The National Vietnam War Museum

The Vietnam Experience - Rembering, Honoring, Understandin

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12685 Mineral Wells Hwy, Weatherford, Texas
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Museum Location

The National Vietnam War Museum site is situated on a twelve-acre site in western Parker County, Texas, just east of the city of Mineral Wells, approximately 40 minutes west of Fort Worth. The property is fronted by US Highway 180 and is just east of the entrance to Lake Mineral Wells State Park, the most visited state park in Texas.

above: Introduction to the purpose of
The National Vietnam War Museum
- by Roger Staubach

Museum Concepts

Visitors to The National Vietnam War Museum will find that exhibits are presented as a series of staged settings, much like a theatrical presentation. Instead of a traditional museum with aisles of cases, artifacts will be incorporated into the displays themselves. The various galleries will resemble "snapshots" of events relating to the United States' involvement in Vietnam. Visitors will find themselves transported into these scenarios that will take advantage of photographs, documents, and other graphic and audiovisual presentations to recreate the feelings associated with the presented events. Artifacts will be displayed as they were used, thus enhancing the realism of the setting, and providing visitors with more opportunities for reflection.

A timeline will guide visitors through the galleries, where they will be greeted at each "stage" by different "guides" representing a wide variety of people living during the Vietnam Era, from military personnel to protesters. Video kiosks will provide background information narration with film and still photograph displays.
Exhibit Layout

Focal Points

  • Introduction
  • Large Tactical Map
  • Advisors' Camp
  • Street Diorama
  • Brown Water Navy & Tunnel Complex Diorama
  • Field Commant Tent
  • LBJ Multi-Television Console
  • Negotiating Table
  • Saigon Rooftop
  • POW Color Guard
  • Ft. Wolters Helicopter

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Future Construction

The Museum Board of Directors has hired a general contractor who is prepared to build the main museum building in 4 phases:

Phase 1 is a 2 story building with 10,000 sq ft on the ground floor, 8,000 on the second floor and a covered porch. This facility will house 3 galleries: Introduction, The Home Front, and the History of Camp/Fort Wolters. These galleries may be rotated at some point.

Phase 2 is an additional structure connected to the back of phase 1 and will be another 18,000 square feet similar to phase 1. It will house two or three of our galleries that will be determined later and a theatre.

Phase 3 is an additional structure connected to the back of phase 2 and will be another 18,000 square feet similar to phases 1 and 2. This phase will house an additional 2 or 3 galleries to be determined later.

Phase 4 will add two wings to the first 3 phases that will total approximately 26,000 square feet and will house the remaining galleries.

Early construction preparation has begun for Phase 1 and the board has targeted a groundbreaking for phase 1 in 2016 with construction completed in 2017. Phases 2, 3, and 4 will be added as necessary after the opening of phase 1.

The National Vietnam War Museum
2016 Construction Plan - Phase 1 of 4

The time has come, the walrus said, to talk of many things.
-Lewis Carroll

Museum Building Specifications

  • 2-story building – designed to grow through four phases, as needed, and as funds permit, to over 80,000 square feet.
  • Room for all planned galleries and more
  • Elevator to the second floor
  • Covered porch at the entrance

front view
above: Front View

main building

Phase 1 Specifications

  • 2-story building
  • 10,000 square feet on ground floor
  • Elevator to the second floor
  • Three exhibits in Phase 1 (can be rotated)
  • Gift shop
  • Restrooms
  • Covered porch at the entrance

phase 1

interior dimensions 1

interior dimensions 2

exterior view

Phase 1 Galleries

Additional galleries will be added in future phases or rotated in the phase one facility.

Gallery 1 - The Introduction

large tactical map

Gallery 2 - The Home Front

lbj mutli tv console

Gallery 3 - The History of Fort/Camp Wolters

fort wolters helicopter

When? How?

  • We can break ground as soon as funds are available or pledged.
  • Allow 6 months for construction weather permitting.
  • Dr. Ray Sherry of Cleburne will oversee all phases of the project.
  • We can have a grand opening in 2016 - with your help.

How can you help?

  • Turnkey Construction requires: $1,000,000
  • Currently in the bank: $167,000
  • Lead donors provide: $200,000
  • Builders Club Members: One time donationof $10,000 (6 members so far: Messinger, McMullen, Anonymous, Werst, Kessler, FWCVHPA)
  • Other donor levels available. Everyone can help!


Creating an Understanding of the Vietnam War Era

The National Vietnam War Museum seeks to create for each visitor an understanding of this era in history. Guests will be provided the opportunity to clear up the misconceptions that have arisen, over the years, about the Vietnam War. The exhibits will provide different viewpoints, encourage visitors to raise questions, and provide them with the information necessary to form their own opinions and challenge longstanding misunderstandings.

Just as the reflecting pool outside the building and the contemplative garden settings around the Museum provide for reflection, visitors will be aware of the many opportunities to reflect on the experiences they have within the museum. This opportunity will be built into the entire museum concept.

While we tend to think of the Vietnam War as being primarily a part of the 1960s, the Museum will show involvement that extends far beyond that decade. And the experience in Vietnam had far-reaching significance around the globe. This involvement and experience will be reflected in the various exhibits and galleries of The National Vietnam War Museum.


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