2024 Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award Honoree

The Museum of American Armor

The Museum of American Armor

Gary Lewi
Board Member

Now in its tenth year, the Museum of American Armor has been providing a compelling, intergenerational educational experience for students and families across Long Island. Occupying 25,000 square feet on the grounds of the Old Bethpage Village Restoration, the museum is a virtual time machine designed to tell the story of our nation’s military courage, valor and sacrifice.

As students walk into the building they will discover a fleet of operational armor vehicles and a host of weapons that were deployed by our troops to break the back of the Axis powers when civilization hung in the balance. And that’s just on a regular day.

Throughout the year, the Armor Museum hosts special events that immerse visitors even more deeply in this pivotal period of history. One such event, The Armor Experience, transports students back to 1944 and places them in a convoy of armor vehicles. These tanks and halftracks are similar to those used by Allied forces to push back German troops, liberating Europe from Nazi oppression. Outfitted in period gear, students are accompanied by living historians as they face a sudden ambush from the enemy hiding in nearby woods. G.l.s shout warnings as a platoon leader barks orders and a scout car erupts in smoke from enemy fire.

By accurately recreating the sights and sounds of World War II, the Museum of American Armor honors all those who have served in American fighting forces, defending our freedoms and creating a legacy of courage, valor, and sacrifice.