We are so excited to announce the proposed development of a new 40,000sqft Gulf Coast Museum of Military History and Veterans Advancement Center that will house over 12,000 military artifacts from the Revolutionary War to present day conflicts. It will showcase a 15,000sqft hangar display area for larger items such as Sherman tanks, jeeps, aircraft, larger artillery items as well as a 30ft scaled model of the USS Florida cruise missile submarine. There will be two (2) exterior military walk thru memorial gardens along with a 3500sqft lakefront lanai (deck) area and 4,000sqft ballroom space to use as a prime location for military ceremonies, weddings, presentations, and memorial services.
We are also proud to introduce the development and operation of the Veterans Advancement Center that will utilize 6,000sqft of the complex. From PTSD assistance and treatment through our partners at “Operation Open Arms” to housing assistance from “Homes for Heroes” as well as employment search programs geared to assist in placing our service men and women into internships with promising possibilities of long term employment development.
GCMMH will also serve as a satellite home for the Museum Studies program at Florida Gulf Coast University and will host museum studies classes, presentations, displays and other school related projects. Community youth education programs through area primary schools will also be a targeted focus.
With a strong emphasis on the Gulf Coast and Southwest Florida communities, we at GCMMH will strive to honor and assist our nations heroes all while preserving our storied military history and present a fascinating, interactive experience to the general public.
Your generous support will allow Gulf Coast Museum of Military History (GCMMH) to continue to organize and cultivate the programs involved within the main museum project and veteran’s advancement. From the land purchase and building process, through the implementation of the veterans’ services programs described herein, any given support brings GCMMH closer to the ultimate goal to Honor, Preserve, Present and Provide to our nations heroes.