By Amanda Sullivan, PAO Volunteer
Address: 495 S Dakota Avenue, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri 65473
Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m Mondays through Fridays; 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Saturdays
Know before you go:
- You will need to access Fort Leonard Wood to visit the complex. For more information on Gate Access, read our blog Fort Leonard Wood Gate Access.
- Admission is free for all areas and ages.
- Tours are self guided.
- Most areas are handicap accessible, however some areas may be difficult to navigate. You can call the museum for clarification.
- If you intend to visit all areas, plan to spend several hours at the complex.
- Photography is permitted within the complex.
The John B. Mahaffey Museum Complex offers self-guided walking tours of five areas
- Fort Leonard Wood World War II Complex
- Military Vehicle Complex
- United States Army Military Police Corps Museum
- United States Army Engineer Museum
- United States Army Chemical Corps Museum
The complex is named after John B. Mahaffey, an Army veteran who developed multiple programs for the Soldiers of Fort Leonard Wood.
Military Police Corps Museum
Originally opened at the Provost Marshal General Center (PMGC) at Fort Gordon, Georgia, in 1956, the museum later moved to Fort McClellan, Alabama, in 1976, along with the U.S. Army Military Police School. In 1999, the museum followed the school when it moved to Fort Leonard Wood.
The primary mission of the MP Corps Museum is to preserve the history of the MP Corps. Through interactive displays, authentic audio recordings and artifacts the museum takes you through the history of the MP Corps and their predecessors starting in 1775.
Engineer Corps Museum
The Engineer Corps is the oldest of the three branches represented in the museum. The Corps has a history dating back to the Revolutionary War showcased through artifacts, dioramas and displays.
Chemical Corps Museum
The Chemical Corps Museum was established following World War I to preserve the history of the U.S. Army Chemical Corps.
Originally established at Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland, it followed the US Army Chemical School to Fort McClellan, Alabama, and now calls Fort Leonard Wood home.
With over 6,000 artifacts and lifelike displays focusing on the history of biological, radiological, and chemical warfare spanning World War I to modern times, this museum is a must see!
Military Vehicle Complex
Across from the museum you will find the Military Vehicle Complex. The complex displays military vehicles and equipment, as well as a brief history of each item on display.
WWII Mobilization Area (Historic District)
Located across the street from the museum is the World War II Mobilization Area The district is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). The complex features various WWII era buildings including barracks, a mess hall, and chapel.
Many of the buildings are open for a self-guided walking tour allowing you to experience what life was like for a Soldier at Fort Leonard Wood throughout the history of the installation.
Attached to the WWII Mobilization areas are the MP, Engineer, and Chemical Corps Memorial Groves. They are not part of the museum complex, but are definitely worth a walk through.
These memorials stand as a remembrance and reminder of the ultimate sacrifice made by Soldiers throughout the history of the three Corps.
Please remember these areas are memorials and should be treated with the utmost respect.