Visit The Museum

The National Stars and Stripes Museum and Library is the only museum in the United States dedicated to the history of our nation’s military newspaper.


Through exhibits and programs The Stars and Stripes National Museum and Library offers a unique and important view of some of the most pivotal moments in modern history. The Museum highlights the history of the Stars and Stripes from the very first issue, printed by Union troops in November 1861, through the wars of the 20th century, and into the modern era. 

Civil War Room

The Civil War Room

On November 9, 1861, Union troops printed the first edition of the Stars and Stripes newspaper. Learn more about the reasons behind the paper’s publication and other editions printed during the Civil War. 

The WWI Room

Entering via our replica WWI trench, Visitors will learn more about the main editors, the cartoonists, and some of the Doughboy poetry printed in the WWI Stars and Stripes.

WWII Section

In this section, the exhibits focus on the Battle of the Bulge, the Invasion of Normandy, and Striper Spotlights. 

Korean War Section

This exhibit features a former Striper, Frank Praytor, and the doorknob from the Peace Pagoda.

Vietnam War Section

This exhibit features former Stripers, Gary Cooper and Steve Kroft. 

Modern Era

This section features the Gulf War to present.