Fort McCoy's Commemorative Area, History Center, Equipment Park & Veterans Memorial Plaza are located in the installation's 800 block and the area immediately surrounding.
The Commemorative Area is open to the general public on Fridays from noon - 4 p.m. and one Saturday a month, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Installation operations may supercede these hours, so please call 608-388-4209 for most up-to-date hours and days.
**Visitors without military ID will need to stop at the Visitor Control Center just outside the main gate for a visitor pass to get on to the installation. Each adult occupant of a vehicle without a military ID must be cleared by the Fort McCoy Police Department. On Saturdays, the Visitor Control Center is closed and visitors can receive a pass at the Main Gate.
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 Veterans Memorial Plaza is a tribute to all of the men and women who have served the nation during each era of Fort McCoy’s history. It consists of statues of Soldiers depicting eras of conflict starting from Fort McCoy's founding in 1909: World War 1, World War 2, Korean War, Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm/Shield/OIF/OEF.
Fort McCoy typically hosts an annual Armed Forces Day Open House each year on the third Saturday in May. 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.