The Lewis Army Museum is located in the Historic Red Shield Inn on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). The Lewis Army Museum is the only certified U.S. Army Museum on the West Coast. The Museum preserves and interprets historic artifacts relevant to Camp Lewis, Fort Lewis, and the role that the United States Army has played in the exploration, defense and development of the Pacific Northwest.
During 2017 the museum went through a major redesign. New exhibits feature full-scale dioramas, as well as immersive and interactive experiences.
The Pacific Northwest Gallery documents the role of the United States Army in developing the Pacific Northwest. Beginning with Lewis and Clark's exploration of the far west and continuing through the American Lake Maneuvers of the early 20th century.
The Lewis Gallery interprets the establishment of Camp Lewis and the history of Fort Lewis over the years.
The museum also features approximately an acre of outdoor exhibits which include a UH-1 "Huey" Helicopter, various experimental vehicle prototypes and armored vehicles.
Visiting the Museum
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA 98433
Visitors without military credentials will require a base pass in order to visit. Procedures for obtaining a base pass can be found at the following JBLM visitor's information page
Information Line: (253) 967-7206
(Museum Hours Only)
Museum Director: (253) 967-7207
Museum Curator: (253) 967-7208