The MacArthur Memorial is a museum and research center dedicated to preserving and presenting the story of the life of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur. The Memorial also pays tribute to the millions of men and women who served with General MacArthur in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War.
Situated in downtown Norfolk, VA the Memorial consists of a museum, archive and research center, education center, theater, welcome center, and a gift shop. A visit to the Memorial will allow you to explore the life of one of America’s greatest and most complex leaders. Admission is FREE.
Welcome to the MacArthur Memorial website! In his landmark 1962 West Point speech, General MacArthur issued a charge to “reach into the future, yet never neglect the past,” and that spirit drives the MacArthur Memorial staff and our partners in the General Douglas MacArthur Foundation. Please take some time to explore all the great content we have to offer.
April 2017 is a very important month for us, with several public events related to the centennial of American entry into the First World War and the fall of Bataan in 1942. On April 8 we have a symposium and exhibit opening on our exciting new WWI exhibit Over Here, Over There; on April 9 is an announcement of an important new addition to our archives – the Ben Steele Collection. Later in the month we are supporting the Chesapeake Bataan Death March event, Virginia History Day, and the Virginia International Tattoo. Check out the events calendar for more information.
If you live in or near Norfolk, we hope you will visit again soon. As always, anyone wishing to support our programs should join the MacArthur Committee by using the “Support/Join” tab above or this link.
Director, MacArthur Memorial
To mark the centennial of U.S. involvement in World War I, in April 2017 the MacArthur Memorial will open a new special exhibit entitled Over Here, Over There. This new exhibit will explain the causes of the U.S. entry into World War I and will explore wartime propaganda, the social fabric of America, the training of the American Expeditionary Force (A.E.F.) and the major campaigns fought by the A.E.F. The exhibit will also discuss the American homefront, including local efforts in the Hampton Roads area. More details to come!