Just over a year ago, Arlington was announced as the new home of the National Medal of Honor Museum, and now the first rendering of the museum is here.
Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams joined museum board members Tuesday for a virtual press conference where the rendering and a progress update were released. According to officials, the museum is on track to open in Arlington’s entertainment district in 2024.
Williams said he and the city are honored to have a museum in Arlington that will be able to preserve the stories of individuals who went above and beyond their call of service. Among other things, the museum will house Medal of Honor recipients stories and in some cases their actual medals, he said.
“This place will inspire current and future generations with the ideals of courage, of integrity, patriotism, leadership, and sacrifice,” Williams said.
Since the museum was announced, over $61 million has been raised, said Charlotte Jones, National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation Board Chairman and Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President.
Jones said there is still a ways to go in fundraising for the museum but the support so far has been excellent with the donations putting the museum project ahead of schedule.
Helping with the fundraising is Arlington’s Tomorrow Foundation, through which a $3.5 million donation has been made, Jones said.
The museum will sit on five acres in Arlington’s entertainment district that already features Globe Life Field, Globe Life Park, AT&T Stadium and Texas Live.
In the museum, there will be the sections to honor the Medal of Honor award recipients and also educational sections, said Joe Daniels, National Medal of Honor Museum President and CEO.
Daniels said the museum will house classrooms for students from kindergarten through high school for educational opportunities. The Leadership Institute will serve as a conference space for speakers to come in and address the importance of character and moral leadership, he said.
The rendering of the museum was created by New York City based firm, Rafael Viñoly Architects.
The museum is accepting donations for funding, and is set to open in Arlington in 2024. For more on the National Medal of Honor Museum, visit it’s website.