West Point is the oldest continuously occupied military post in the United States. Located on the Hudson River in New York, West Point was identified by General George Washington as the most important strategic position in America during the American Revolution. Until January 1778, West Point was not occupied by the military. On January 27, 1778, Brigadier General Samuel Holden Parsons and his brigade crossed the ice on the Hudson River and climbed to the plain on West Point and from that day to the present, West Point has been occupied by the United States Army. It comprises approximately 16,000 acres (6,500 ha) including the campus of the United States Military Academy, which is commonly called "West Point".
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We had a combined bus walking tour of the Academy’s grounds. Tours begin at the visitor center and you can either do a 1.5 hour tour or a 2 hour tour. On our tour we made stops at the Main Cadet Chapel, Trophy Point, the Battle Monument and the Parade Field. The cadet chapel holds 1,000 and was built in 1910. Amazing the books are all perfectly aligned. During the tour you hear the history, learn the honor code, the motto. You see the homes of the superintendents. You hear of typical disciplinary actions for various offenses. The guide leads you through the rivalry between the academies and their shenanigans at Millionaire view. Make sure to leave time before you leave to visit the museum and gift shop. Many options
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Michie Stadium is on the grounds of the United States Military Academy at West Point. This is a fantastic place to watch a college football game. Seating capacity is 38,000 and I recommend getting upper deck tickets as close to the 50 yard line as possible. Seats are all aluminum bleachers so be sure to bring some seat pads or blankets, especially on cold days. Concession stands are located all over the stadium and are not at all expensive. $4 hot dogs, $4 soft drinks and $5 buckets of popcorn. It is an NCAA facility located on an active US Army Installation, so no alcohol sales within the stadium. Enjoy!
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The mission of the West Point Museum is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret historically significant artifacts pertaining to the United States Military Academy, United States Army and the Profession of Arms. The Museum supplements cadet academic, cultural and military instruction and provides educational programs and services for military and civilian personnel. As a public institution, the museum stimulates interest in the United States Military Academy, the United States Army and the Military profession. In addition to the main museum building in Olmsted Hall, the Museum also administers Fort Putnam which it operates seasonally. The Museum also maintains part of its collection on display on Post with the cannon collection on Trophy Point, The superintendant portraits in the Cadet Mess and artwork in many of the academic and administrative buildings. All visitors to the United States Military Academy are encouraged to tour the Museum to view what is considered to be the oldest and largest diversified public collection of miltaria in the Western Hemisphere. The Museum does not require ID to visit. ID for everyone over 16 will be needed if you plan to tour the Academy grounds. Please visit the West Point Garrision webpage for further visitor information.
We found so much to see in the West Point Museum. There are several floors so be sure to see them all. I really liked the large weapon area on the sub-basement floor. Then you have the small weapon floor in the basement. There are very nice exhibits on the first floor and second floor as well. The way the different areas are set up, you do not feel so overwhelmed because the artifacts are separated into several smaller galleries rather than all in one large area. There is a small gift shop in the museum that has some nice West Point postcards, books, etc. If you are taking the West Point Tour, allow time for yourself to see this museum as well as the exhibits in the Visitor Center. The museum is free and parking is free, too.
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Effective Nov. 6, 2020, and to align with New York State, CDC and Army Public Health guidance, access to the West Point Visitors Center will be limited to visitors from New York State or a contiguous state to New York. You must present a driver’s licenses/ID from either New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont or a DOD ID card. The Frederic V. Malek West Point Visitors Center opened Monday, December 4th, 2017. The building is home to 27,000 square feet of displays and exhibits, West Point Tours, the Visitors Control Center and the Army West Point Gift Shop. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. Closing at 1:00 p.m. on Nov. 25, Dec. 24 and Dec. 31.
The completely rebuilt and upgraded West Point visitors center includes displays of cadet life and graduate achievements, adjoining the West Point Museum. Due to physical security concerns, visitors to the Academy must now obtain a visitors pass to proceed through the gates of West Point beyond the visitors center, unless escorted by a cadet or faculty member. Passport or a state drivers license meeting Federal standards of verified identification are required to enter the Academy grounds beyond the visitors center which is in the town of Highland Falls. That can take an hour or more depending on how many other people are seeking the same credentials. So plan ahead and anticipate a delay, even if you have the required documents for each adult.
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