My kids also really liked the Russel Military Museum in Zion, Illinois which has a large outdoor area with over 300 vehicles including helicopters, tanks, jeeps and more. It’s close to the Wisconsin border, so you can visit this museum and the Civil War Museum in Kenosha in one day.
Another military museum my family enjoyed was the Camp Atterbury Museum, which also houses an outdoor veterans memorial. Located just outside Camp Atterbury in Edinburgh, Indiana, it covers the history of the military base and features military equipment dating back to World War II.
On a trip last year to Frankenmuth, Michigan, we stopped by the Michigan Heroes Museum, which honors the state’s military and space heroes and was quite interesting to browse.
The US Air Force National Museum in Dayton, Ohio is probably my favorite among the military museums we have been to. I had been there three years ago on a trip with my aunt and knew I had to go back with my kids. The following year, during spring break, we took a trip to Ohio and stopped there.
The place is huge and you could easily spend a full day there. It is the oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world, with over 360 airplanes and missiles on display. My favorite part was being able to get into some of the presidential planes.
There is so much to see there and it covers aviation history from the start. It is located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and hosts a number of traveling events and memorials.