The U.S. Army Basic Combat Training Museum is an official Army museum located on Fort Jackson just outside of Columbia, SC. The museum’s 7,500+ square feet of exhibit space are dedicated to telling the story of how training in the U.S. Army has developed since 1917 when Fort Jackson, then known as Camp Jackson, first opened. Through the museum’s galleries visitors follow the schedule of basic combat training in 2011, learning along the way how the separate elements of training have evolved since WWI.
The museum is free and open to the public, Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm. On Family Day, the museum hours are extended from 9am – 6pm to accommodate the friends and family members of basic combat training graduates at Fort Jackson.
The Basic Combat Training Museum is an element of the Center of Military History (CMH). The Center Of Military History, which reports to the
Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army, is responsible for the appropriate use of history throughout the United States Army.