An Act To establish a National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board of the Smithsonian Institution, to authorize expansion of the Smithsonian Institution's facilities for portraying the contributions of the Armed Forces of the United States, and for other purposes

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  • A National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board is established in the Smithsonian Institution. The Board shall provide advice and assistance to the Regents on matters concerned with the portrayal of the contributions which the Armed Forces of the United States have made to American society and culture. The Board shall be composed of eleven members: Secretary of Defense, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, and nine members appointed by the President. The Board shall make bylaws, rules and regulations as it deems necessary. The Smithsonian shall commemorate and display the contributions made by the military forces of the Nation. The Smithsonian Institution shall interpret through dramatic display significant current problems affecting the Nation's security.
  • The Board of Regents is authorized to investigate and survey lands and buildings in and near the District of Columbia suitable for the display of military collections. The Board of Regents, after consulting with and seeking the advice of the Commission on Fine Arts, the National Capital Planning Commission, and the General Services Administration, shall submit recommendations to the Congress with respect to the acquisition of lands and buildings for such purpose. Buildings acquired pursuant to recommendations shall be used to house public exhibits and study collections that are not appropriate for the military exhibits on the Mall in the District of Columbia.
  • The heads of executive departments and independent agencies of the Government are authorized to transfer or loan to the Smithsonian Institution for its use without charge military, naval, aeronautical, and space objects, equipment and records for exhibition, historical, or other appropriate purposes.


  • Board of Regents
  • Commission on Fine Arts
  • United States General Services Administration
  • National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board (NAFMAB)
  • National Capital Planning Commission
  • United States. Secretary of Defense


Smithsonian Legal Documents

Legal document information

  • 75 Stat. 414
  • Title 20, Education
  • Public Law

Citation information

Statutes at Large

Contained within

75 Stat. 414 (1961); Pub. L. No. 87-186 (Book)

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


  • 1961
  • 08/30/1961


  • Military paraphernalia
  • Administrative agencies
  • Museums
  • National security
  • Military
  • Museum exhibits
  • Military history


Public Law

Physical description

Number of pages: 2; Page Numbers: 414-15

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