Located in Fort Knox, the Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor is one of the most visited sites in Kentucky. Named after famous World War II general George S. Patton Jr., the museum is dedicated to preserve historical material relating to Cavalry and Armor. It houses outstanding exhibits that reflects the history and heritage
Established on May 30th, 1949, the museum is administered by the U.S. Army Armor Center, Fort Knox. It features armored equipment, weapons and memorabilia. The Patton Gallery showcases the personal artifacts of General George S. Patton.
The permanent exhibits provide a visual history of the development of America's armored force, as well as the tanks used by our adversaries. They are categorized into different sections- World War I, Inter War Period, World War II, the Cold War, and 1990 to the present. The World War I section holds French Renault FT-17 and British Mark V*-tanks used by U.S. militants during World War I. The armors and weapons used during the Inter-War Period, U.S. M4A3E8 Sherman, German Panzerkampfwagen III, U.S. M10 Tank Destroyer Soviet Union T34-85, U.S. M47 ‘Patton’ Tank, U.S. M48 ‘Patton’ Tank, and M551 Sheridan Light Tank are the highlights of permanent exhibits.
In addition to the above, it holds interesting artifacts that relate to the Army’s material culture which include the Berlin Wall and collections from Operation Iraqi Freedom. Multimedia and print archives that depict the army life of Elvis Presley are included in the visiting exhibits. The museum offers educational programs that help the students to explore the American History of the 20th Century through artifacts. Also, it provides a chance to recognize, handle and sort simple machines.
Within the Patton Museum is the Davis Memorial Library, which contains reference materials relating to mechanized cavalry and armored vehicles and equipment. Archive holdings consist of more than 5,000 cubic feet of original materials, 300,000 photographs, slides and negatives, maps, and posters.
A visit to this museum lets the visitors take a journey into the past.