The AAF Tank Museum in Danville, Virginia is not your average military museum. In fact, it has one of the most extensive collections of tank and cavalry artifacts in the world!
The AAF Tank Museum (AAF stands for American Armoured Foundation), currently has over 120 tanks and artillery pieces in its 330,000 square foot display room. These aren't just any tanks, either. Many are rarely seen in collections - or anywhere!
There's a World War I M1917, and a German Mark IV Panzer tank from World War II. Both tanks are extremely rare. Other unusual tanks in the collection include an Iraqi T-72A tank captured during Operation Desert Storm, now displayed on top of a crushed car.
Many of the tanks are arranged in clean rows, like cars in a showroom or works of art. Others are displayed more dramatically, like the Iraqi tank mentioned above. The museum also has a fair share of mannequins, both for displaying historic uniforms and as dramatic props.
While the main focus of the AAF Tank Museum is definitely tanks, that's not all there is to see. The museum also displays uniforms, rifles, machine guns, bazookas, flamethrowers, helmets, flags, and other militariana. There are even special exhibits on Elvis' Military Years, Marilyn Monroe, and Eva Braun. The collection includes military items from 1509 to today and representing many different nations.
The AAF Tank Museum also hosts a variety of special events throughout the year. There are car crushings, hand grenade tossing contests, flamethrower demonstrations, and RC tank battles! The museum was originally located in Mattituck, NY but moved to Virginia in 2005 in a quest for more display space. They sure found it!
The AAF Tank Museum
3401 US Highway 29, Danville, VA 24540
Hours: 10am to 4pm. April thru December: Fridays and Saturdays. January through March: Saturdays only. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Most visits to the AAF Tank Museum take between 2 and 4 hours. Wheelchairs are available and benches are located throughout. The museum has no climate control, so dress accordingly. Group tours require 2 weeks advance notice. Private Tours are available. Visit the AAF Tank Museum website for more information.
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