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National Veterans Memorial and Museum

The National Veterans Memorial and Museum (NVMM), located on the downtown riverfront, opened in October 2018 and is the only place in America dedicated to telling the stories of veterans of all branches of military service over the course of all conflicts. The building itself is an architectural masterpiece, winning accolades from Architectural Digest for its curving lines and unique cast concrete construction in 2019.

The spiral nature of the memorial and museum's layout lends to a progression of storytelling, where you can learn more about individual veterans, like Columbus' own John Glenn, who was a catalyst for the creation of the memorial before his death in 2016.

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One area of the space is a circular catwalk with an enormous four-sided screen that shares in-depth reflections on service from veterans. The top floor offers a reflective space, with a powerful double-mirrored remembrance gallery that puts you in the place of a military family member receiving a flag at the service of a fallen service member. The lower level has space for rotating exhibitions.

If military service is part of your or your family's history, you can leave your own story behind at the museum. The Share Your Story space features a story booth where you can answer a series of prompts and questions to create a short video to record your story.

View inside the National Veterans Memorial and MuseumMain floor of National Veterans Memorial and Museum

Water feature outside of National Veterans Memorial and MuseumOutdoor stone wall with waterfalls

An outdoor rooftop area presents an amphitheater surrounded by the skyline of the city, where military homecoming ceremonies take place. Outdoors also features a 2.5-acre memorial grove where visitors can spend time in silent contemplation and reflection before returning to their daily lives. A grove of elm trees, a long stone wall with three waterfalls, and a reflecting pool provide a peaceful end to the visit. 

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