Operation Footlocker

Rent A Footlocker Today

Due to COVID-19, the Museum is temporarily suspending Operation Footlocker reservations for summer and fall 2020. Please check back soon for updates!


Traveling Artifact Trunks


The National WWII Museum has launched Operation Footlocker, providing schools across the country with unique hands-on opportunities to explore the history and lessons of World War II by analyzing WWII artifacts. These traveling trunks are designed to supplement WWII education in the classroom.

Each footlocker comes loaded with about 15 actual artifacts from World War II (not reproductions!). Of course, no weapons or ammunition are included. But there are ration books, V-mail letters, dog tags, sand from the beaches of Normandy and Iwo Jima, wartime magazines, a high school yearbook from the early 1940s, and many other artifacts, both commonplace and surprising. Footlockers come complete with white cotton gloves for handling the artifacts and a teacher’s manual that describes each object and contains directions for conducting artifact “reading” sessions.

Because of the fragile nature of some artifacts, we recommend the program for grades 5-12 and beyond. Turn your students into history detectives as they ponder the origins and uses of these real pieces of WWII history!

Cost: $75

If needed, have your finance officer assign a vendor number to the Museum before your request. We are happy to provide any required information.

Footlockers will be shipped via UPS and will include a prepaid return shipping label.

Footlockers can be kept at your school for one week.

Download the Operation Footlocker Teacher Manual in pdf format.

Operation Footlocker 2019-20 Reservation Form