Fort McCoy's Commemorative Area, History Center & Equipment Park are located in the installation's 800 block and the area immediately surrounding.
The Commemorative Area consists of World War II-era buildings set aside to help tell Fort McCoy's unique story. These facilities, representative of the type found in the cantonment area when it was constructed in 1942, help to depict Soldier life during the 1940s. An administrative facility, a dining facility and one barracks are set up to represent use of each facility during the WWII era. Display items include bunk beds, footlockers and potbelly stoves. The other buildings, both barracks, house informational displays that highlight the events of WWII.
The History Center features displays of memorabilia that reflects the role the installation held throughout WWI, WWII, the Korean War, the Cuban Refugee Resettlement center operations, Operation Desert Storm and more.
The Equipment Park is an outdoor area used to display historical and present-day equipment representative of the types used on the installation. The design of the park allows for display of more than 70 pieces of equipment, ranging from helicopters and howitzers to trucks and trailers. A brochure featuring a park layout guide and information about each piece of equipment on display is available on site or a PDF version is available here.
The Commemorative Area is open only to groups of 15 or more. The History Center is open year-round to groups of 20 or more. Appointments can be made for both by contacting the Public Affairs Office by phone or email. Visitors have access to the Equipment Park year-round daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fort McCoy typically hosts an annual Open House each year on the third Saturday in May – Armed Forces Day. This is an excellent time to visit and no appointment required. All Commemorative Area buildings are open, guided installation bus tours are offered, and special activities are scheduled. For specific Open House information please visit the events calendar.