The Fort Douglas Military Museum was registered by the Center for Military History as an official museum of the U.S. Army Museum System on 8 August 1974 with the date of establishment being two days later. Renovation of Building 32 began in June of that year. The Museum was dedicated on 26 October 1975 and officially opened on 14 May 1976. The sponsoring headquarters was the 96th Army Reserve command (ARCOM).
In 1981, Major General Michael Kauffman initiated a fund raising drive to develop the Cannon Park and statue of Major General Patrick E. Connor. This project was completed in 1986.
As a result of the Fort turn-over to the University of Utah in late 1988, the Museum came under the sponsorship of the Utah National Guard, where it remains today.
In addition to Building 32, buildings 31 and 55 were also identified as part of the Museum complex. Both of the buildings are part of the current Museum operations. In addition, building 35, located to the south of the Museum, has been under license from the US Army Reserve since 2003.
In 2000, it was determined that a major renovation and expansion was needed. As a result, a $6 million plan was developed. As of this date , an additional 6,000 square feet for a new main gallery and collections storage has been built and the existing electrical and HVAC systems have been replaced in the historical buildings.
In 2013 the Memorial Park, consisting of the Utah Fallen Warrior Memorial and the Women's Service Memorial was opened.
The Museum is currently in a major relocation and renovation project.
Through exhibits, educational programming and publications, the Museum seeks to engage and inform the public about Utah's rich military heritage. Our mission is to...
PRESERVE and interpret the history of Fort Douglas
EDUCATE visitors about the role of the military in the growth and development of Utah, and
HONOR all Utahns who have served their country in uniform.
In January 1975, the Fort Douglas Military Museum Association began its charter membership drive and on 18 June 1975, the Association was incorporated. Learn More Here.
1975-1977 MAJ John Bourne
1977-1979 Mr. Jerry McGaha
1979-1980 CPT (ret) Bob Van Ieperan
1980-1988 SGM (ret) Don Devere
1988-1989 CPT (ret) Bob Van Iperen
1989-1999 Mr. Jess McCall
2000-2007 Mr. Rulon "Jay" Nielson
2007-2012 Mr. Ephriam Dickson III
2012-Present Mr. Beau James Burgess
1999-2017 COL (ret) Robert S. Voyles
2017-2018 Mr. Tim Morris
2018- Mr. Beau James Burgess