The American Freedom Museum illuminates the American experience during crucial moments in our nation's history. From the hills and valleys of the American Revolution to the sands of Iraq and Afghanistan, you will step into history and discover the journey of those in our nation's military who have courageously and heroically sacrificed to ensure the many freedoms that we enjoy today. Our mission is to Honor American veteran's and military personnel for the sacrifices they have made for our freedoms; Educate this and future generations about our rich heritage; and Inspire others to achieve greatness. This is America's story. This is your story.
Whether you are a local resident, an educator wanting to challenge and inspire your students, traveling through on business or visiting family and friends, the American Freedom Museum is a "must see" in the Tyler/East Texas area.
The Museum is open to the public on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Visits on Mondays, Tuesdays,Thursdays and Fridays are by appointment only for groups of 15 or more.
May 1, 1960 - An American U-2 spy plane flying at 60,000 feet was shot down over Sverdlovsk in central Russia the evening before a summit meeting between President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Soviet Russia's Premier Nikita Khrushchev. The incident caused a cancellation of the meeting and heightened Cold War tensions. The pilot, CIA agent Francis Gary Powers, survived the crash, and was tried, convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison by a Russian court. Two years later he was released to America in exchange for an imprisoned Soviet spy. Upon his return to America, he encountered a hostile public which believed he should not have allowed himself to be captured alive. He died in a helicopter crash in 1977.
"Today I took one of my daughters and her three sons to the Museum. Thank you for the gift of such a meaningful experience. My grandsons are 9, 11, and 13. We stayed nearly two hours and they were completely attentive. They all asked to return for a longer visit. The depth of the message and the consistent Christian thread reminded us of God's hand in our country's story. I love history and have visited many American museums. This is Snithsonian quality with a sense of respect and awe that is unparalleled. It was emotional but not Maudlin. It left permanent impressions on all of us. Thank you so very much for dedicating your time and resources to make this availble to us. I will be telling all my friends abiut this "hidden treasure." (Hawkins, TX)
"Thank you for your collection and your heart and respect for our men and women who protect us daily. God Bless You All." (Utica, Ohio)
"Wonderful Museum, one of the best I've seen!" (Peoria, AZ)
"A hidden jewel - so much history. Loved It!" (Houston, TX)
"Great Museum! Should be required for every school child." (Hideaway, TX)