Construction underway on national Army museum

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FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Gray DC) -- (9/3/2018) - It might not look like much now, but in just a few years, a new, 185,000 square foot building at Fort Belvoir, Va. will be transformed into a national museum honoring the sacrifice and service of American soldiers past and present.

It will be called the National Museum of the United States Army, and Dave Fabian of the Army Historical Foundation gave the Gray Television Washington News Bureau an exclusive a tour of the site.

"This is going to be comprehensive. It's going to be a museum in the sense that no other museum will be able to approach it," said Fabian.

Fabian is especially proud of the museum's Army and Society Gallery, which will explain how the Army has advanced the nation, and the Experiential Learning Center that will help student visitors test their geography, science, technology, engineering and math skills.

The museum's director, Tammy Call, showed off weapons, uniforms and even musical instruments that visitors will be able to learn about.

"I hope that our visitors really see a reflection of themselves in the stories we tell," said Call.

The museum is scheduled to open in spring 2020.

The money to build the museum comes entirely from private donations. The Army Historical Foundation still needs to raise $45 million of its $200 million goal.

For information on how to donate, click "Related Links" on the right side of this story.

For more information about the physical museum and its layout, click the "Web Extra" video above.