Housed in a two story barracks built in 1941, the Pennsylvania National Guard Military Museum showcases items and weapons from the Civil War to the Gulf War, as well as items that depict the history of the Pennsylvania National Guard and Fort Indian-town Gap.
A unique component of the museum lies in that a portion of the museum is set up “the way it was” in the early 1940s when the barracks were first used. Demonstrating that the Army did not provide“the comforts of home,” visitors see first hand the bare wood floors, walls and ceilings, the absence of window blinds or curtains, and that the only heat for the building was supplied by a coal furnace. Since the building lacked insulation, the frigid winter temperatures, as well as the heat of the summer, were felt by the soldiers not only outside but inside.
The plan to establish a Pennsylvania National Guard Military Museum was developed by Major General Frank Smoker in 1984. Approved by former Adjutant General of Pennsylvania, Major General Richard M. Scott, the museum was dedicated on December 18, 1986, and is concerned with the preservation of the Pennsylvania National Guard's and Fort Indiantown Gap's history.
Many of the items in the museum are from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, while other items come from private donations.