Welcome to the Dahlgren Heritage Museum


2022 End-of-the-Year Campaign


This is our sixth and final week of fundraising prior to Giving Tuesday as we strive to reach our $15,000 goal.  We are so thankful for those who have already donated, and we are nearing four-fifths of the way there.  Your contributions will help us to share the stories of Dahlgren’s Pioneers – the men and women who over the past 104 years turned a test range in the middle of nowhere into a crown jewel of national defense.

Each week of this campaign we have shared with you a snippet of information about one of the pioneers that we will feature in the series of exhibits planned for production over the next several years.  We have also provided a visual representation of how your generous donations are adding up towards the goal.

This week’s featured pioneer is Dr. Charles Cohen, who worked at Dahlgren from 1944 to 1977 as a Navy Reserve Lieutenant and then a civilian mathematician.  As you may have read in a recent “Did You Know?” post on our website and Facebook, Dr. Cohen developed the first operational six-degree-of-freedom trajectory simulation at Dahlgren.  [According to Wikipedia: “Six degrees of freedom refers to the six mechanical degrees of freedom of movement of a rigid body in three-dimensional space.”]  Dr. Cohen also predicted that Earth’s gravitational field is pear-shaped.

If you would like to help us to achieve our goal of $15,000 by Giving Tuesday (Nov. 29th), please visit https://dahlgrenmuseum.org/the-foundation/donate/.  We are a 501(c)(3) corporation, so the donation is tax deductible.

Thank you for your support!

Sound Bytes of History

Please visit our new Sound Bytes of History page to learn more about the history we have to share with you and, potentially, to share some of the history you know with us.


Hours of Operation: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Dahlgren Heritage Foundation opened a new museum in King George County, Virginia, in October 2013, that serves as a center for community education, recreation, unique exhibits, and stunning naval artifacts. Through the efforts of many volunteers, this exciting project is off to a great start, and there are many ways that you can become involved. Using this website you can send us your comments and ideas, volunteer to help out, make an online donation, learn about upcoming museum events, become a member of the museum, or sign up to receive updates through our email newsletter.

If you would like to bring your group or organization to the museum on hours not listed above, please send us an email and we can make arrangements.

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