Museum of Missouri Military History to reopen in new location this weekend


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JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri — A museum featuring a fighter jet, yesteryear tanks and other military artifacts is preparing to reopen in its new Jefferson City location.

The Museum of Missouri Military History will debut its nearly 7,000-square-foot facility Sunday, which will coincide with Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, the Jefferson City News-Tribune ( ) reported. The new location triples the amount of exhibit space.

Now located at the Missouri National Guard's Ike Skelton Training Site, the museum is home to dozens of themed exhibits, including large weaponry.

There's also a field tent set up for films, which is expected to be popular with field trip groups, and a corner with uniforms and items visitors can touch and try on. Visitors also can access additional information about each exhibit using their smartphones.

In 2012, the museum learned it would be moving to the larger location, offering it more work space, additional storage and a separate office for director Charles Machon.

The museum and its support systems — the Missouri Society for Military History and the Missouri National Guard Association — added to its collection, including 1967 Cobra attack helicopter and a restored World War II-era tank.

"From nothing in 1989 to this beautiful, new building is a statement in itself," society president Bob Wiegers said.

Information from: Jefferson City News Tribune,

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