Econo Lodge Inn & Suites at Ft. Benning
4483 Victory Dr.
Columbus, GA 31903
Phone: (706) 682-3803
Fax: (706) 687-9128
Arts & Museums
Featuring over 200-years of military history, the National Infantry Museum & Soldier Center takes you back in time through memorabilia, exhibits, and more.
The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center opened in 2009 with one mission: to honor Soldiers, both past and present. This state-of-the-art facility tells the story of the United States Army Infantryman, from the fields of the American Revolution to the sands of Afghanistan. This 190,000 square-foot facility houses an amazing display of artifacts from all eras of American history and contains numerous interactive multimedia exhibits, telling the story of our nation's past with the latest in technological innovation.
The National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus is distinguished as being the lone museum in U.S. that describes the tale of the Union and Confederate navies during the Civil War. It contains American Civil War military vessels, uniforms, equipment and weapons of that period. But the main focal point is the 180-foot (55 m) hull of the CSS Jackson which was sunk during the Civil War and recovered from the bed of the Chattahoochee river in the 1960s. The guided tours are highly informative and there is a museum shop to look for mementos. The museum also regularly arranges for interactive events like the battle experience theater and an interactive Confederate ironclad ship simulator.
A wide variety of subjects which pay tribute to the Confederate Navy is showcased at this 40,000 square foot museum that features displays such as two original Civil War military vessels, uniforms, equipment, and weapons used by the Union and Confederate navies. Interactive exhibits are also on site such as a Confederate ironclad ship simulator which offers visitors an opportunity to experience 19th century naval combat first hand.
As the name alludes, this museum is a dedication to an important aspect of a student's backpack, the lunch box. Located within International Marketplace's River Market Antique Mall, the Lunch Box Museum features over 2000 of these food containers, from the early 20th-century metal boxes to present day plastic kits. Allen Woodall's fascination with these lesser appreciated accessory led him to establish this museum. Guests can even purchase a replication of a box on display.
The second largest art museum in Georgia and one of the largest in the Southeast, this museum contains a rich collection of regional history artifacts and American art and features a hands-on discovery gallery for children, a fine arts decorative gallery, a regional history gallery, and changing exhibits of regional art.
Experience a simulated mission in the Challenger Learning Center while at this science center that also offers interactive, hands-on exhibits designed to sharpen science, math, and communication skills in children. Wonderful planetarium shows are also featured at this center.