The WSMR Museum
The Mission of the White Sands Missile Range Museum is “to collect, preserve, and interpret the history of the greater White Sands area – its peoples, lands, and technological contributions in support of the United States Armed Forces – from the prehistoric era to the present.”
The WSMR Museum
The White Sands Missile Range Museum was established in 1994 to collect, preserve, and exhibit artifacts and other materials relating to the history of WSMR and the Tularosa Basin. Over time, we have changed and expanded our mission, scope of exhibition, and supporting functions to include the history of the surrounding lands’ native peoples and cultures, its flora and fauna, and natural geology and landscapes.
As of June 2020, the WSMR Museum consists of the following permanent galleries and exhibits:
The Story of White Sands’ Lands and Peoples
The Army in Early New Mexico
White Sands Proving Ground and Missile Range
Missile Park and the V-2
The Museum is currently in the planning and design phase of several large exhibit projects. Below are some that we are very excited to announce. Updates and announcements will be made through the WSMR Public Affairs Office, our Facebook page, and this website.
The WSMR Museum Permanent Gallery
Begun in 2017, this project aims to create a state-of-the-art permanent exhibit space that doubles our previous indoors exhibit space. Highlights of this exhibit will include:
Larger-than-life high resolution images and graphics
A new and improved exhibit storyline
Interactive media kiosks and touchscreen monitors
An emphasis on STEM activities and research that placed WSMR on the cutting edge of emergent Army technology
As of 2020, this exhibit is being planned and designed in a collaborative effort between WSMR Museum staff and professional exhibit designers at the US Army Center of Military History. Its anticipated completion date will be in October 2021.
The WSMR Museum STEM Education Center
Due to WSMR’s heavy technological footprint, it is only natural that the Museum address how advances in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) have changed the world. While the new exhibit gallery will tell the history of STEM applications at WSMR, the Education Center will dive into the academic curriculum of each discipline. In collaboration with local educators, subject-matter experts, and educational organizations and institutions, the Education Center will offer interactive and immersive models, simulations, lessons, and curricula that complies with Federal “Common Core” and New Mexico “STEM Ready” standards.
Launch Complex 33
Darren Court, Museum Curator
Jenn Jett, Museum Specialist
Jenn Jett earned her Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and International Studies from Ohio State University and is currently a Master of Arts student in the Museum Studies and Digital Curation program at Johns Hopkins University. She is also pursuing certification in archival sciences through the Society of American Archivists.
Jenn is a former US Army Air Defense Artillery officer commissioned out of the Ohio State University Army ROTC program and has had the privilege to have served worldwide from Tirana, Albania to Okinawa, Japan. Prior to moving to White Sands Missile Range, she was a full-time graduate intern, serving as an archival lead and curatorial assistant at the Lewis Army Museum on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA from 2017-2020. From 2019-2020, she interned for the Washington Secretary of State’s Office at the Washington State Archives in Olympia.