George C. Marshall Museum
340 VMI Parade, Lexington, VA 24450 - United States
George C. Marshall's contributions to our nation and the world cannot be overstated. He was the organizer of victory and the architect of peace during and following World War II. He won the war, and he won the peace. His characteristics of honesty, integrity, and selfless service stand as shining examples for those who study the past and for those generations who will learn about him in the future. The Marshall Foundation is dedicated to celebrating his legacy. Marshall’s career touched on many of the key events of the 20th century—as a new Army officer following the Philippine insurrection, as a member of the staff of General of the Armies John J. Pershing during World War I, as U.S. Army Chief of Staff during War World II, as Secretary of State and the architect of European economic recovery following WWII, and as Secretary of Defense during the Korean War. He is the only person to have served in these three highest positions. Our museum showcases artifacts from his unparalleled career, including a Jeep, Mussolini's broadsword, an Enigma machine, an Oscar and his actual Nobel Peace Prize.
Following the showing of an introductory video, you are free to conduct a self-guided tour. Marshall’s early years in Uniontown, PA, at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, VA and his Army service before and during World War I are in the main lobby. The Organizer of Victory exhibit in the west wing focuses on General Marshall’s leadership, including his many innovations and contributions to winning World War II. The Soldier of Peace exhibit in the east wing features Marshall’s leadership after World War II, including the Nobel Peace Prize he received in 1953 for his contributions to restoring the European economy through the Marshall Plan. The lower gallery features our new exhibit "Marshall in 30 Objects," which collects 30 artifacts and documents that tell the story of Marshall's career, personal life, and character. The large “talking map” that dominates the west wall in the World War II wing remains a popular feature. It recounts the course of the war as Marshall could have explained it. The illuminated wall map was designed by the National Geographic Society, and the text was provided by Forrest C. Pogue, Marshall’s biographer. It will be another highlight among many during your visit.
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