This month my wife Liz and I went on a long weekend trip to
The museum is not very big and is actually mostly non-Bataan related, but it is still good. It is free to visit. I liked the sections on the Spanish American War and World War One. I thought the Bataan/Philippines section focused too much on the Bataan Death March. Having read the story of the defense of the
Philippines, especially in the Bataan
peninsula, there are many incredible stories of holding back the Japanese. I highly recommend the book Bataan: Our Last Ditch: The Bataan Campaign, 1942 by John W. Whitman. Post WWII the museum touches on all the major
conflicts. The museum staff employee at
the museum was very approachable and talked to us about the various WWII
veterans living in
and shared some stories he was told.
Maybe because there was only Liz and I, and a Father and Son visiting
the museum first thing in the morning he shared the stories, but I am sure he
would be completely open to giving a guided tour around the museum. Behind the museum outside there is an area
dedicated to vehicles/artillery and a helicopter. Santa Fe
All in all, well worth stopping in and checking out the museum if in the area. Both Liz and I enjoyed the museum.