2 p.m. at the museum. A remembrance garden will be a rededicated at 10:30 a.m. that day.

The museum underwent a $3 million expansion and renovation to its facility and gallery. It more than doubled the exhibit space from 5,000 sq. feet to 11,000 sq. feet and added five teaching galleries representing women’s contributions from 1775 to the post 9/11 timeframe. The museum art gallery, featuring an exhibition on the work of Sgt. Ann Tilson, a WWII Army artist, will be dedicated to the last Women’s Army Corps Command Sergeant Major Mary A. Lee. Also opening is a special exhibit titled The Voices Project, consisting of reflections from 12 female active duty, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard general officers, and Army Senior Executive Service civilians.

The rededication of the remembrance garden includes a 14th Army Band (Women’s Army Corps) memorial, and the Women in War outdoor exhibit.

The museum was opened in 2001 to recognize the contributions of women in the military. Since the Continental Army, women have served in some capacity in the Army. It is the only museum in the world dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of the contributions of women to the Army.

The museum tells the amazing story of female patriots who have served the nation from the American Revolution to present. The mission is to conserve, preserve and interpret artifacts and archives pertaining to the service of women in the U.S. Army.

The U.S. Army Women’s Museum also serves as an educational institution, providing military history training to soldiers, veterans, and the civilian community. A variety of programs are offered at the museum for visitors of all ages. They have active oral history, internship, and volunteer programs.

The US Army Women’s Museum is located at 2100 ‘A’ Adams Avenue, Fort Lee, near the Lee Gate. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Everything is free and open to the public: admission, tours, programs, and the research library. Tours are offered free to accommodate any size groups.

For more information on the museum, call 804-734-4327 or send an email to usarmy.lee.tradoc.mbx.leee-awmweb@mail.mil.