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Patton Museum at Fort Knox
4554 Fayette Avenue
Fort Knox, KY 40121
Phone: 502-624-3812
E-mail: [email protected]

Location: On 31W just south of the U.S. 60 intersection. The museum is actually on Fort Knox in Keyes Park off Chaffee Avenue. Visitors can reach the museum directly through the public parking off 31W. Alternatively, visitors may enter the installation through Brandenburg Station Road, Bouillon, or Wilson Road Gate and ask the guards for directions to the museum. NO WEAPONS ARE PERMITTED ON POST and the gate guards will not allow you to enter if you have a weapon with you. All gates require to show proper identification (required of everybody in vehicle over the age of 16), vehicle registration, and valid driver’s license. The vehicle is subject to search.

Handicapped Accessibility: Visitors must enter through one of the three gates (Brandenburg Station Road, Bouillon, or Wilson Road.) to utilize the handicapped parking spots immediately outside the museum door or park in the closer on post parking lot and avoid having to pass through the turnstiles of the outer public parking lot. This is advised for visitors in a wheelchair. Wheelchairs are available in the museum on request.

Guided & Self-Guided Tour Information

One of the key attractions at Fort Knox is the General George Patton Museum. This fascinating spot is home to a plethora of exhibits of great interest to casual and serious military fans alike. Unfortunately, they do not offer guided tours at this time. Self-guided tours are the typical means of exploring this institution. The WWII barracks exhibit is of particular note. Admission is free and opening hours are 9 am - 4:30 am, Tuesday through Saturday.

The Kentucky Bullion Depository is closed to visitors. US citizens with a valid ID can visit Fort Knox itself with a 5-day "fast pass." There is no need to pass through the visitor center as passes can be obtained online. The main visitor center is open from 6 am to 9 pm every day of the week. From here, you can obtain a 1-year visitor pass provided you are a US citizen aged 18 or older with valid ID.


Seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Holidays may have shortened hours.
Closed: Easter, Thanksgiving, December 24, 25, and 31 and January 1.

Patton Museum is also closed when Fort Knox is closed due to inclement weather. Museum is open to the general public and admission is free.

Contact us by mail at:
Patton Museum
P.O. Box 208
Fort Knox, KY 40121-0208

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