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The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor offers visitors an incredible journey through military history as well as reminders of human sacrifice and the cost of freedom. We invite you to visit our 7500 square foot facility in New York's Hudson River Valley.

Exhibits

Timeline Corridor

Photographic History Time Line
A photographic journey from World War I through Afghanistan commemorates the sacrifices of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Honoring the Branches of Service
Each branch of service is represented with an artifact case highlighting that sacrifices are being honored across all branches of service.

Timeline Interactive touchscreen
Learn about the range of conflicts for which the Purple Heart has been available: From the Civil War through Operation Enduring Freedom.

Connection to Place
Four cases depict the connection of our site to this location, from the American Revolution to Temple Hill Day, May 28, 1932.

Evolution of the Purple Heart
The corridor ends with a brief evolution of the award and a silent video tribute from Purple Heart recipients.

Ceremonial Grounds

The Ceremonial Grounds, just outside of the main gallery space provides a contemplative space where visitors can reflect upon their experiences within the Hall of Honor. Purple Heart recipients can also choose to have their awards presented on these grounds.

Main Exhibition Gallery

The themes of the main gallery are anchored by a powerful sculpture of a wounded soldier being carried to safety by two comrades.
Artifact cases highlight the changing nature of warfare, combatants and medical care. The theme “Every Purple Heart has a story to tell” is represented by personal story cases of recipients as well as by the stories told in other themed displays. The theme from Battlefield to Care is told in the words of recipients,covering battlefield injuries to coming home.

The Roll of Honor
Visitors may sit at one of the six computer stations and access The Purple Heart Roll of Honor by engaging with an interactive computer database. The Roll of Honor is an ongoing work in progress. As we build the nation’s first comprehensive database of Purple Heart recipients, we greatly appreciate your assistance in collecting accurate information on all whose names and stories should be remembered here. If you would like more information, please ask one of our staff members. Enrollment packets are available at the gift shop.

Oral History Stories
Two Oral History stations are located in the main gallery. Visitors can search by name, branch of service, conflict or theme (How I Got Wounded; How It Changed My Life; and For Those Who Died In Service) to hear Purple Heart recipients relate their experiences.

Video Presentation
The theatre space in the main gallery offers a 10 minute video featuring 9 Purple Heart recipients telling the story of how they earned their Purple Hearts.

Group Visitation at the Hall of Honor

Group visits are welcome and encouraged at the Hall of Honor. Organized group visits fall in to two categories: Adult Groups and Educational Groups. Educational groups include schools, camps, Scouts and other organizations which serve student aged visitors.
All group visits of 10 or more individuals require advance reservations.

Please Note
New York State Historic Sites are largely accessible. Please let us know if anyone in your group has any mobility issues. If your group does have members with limited mobility, please let us know in advance and we can plan accordingly.

Bus Parking
There are several spaces reserved for buses in the parking lot in front of the building. Please do not leave buses engines idling.

Eating on Site
No food, drinks or chewing gum in the buildings please. In fair weather, there are picnic tables outside on our grounds. Please leave all food on the bus, or consult the staff about an appropriate area for storing them until lunch time. If you would like information on local restaurants, please speak with a staff member. No food or drinks are sold on site, but water fountains are available.

Photography Policy
Photographs and video images are for personal use only. Permission is required for all other uses of images taken at the facility.
Please feel free to take outdoor photographs.
Indoor photography is permitted without flash as the light from flashes can damage old and fragile artifacts.

Please Note
The Badge of Military Merit is a copyrighted image and may not be used without written permission of the State of New York

Cancellations & Changes to Your Visit
If you must cancel or change any details of you visit (E.G., arrival time, number in group, etc). Please alert us as soon as possible by calling 845-561-1765 or 1-877-28HONOR If possible, please speak directly with a member of the staff.

Adult Group Visits

Educational Group Visits

School, Camp, Scout, Church Youth groups etc.

The Hall of Honor not only seeks to preserve the stories of Purple Heart recipients, but to educate visitors about the award and the recipients. Our "Soldiers Across Time" educational program looks at the evolution of the Purple Heart through the changing nature of America's military history as seen through the common soldier, sailor and airman. Group participants will learn about soldier life and equipment as they also compare the stories of Purple Heart recipients from the Civil War to the current time.

As an educational program, Soldiers Across Time" supports New York State Social Studies addresses the Curricular themes of Time, Continuity, and Change; Geography, Humans, and the Environment; and Power, Authority, and Governance. In addition the program provides an opportunity to apply the Social Studies practices of Gathering, Interpreting, and Using Evidence; Chronological Reasoning and Causation; and Comparison and Contextualization.

Chaperone Policy: For groups of students/children, we strongly recommend a ratio of 1 chaperone for every 10 children.

Gift Shop
The gift shop is located in the front entrance of the Hall of Honor. When visiting with students, please chaperone them in this area. Due to its small size, we recommend admitting no more than 6 students at a time into the shop, and ask that group chaperones oversee these logistics.

If you are also visiting the Cantonment's outdoor living history area, we suggest dressing for the weather (including footwear).

Museum Manners
If you are guiding or chaperoning groups of young visitors, please remind everyone before arrival of the following rules:

Gift Shop

Visit the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Gift Shop to find a selection of distinct selection of merchandise.

Hall of Honor Merchandise: Ornaments, Mugs, Hats, Car Ribbons, Bookmarks, and more.

Books: Up Front! By Bill Mauldin; Kontum Diary (signed by the Author, and Purple Heart recipient Paul Reed); Medic! and many other titles.

Purple Heart Edition Artwork by John Gould An exclusive collection of Framed and Matted Prints, Tiles, Magnets and Postcards featuring Historic Hudson Valley scenes.

Unique Toys: An assortment of uncommon Colonial Toys, Books, Educational Games and Stocking Stuffers sparking a child's interest in History while participating in hands-on fun.

Location

Hours

  • Monday - closed
  • Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Please call for Holiday Hours

Visitors with Special Needs

  • Motorized wheelchairs permitted
  • Handicap accessible restrooms
  • Elevator