West Haven Veterans Museum & Learning Center

West Haven Veterans Museum & Learning Center West Haven Veterans Museum & Learning Center Directions: I-95S/I-95N: Exit 42; Turn right onto Sawmill Rd/Ct-162; Turn right onto Hood Terrace.
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A 501(c)3 Eduactional,Not-for-profit Organization. Admission is free. Donations are accepted. The MISSION of the Museum is to honor the men and women who served our State and Country during times of conflict and natural disasters and to collect and preserve artifacts that can help explain to future generations how our fighting men and women lived and survived while serving our Nation. Much of what

you'll see has been donated by Veterans or their Families. Some of these donations were extensive personal collections. Group Tours are welcome. Please contact us and a guided tour will be arranged. Tours can last from 2-3 hours depending on interest.

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. 82 years ago over 2,300 servicemen were killed in the attack. Today there are only 6 known...
12/07/2023

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. 82 years ago over 2,300 servicemen were killed in the attack. Today there are only 6 known survivors, ranging in age from 99 to 103 years old. God Bless America ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

The West Haven Veterans Museum & Learning Center will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Friday, 11/24/23. See you on Sat...
11/18/2023

The West Haven Veterans Museum & Learning Center will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Friday, 11/24/23. See you on Saturday, 11/25/23!

Happy Veterans Day from the members of the West Haven Veterans Museum and Learning Center ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿช–
11/11/2023

Happy Veterans Day from the members of the West Haven Veterans Museum and Learning Center ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿช–

11/10/2023

Today is the birthday of the United States Marine Corp. Semper fi ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Itโ€™s not too late to donate to the Veterans Day Matching Donation Fundraiser!! Donate at our website: whmilmuseum.org or...
11/04/2023

Itโ€™s not too late to donate to the Veterans Day Matching Donation Fundraiser!! Donate at our website: whmilmuseum.org or mail a check to: WHVM, 30 Hood terrace, West haven, CT 06516. Thank you for your consideration !!

We have a new display featuring Thomas painter, who is pictured on the seal of the city of West Haven ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
10/28/2023

We have a new display featuring Thomas painter, who is pictured on the seal of the city of West Haven ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

More new displays! The bride and her officer husband are Nina and John Gambardella, who were married in New Haven and li...
10/21/2023

More new displays! The bride and her officer husband are Nina and John Gambardella, who were married in New Haven and lived and raised their family in Branford. John survived 2 downed planes and brought back the parachute that saved his life. Ninaโ€™s wedding gown was made from the parachute and the family also has a christening gown made from the parachute they continue to use to this day ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธโค๏ธ

We have a very generous donor who is sponsoring a matching donation fundraiser up to $5,000 for the second year in a row...
10/12/2023

We have a very generous donor who is sponsoring a matching donation fundraiser up to $5,000 for the second year in a row! Please consider donating to West Haven Veterans Museum before Veterans Day, November 11th, to help us maximize this opportunity! Thank you for your consideration and God Bless America! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

We continue to reorganize our displays in the new cabinets. This display is Sergeant Gordon Bergman who served 2 tours i...
10/07/2023

We continue to reorganize our displays in the new cabinets. This display is Sergeant Gordon Bergman who served 2 tours in Vietnam. His wife, Ronnie, was kind enough to donate all his medals that are displayed with him. Gordon volunteered many years with WHVM. He passed away in 2020 and his absence is sorely felt. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

We have set up a new display of Master Sergeant Joseph Perrotti of New Haven, who served during WWII in Normandy, northe...
10/01/2023

We have set up a new display of Master Sergeant Joseph Perrotti of New Haven, who served during WWII in Normandy, northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Centeral Europe. We salute you and thank you for your service ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿช–

We are so pleased with our new display cabinets! FDR seems to like his new home. And our bride, Nina Gambardella, can st...
09/23/2023

We are so pleased with our new display cabinets! FDR seems to like his new home. And our bride, Nina Gambardella, can stretch out her train. We will be adding mannequins with her husband, John Gambardellaโ€™s, dress uniform and his Flying Tigers jacket. Come and check it out! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Stubby is such an important part of our museum๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
09/21/2023

Stubby is such an important part of our museum๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

in 1917, the 26th โ€œYankeeโ€ Division arrived in Saint-Nazaire, France.

They were the second American unit to deploy to WWI and the first from the National Guard.

Eventually they would find a little stowaway among their ranksโ€ฆand the rest, as they say, is history.

September 15th is National POW/MIA Recognition Day. We have a Missing Serviceman Table at the museum to remember all tho...
09/15/2023

September 15th is National POW/MIA Recognition Day. We have a Missing Serviceman Table at the museum to remember all those that never made it home. The book, Americaโ€™s White Table, describing the symbolism of the table was donated to the museum by the West Haven American Legion Ladies Auxiliary ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

We will never forget. God Bless all who died that day and in the days after, and God Bless America!๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
09/11/2023

We will never forget. God Bless all who died that day and in the days after, and God Bless America!๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

We are beginning to fill our new display cabinets. They are still evolving, but this is the start of our home front disp...
09/09/2023

We are beginning to fill our new display cabinets. They are still evolving, but this is the start of our home front display. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿช–

Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Labor Day! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
09/03/2023

Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Labor Day! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Our Korean era bunker ๐Ÿช–๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
08/27/2023

Our Korean era bunker ๐Ÿช–๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Our newest display cases are coming along! Come check us out! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿช–
08/20/2023

Our newest display cases are coming along! Come check us out! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿช–

August 14 is designated to recognize the Navajo Code Talkers. During  WWII, as the Japanese were breaking American codes...
08/12/2023

August 14 is designated to recognize the Navajo Code Talkers. During WWII, as the Japanese were breaking American codes as quickly as they could be devised, a small group of Navajo Indian Marines provided their country with itโ€™s only secure cryptogram.

Monday, August 7, is Purple Heart Day. The modern Purple Heart Medal was originally established by George Washington in ...
08/05/2023

Monday, August 7, is Purple Heart Day. The modern Purple Heart Medal was originally established by George Washington in 1782 as the Badge of Military Merit. It is awarded to military members wounded in combat and awarded posthumously to the next of kin of personnel killed or having died of wounds received in action. On the front of the Purple Heart is the profile of George Washington. Above is Washington's coat of arms, a shield of white with two horizontal bands of red, and above them three red stars with sprays of green leaves on either side. The reverse side of the Purple Heart is inscribed with "For Military Merit" and a space below for the recipient's name. The Purple Heart shown was awarded to Albert A. Stimpson during WWII.

We have an example of a โ€œbullseye canteen,โ€ that was used by both the North & South during the Civil War.
07/29/2023

We have an example of a โ€œbullseye canteen,โ€ that was used by both the North & South during the Civil War.

We are just beginning a new construction project at the museum, so please pardon our disruption ๐Ÿšง We are having display ...
07/22/2023

We are just beginning a new construction project at the museum, so please pardon our disruption ๐Ÿšง We are having display cases built along this wall to replace the free-standing cases that were there. We will be able to fit much more once the cabinets are complete!

Come see this model of the USS Holton, which took over 2,000 man hours to build. This display is one of the many amazing...
07/15/2023

Come see this model of the USS Holton, which took over 2,000 man hours to build. This display is one of the many amazing displays here at the West Haven Veterans Museum๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Please join us next Saturday for a presentation in the Edward Silver Media Center on the different types of animals that...
07/08/2023

Please join us next Saturday for a presentation in the Edward Silver Media Center on the different types of animals that have been used by the military throughout history ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

The cammo netting is a new addition to our WWII Guadalcanal Marine using a water-cooled machine gun. The name on the sid...
07/01/2023

The cammo netting is a new addition to our WWII Guadalcanal Marine using a water-cooled machine gun. The name on the side of the gun is โ€œLilโ€™ Angie.โ€ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿช–

We have a large collection of fabulous paintings and prints of aviation artwork by Andrew Whyte, who was an engineer at ...
06/24/2023

We have a large collection of fabulous paintings and prints of aviation artwork by Andrew Whyte, who was an engineer at Sikorsky for 43 years. He painted the covers for Sikorskyโ€™s monthly magazine. Come check out the many different aircraft captured in art. Contact the museum for pricing at: [email protected]. All proceeds will benefit WHVM ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

We have a display of a WWII soldier with an air-cooled machine gun. The boots on the soldier were worn by Captain Joseph...
06/17/2023

We have a display of a WWII soldier with an air-cooled machine gun. The boots on the soldier were worn by Captain Joseph Hildrich when he served with Co. A 1st Bn. 102nd Infantry Regiment, who earned the Combat Infantryman Badge and a Bronze Star ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿช–

The Normandy Invasion took place on June 6, 1944, under the code name Operation Neptune. It involved a 1,200-plane airbo...
06/03/2023

The Normandy Invasion took place on June 6, 1944, under the code name Operation Neptune. It involved a 1,200-plane airborne assault that was preceded by an amphibious assault involving more than 5,000 vessels. More than 160,000 troops crossed the English Channel on June 6th, and more than two million allied troops were in France by the end of August, 1944. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

We are looking for someone who can help us on a monthly basis to operate this floor cleaner. We have the tools but need ...
06/01/2023

We are looking for someone who can help us on a monthly basis to operate this floor cleaner. We have the tools but need the manpower! Contact us at [email protected] or call us at 203-934-1111. Thank you!

This is one of the displays at the West Haven Veterans Museum and Learning Center. It tells the story of Matthew Nastri,...
05/27/2023

This is one of the displays at the West Haven Veterans Museum and Learning Center. It tells the story of Matthew Nastri, a native of West Haven, who was killed in action during WWII. This weekend, May we all remember the sacrifices of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿช–

The Missing Servicemen Table is a reminder to respect the sacrifices of those who never returned from duty ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
05/21/2023

The Missing Servicemen Table is a reminder to respect the sacrifices of those who never returned from duty ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Did you know you can host your corporate or group event at the museum? Our media center, donated by the WH Rotary Club i...
05/09/2023

Did you know you can host your corporate or group event at the museum? Our media center, donated by the WH Rotary Club in memory of Edward Silver, is also available for use! Call us at 203-934-1111 ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

We recently acquired a rare WWI poster promoting the Third Liberty Loan Campaign -Boy Scouts of America Weapons for Libe...
04/30/2023

We recently acquired a rare WWI poster promoting the Third Liberty Loan Campaign -Boy Scouts of America Weapons for Liberty.

We have a portrait of the Battle of Seichprey, France, and a battle map from WWI. This was the first battle the 102nd In...
04/22/2023

We have a portrait of the Battle of Seichprey, France, and a battle map from WWI. This was the first battle the 102nd Infantry participated in ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Our Sgt Stubby exhibit with his handler Robert Conroy!
04/15/2023

Our Sgt Stubby exhibit with his handler Robert Conroy!

Today we had a wonderful group visit from the Eastern Blind Rehabilitation Center from the West Haven VA Medical Center....
04/15/2023

Today we had a wonderful group visit from the Eastern Blind Rehabilitation Center from the West Haven VA Medical Center. Thank you all for your service ๐Ÿซก๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

President Franklin D. Roosevelt died April 12, 1945 ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
04/13/2023

President Franklin D. Roosevelt died April 12, 1945 ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Happy Easter from the members of the West Haven Veterans Museum & Learning Center!
04/08/2023

Happy Easter from the members of the West Haven Veterans Museum & Learning Center!

Address

30 Hood Terrace
West Haven, CT
06516

Opening Hours

Thursday 10am - 2pm
Friday 10am - 2pm
Saturday 10am - 2pm

Telephone

(203) 934-1111

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