A collection of more than 35 operational armored vehicles from WW II that are presented for the purpose of honoring our armed forces and the nation’s largest veterans population while offering an immersion experience for visitors who discover the heroes within their own families.
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“Our goal is to bring the sights and sounds of American history to a new generation and thereby pay tribute to those who defended our freedoms.”
In a move designed to further strengthen Nassau County’s destination tourism industry, while simultaneously providing a new source of revenue for the county’s park system, the 25,000-square-foot Museum of American Armor was born, just inside the grounds of the Old Bethpage Village Restoration.
The ability of the museum to create a military armored column among vintage farm houses and country roads, accurately replicating the sights and sounds of American forces during World War II, stands as one of the most compelling educational tools our region has at its disposal, in telling the seminal story of American courage, valor, and sacrifice—a virtual time machine, if you will.
Despite its fearsome reputation, only about 1,500 were built before the factories were overrun by advancing troops. While the Tiger was an outstanding design, it was over-engineered, used expensive materials, and was labor intensive to construct at a time when the German war machine was running out of both raw materials and time.
The Tiger was also prone to certain types of track failures and breakdowns, and was limited in range by its high fuel consumption. Still, it faced its enemy with a mighty 88 mm cannon, 92 rounds of armor-piercing ammunition, and considerable frontal armor of nearly four inches, giving it a weight of approximately 54 tons.
The Tiger remains one of the rarest of World War II artifacts, with only seven accounted for in the world.
This operational replica is built from a Soviet Cold War era T-55 tank, which had a similar weight, height and width as the Tiger.
Its place within the museum’s collection underscores the extent of the deadly weapons confronted by those who fought on behalf of freedom and humanity during World War II.
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Museum of American Armor