Plan Your Visit
Visitors may enter our parking lot through the entrance gate on 31W.
The General Patton Museum is located in Fort Knox, KY, just off of Highway 31W. Visitors may enter our parking lot off of the gate just north of the Museum. Visitors do not need to enter through Fort Knox or obtain a visitor pass at the Chaffee Gate.
Address4554 Fayette Avenue
Fort Knox, Kentucky
Entering the museum
Getting to the Museum is easy! Simply come in the main gate off of Highway 31W aka Dixie Highway.When approaching on northbound 31W, the entrance is on your right next to our sign.
Do not enter Fort Knox through the Chaffee Gate. If you have visited in the past, and have used the Chaffee Gate to enter Fort Knox, this is no longer the way to access the Museum. Visitors no longer need to worry about securing a visitor pass to get onto Fort Knox so it’s never been easier to visit the Patton Museum! Simply pull into our parking lot and we will see you here!
NOTICE OF UPCOMING CLOSURES:
Nov. 10 — Closed for Veterans Day
Nov. 18 — Closed
Nov 23 – MON 27 — Closed Thanksgiving Weekend
Dec. 16 – Jan. 1 — Closed for Holiday Season
9:00am – 4:30pm — Tuesday thru Saturday
Admission to the museum is always free and open to the public. If you’d like to contribute, donations can be dropped in our donation box in the lobby. You can also donate online by clicking here.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: I visited the museum over 12 years ago and there were way more tanks – what happened? WHO DID THIS? HOW COULD YOU LET THIS HAPPEN?? HOW DARE YOU!!!
A: First of all, lighten up Francis. The museum staff get this question almost daily and often are accused of somehow being personally involved in this decision (our curator was a 2nd Lieutenant at the time!). A little over ten years ago, the US Army Armor Center and School moved from Fort Knox to Fort Benning (Now Fort Moore), Georgia. This decision was made at the highest levels of the US Government and the Defense Department. Because official US Army Museums exist primarily to support the training of Soldiers, the majority of armor artifacts moved with the Armor School where they continue to train the next generation of tankers. The Patton Museum took on the mission of Leadership Education for the thousands of Senior ROTC Cadets attending training each year at Fort Knox. Our museum continues to use vehicles in our exhibits to teach leadership. The Armor and Cavalry Collection is in good hands and continues to grow with vehicles being moved from other Army Museums. While not normally open to public, the US Army Armor and Cavalry Collection hosts several open house days per year. Information about these open house days and the collection can be found here:
Q: Where is the King Tiger / Royal Tiger / Tiger II / “Big German Tank I saw in 1998”?
A: It’s safe in the US Army Armor and Cavalry Collection – see link above.
Q: How do I get to the museum? My GPS took me on to Fort Knox and now I’m at a closed gate.
A: If you’re at the closed gate on Fayette Ave there is a sign on the gate telling you how to get to the museum. After over two years of trying to contact Apple Maps and Waze, only Google Maps updated their GPS to the new museum gate located on US 31W. If you have a direct line to someone at Apple or Waze to get our GPS directions updated, please help us.
Link to Google Maps:
Q: Was General Patton murdered or assassinated?
A: No, his car accident in 1945 had far too many unplanned stops to be anything other than an accident that resulted in General Patton’s injury. Patton’s accidental death at the height of his fame is no different than many other celebrities who died at the height of their fame – it continues to draw conspiracy theories and sell publications.
Q: My ancestor served with General Patton, can you look up their records?
A: The museum does not own or have access to individual service records. Contact the National Personnel Records Center at National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) | National Archives Also – when Soldiers from World War II were discharged, they were often given an extra copy of their discharge paperwork to put on file with their County clerk. Try contacting the County Clerk of the County the veteran resided in when discharged, this may be easier than requesting the file from the NPRC listed above.
Q: I’m doing research on General Patton and need access to your archives.
A: Due to limited museum staff, our archives are generally closed to outside research. The majority of our Patton-related paperwork is manuals and certificates owned by the General. Patton’s complete military personnel file can be viewed / downloaded from the National Archives here:
General Patton’s papers and diaries are held by the Library of Congress, some of the papers are digital:
Q: Do you appraise or authenticate artifacts?
A: The museum staff will not appraise any items. The staff is happy to collaborate with our peers at other museums about artifacts, but we do not authenticate items for private or commercial entities – ie we won’t certify that it’s really General Patton’s toothpick holder so it does better at the next “Questionable Collectables” auction.
Q: I have potential artifact(s) I’d like to donate, how do I do that?
A: Army Museums are fairly selective in artifacts they agree to take as donations due to limited storage space and having multiple examples already in the museum system. The first step is always sending photos and a description to email@example.com DO NOT SEND ITEMS DIRECTLY TO THE MUSEUM WITHOUT PRIOR STAFF PERMISSION. ITEMS RECEIVED WITHOUT NOTICE WILL BE RETURNED TO SENDER OR MAY BE DISPOSED OF IF THE SENDER CANNOT BE REACHED. Seriously, don’t. We lose half a day re-packing it and it costs taxpayer money to ship it back. Send a photo via email first.
Q: Do you take loans for exhibit?
A: Only in very rare circumstances. Sending a photo and description of the item to firstname.lastname@example.org is the first step.
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