Discover the Sacrifice and Service of U.S. Military Chaplains in Wartime

The Chaplains Museum will be closed Monday, April 1 in observance of the Easter holiday. 

National Civil War Chaplains Museum

Throughout American history, military chaplains have exemplified servant leadership in the midst of the challenges of division and war as they worked to meet the spiritual needs of men and women in uniform.


Located on the campus of Liberty University, the Chaplains Museum features an extensive collection of objects and artifacts that tell the stories of U.S. military chaplains in the camp, on the battlefield, and among prisoners of war. Visitors will learn how chaplains from diverse backgrounds have used a variety of means and methods to carry out their ministry during times of war.


Serving with a Unique Purpose

Founded in 2005 as a private organization, the Chaplains Museum is now part of the History Department at Liberty University. Our mission is to showcase the service of U.S. Military Chaplains throughout American history through historical research and the collection and preservation of related artifacts.

The museum also functions as a student laboratory for research, exhibit design, collections care, and special projects.

The Chaplains Museum:

  • Collects, preserves, and studies objects and documents related to military chaplains
  • Encourages student research in topics related to religion in wartime, specifically in the context of military chaplains and their ministry
  • Presents programs that highlight the role of chaplains and military service in shaping the spiritual lives of those who serve in the armed forces

As part of the History Department at Liberty University, the Chaplains Museum has become an active learning laboratory for students.

Plan Your Visit to the Chaplains Museum

Monday through Friday 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Summer Hours (June, July, August)
Monday, Thursday, Friday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The museum is located in the Jerry Falwell Library on Liberty University’s Campus. Learn more about our location and parking.


Devoted to Service

Historically, U.S. military chaplains have performed many roles. They have preached, acted as personal counselors, cared for the sick and dying, handled military postal services, administered literacy programs, and in some cases even joined in battle. View the following exhibits and more at the Chaplains Museum.

Explore All Exhibits
Introducing the Chaplaincy: A History of Service
Shiloh Chapel: Religion and the Bible in Times of War
Partners in Service: Service Organizations Partnering With Chaplains
Service to the Suffering: Chaplains' Ministry in the Hospitals and Prison Camps
Diversity in Service: Unifying With a Common Purpose
Service on the Battlefield: Chaplains in the Midst of Battle
Service on the Homefront: Chaplains Ministry to the Families of Service Members
Chaplains in the Service of the Gospel: Evangelism in the Military

Take the accessible-friendly route to the Chaplains Museum.


Getting to the Museum

The Chaplains Museum can be found on the terrace level of the Jerry Falwell Library. The Library’s main exterior entrance is located at the southern end of the Academic Lawn.

Visitor parking passes are required daily excluding weekends. For further assistance or questions about the parking policy, see LUPD’s visitor parking information.

For directions to campus, shuttle information, and more, explore the university’s visitor’s guide.

You are invited to the unveiling of the most recently completed exhibit in the Chaplains Museum: Miss Melanie’s Parlor! Stop by the museum at 2:00 pm on Friday, April 19, or join us right here as we livestream to Instagram to be one of the first to see the final additions in our Service on the Homefront area.

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On April 1st, 1945, the largest amphibious operation of the Pacific Theatre of World War II topok place at Okinawa. This 82-day engagement was essential for establishing air bases for the continuing Allied effort against Japan. The United States deployed 103,000 soldiers, 3,000 aircraft and almost 300 support and troop transport ships. Americans suffered over 48,000 casualties in less than three months.

In the midst of brutal fighting, Chaplain V.L. Wuemberger, ministered to servicemembers and prisoners alike. This photo shows Chaplain Wuemberger giving a church service for captured Japanese soldiers. Chaplains like Wuemberger are well aware that the need for spiritual care is not subject to wartime prejudice. 

Today, we commemorate his ministry along with the valor and sacrifice of thousands of servicemen who contributed to Allied victory in World War II.

#Okinawa #WW2 #PacificTheatre #Chaplains
The Chaplains Museum will be closed Monday, April 1 in observance of the Easter holiday. Happy Easter!!

#easter #chaplainsmuseum


(434) 582-7090


Chaplains Museum

Liberty University Department of History

1971 University Blvd.

Lynchburg, VA 24515