The museum is small but well done. Extremely well done. Every exhibit is life size. You start off in a World War 1 trench and it is full scale. The soldiers seen advancing towards your position are as big as you are. It was pretty dark in there and while I had been given permission to use my camera I did not want to use my flash. The few pictures that turned out are still pretty dark and little fuzzy.
Here is a World War 2 soldier climbing down into a Higgins Boat which is the auditorium for the D-Day film. When the film ends the screen rises and you walk out of the boat onto Omaha Beach.
There are shells, mines, mud, etc in the beach. Its a little rocky to walk on but really adds to the experience.
In front of the museum is a tank park with about 15 tanks. You are encouraged to climb on them and the kids do. My niece took to that part immediately but my son was a bit scared of the tanks at first. After a bit though he really took to it and had a great time.
My buddy Ian had suggested seeing this museum and his advice was perfect. The museum is west of Chicago in Wheaton, Illinois. Go to http://www.firstdivisionmuseum.org/ to learn more about the museum's exhibits and hours. On a Saturday admittance to the park was $8 a car (we had four in the car so $2 a person was a great deal), but once in the park the museum, the house and gardens are free. My only complaint is that there was not a gift shop, I would have bought a First Division pin and probably some sort of army realted toy for my son.