West Point Things to Do

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    Visit the West Point Museum

    by Herkbert Written Jul 23, 2009

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    The West Point Museum, located just outside of the gates of the academy, has many excellent exhibits of both West Point and Military history. You can see everything from uniforms to weapons to battle scene mock ups.

    The building has many items that will really give you a perspective on what the military is about and also make you think about all the people who have been involved in the various wars and battles.

    MUSEUM HOURS: MONDAY - SUNDAY - 10:30 am to 4:15 pm
    Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day & New Year's Day

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    Tour the academy

    by Herkbert Updated Jul 23, 2009

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    We took a bus tour around the academy. The advantage of doing so was getting expert commentary on the various buildings, statues and history of West Point. The grounds and campus are expansive, so there is plenty to see.

    The fortifications at West Point were designed in 1778, and Thomas Jefferson officially established it as a military school in 1802. It is strategically located on the west bank of the Hudson River and was an important location during the revolutionary war.

    Many of the nations most elite military leaders were graduates of West Point, including Generals Grant and Lee who opposed each other during the civil war. The history is fascinating and definitely worth visiting to learn more of it.

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    U.S. Military Academy at West Point

    by apbeaches Updated Oct 15, 2008

    We got to the West Point Museum early in the morning and missed the first 2 hour tour. The line was :30 and we were the last for the second tour. There are only two 2 hr. tours daily. We easily killed three hours waiting for our tour. We explored the museum, gift shops, town of Highland Falls and the Visitor Center. There were photo ops. a :20 movie of the admission process and displays & photographs portraying the Revolutionary War to contemporary times.

    We toured the West Point Museum on our own. The large and small warfare galleries were interested & well presented. We saw grenades, tanks, bayonets, guns, as well as rare, historic & international firearms.

    We spent almost an hour touring the historic cemetery where Custer, Cushing, Thayer, Molly Corbin, Major General Cota, Goethals ... We sat in the Old Cadet Chapel on the grounds of the cemetery. The rest of the time we saw the parade grounds, monuments & statues, drove past sports fields & facilities as well as barracks & classes.

    Personally, I prefer Football Saturdays at West Point. An early tail gate party, watching the parade & an Army game in Michie Stadium.

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    West Point Museum

    by Wanderer001 Updated Mar 13, 2008
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    Being so close to home for me I used to come here on school field trips all the time. We never did go look at the small weapons for some reason. It is a very interesting look at the history of West Point as well as war itself. The museum is on the small side as far as museums go but has a vast collection that is rotated for showing. Admission is free, unless you would like to make a donation. Open Monday - Sunday 10:30 to 4:30

    In 1989 the public branch of the West Point Museum in Olmsted Hall was opened. The museum is made up of four floors, the frist and second floors have two dedicated wings on them. While the "basement" and "sub basement" have one dedicated exhibit area.

    The main entrance is on the first floor and has the History of Warfare wing, and the West Point wing. The West Point wing show the history of west point from its beginnings to the present day academy. The History of Warfare wing is just that this history of warfare from when people started waring to present day. Here you can see such things as Napoleon's sword and pistols, armor, as well as items surrendered by Nazi Germany.

    The second floor holds the History of the US Army, and American Wars wings. The History of the US army shows the conception of the army to the modern day solider. In the American Wars wing starts with the colonial militiamen through about Desert storm.

    The Basement level holds the Small Weapons. Here you can see the evolution of the hand held weapon from primitive clubs to modern day rifles. This area reminded me of a L shaped hall way it is kinda small and if you are extremely claustrophobic you might want to skip this floor. If you do check it out you will find all types of blades, rifles, hand guns, etc.

    The Sub basement holds the large weapons like the first tank, the cannon which fired the first American shot of WWI, and an atomic bomb like the one dropped on Nagasaki. Sadly this floor is closed right now for some renovations. However you can glance a few exhibits from the basement level. I took a picture of the atomic bomb half covered with a drop cloth over it in a very darkened room. It made it look pretty creepy.

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    See the Academy in the Fall

    by VeronicaG Updated Dec 31, 2005

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    Glorious Fall

    Our favorite time to visit is in the Fall. The campus is gorgeous with the brilliant colors of autumn this time of year. Take time to take it all in--it will thrill your senses. The wide views of the river and beyond make it a popular destination.

    The campus was studded with cannons of various types--I think my husband and grandson examined each one they came across. The walkway along the wall overlooking the river seemed to frame the vista, making it difficult to leave the scenic beauty behind as we moved on to other sights on the academy grounds.

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    Take a Tour of the Military Academy

    by VeronicaG Updated Nov 13, 2005

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    Our first visit to W.P. and the  ARTILLERY

    When we took our tour, the cadets were outside running the paces! It was interesting hearing about traditions of the school and seeing sights that were important to the history of the academy. Expect to see lots of artillery on the grounds!

    Bus tours of the academy are available. A one hour tour from April-Oct. begins at 9:45 am with the last tour at 3:30 pm. Sunday tours begin at 11:00 am.

    In November Mon.-Fri. tours are at 10 am and 11:30 am; 1 pm and 2:30 pm. Sat. and Fri.Nov.25 tours begin at 10 am and conclude at 3:30 pm.
    Sunday the tour begins at 11 am with the last tour at 3:30 pm

    From November-March tours are at 11:15 and 1:15 pm daily. The price for these tours is $9 for adults and $6 for those under 12.

    Two hours tours are also available.

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    See The Visitor Center

    by VeronicaG Updated Nov 8, 2005

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    The visitor's center at West Point is a good place to get a snap shot of cadet life--a room the actual size of the real thing is on display. Learn about the life of a cadet! There is an extensive gift shop and restrooms located here.

    Hours are 9:00 am-4:45 pm daily. Westpoint Tours takes you by bus through the grounds and stops at a few places, but you cannot randomly walk around on your own. There are no tours during graduation week. The center is not open on Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's Day.

    To get information about the tours, call 845-446-4724.

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    The museum there has some...

    by bokononist Written Oct 5, 2002

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    The museum there has some excellent displays and information on the history of the Academy and general military history. There's a section where you can see what life is like for today's cadets; I had no idea how much like a regular college it was until I went there. There's a nice little gift shop in the same building.

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  • The grounds of West Point

    by mattdog240 Written Jan 8, 2005

    All of the grounds on West Point are must see. There is so much history and tradiation. The buildings and forever views of the hudson valley are a must see. I know I work here as a firefighter.

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