JBLM Army museum reopening after renovation

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JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) -- A two-year renovation costing nearly $10 million put the Lewis Army Museum building at Joint Base Lewis-McChord back in good condition.

The three-story building was built by the Salvation Army in 1919 to house soldiers and their families. It became a military museum in 1973.

The News Tribune reports (http://is.gd/F1Pu6f ) repairs to the historic building used up the budget. The museum held a "soft opening" last week and hopes to open its full range of exhibits over the next year.

Visitors can see an exhibit showing Washington's early military history and look at cannons, tanks and missiles. Still to come are displays on military families, valor and Lewis-McChord's I (First) Corps.

The museum is open to the public on Thursdays. Schools can schedule field trips any day of the week.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com