Kruse Museums - WWII Victory Museum

5634 County Road 11A
Auburn, IN 46706



The World War II Victory Museum endeavors to honor and preserve the experiences of individuals and nations during the Second World War and celebrate the perseverance and victory of the world’s citizens over the largest armed conflict in world history through:

  • Relating the personal, human aspect of the war.
  • The promotion of further research and study of the war, its causes, and its consequences
  • Highlighting social, technological, and political change as hastened by the war.
  • The identification of menaces to liberty, justice, and peace and the stressing of vigilance in defending against such threats.
  • Highlighting the positive values and human qualities of character that inspired and made feasible the world victory over Nazism and fascism.
  • Emphasizing the relevance of the lessons of the Second World War to today’s world and the importance of these lessons.
  • Stressing education by experience over education by simple observation.
  • The acquisition, restoration, preservation, exhibition, and interpretation of artifacts pertaining to the Second World War;
  • Serving as a memorial to those who served during the Second World War.
  • Service to living veterans of the war.
  • Recording the history of those war survivors who are still living.


The World War II Victory Museum believes that many strong and important lessons exist that should be learned from the American and world experience in the Second World War. Accordingly, a primary focus of the museum will be efforts to teach lessons on topics such as preserving liberty and freedom, duty and unselfish service in the extension of justice, the American spirit, and the values that enabled the WWII generation to achieve remarkable victory both during and after the Second World War. In order to most effectively relate and exemplify these lessons, the World War II Victory Museum, its staff, and its board of directors will stress:

  The highest moral and ethical standards of conduct for those associated with the museum. Traits that will be stressed include but are not limited to integrity, honesty, diligence, generosity, fairness, and general goodwill towards mankind.

  Honor and respect for individuals and their rights in accordance with common decency and the founding principles of the United States of America.

  Advanced training and education for its staff in order to maximize the quality of all museum programs and the cultural and educational benefits that are offered to museum visitors and the public.

  Multi-sensory presentation in museum galleries to encourage learning through experience rather than simple observation.

  The relevance and importance to today’s world of the lessons that are inherent in the WWII experience.

  The use of primary learning sources.

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