Initiated in 2016 under the leadership of Lt. Gen. Vincent
Stewart, and in close collaboration with Smithsonian Exhibits and Emmy Award-winning Interface Media
Group, the DIA Museum was completed in 2020. Exceeding 10,000 square feet, the museum’s 44
exhibits, dozens of artifacts, eight interactive displays, six missiles, mannequins and many videos
convey six decades of DIA history, including its 87 chartered missions, and honor its workforce.
With compelling storytelling, visitors will learn of DIA’s global presence and how it shapes
world history. Additionally, the museum’s Heritage Gallery takes visitors back to the founding
of American military intelligence with George Washington, speaks to the successes of DIA’s
predecessors — the Bureau of Military Information and the Office of Strategic Services —
and shows how DIA formed from the bomber and missile gap controversies of the 1950s. With a better
understanding of why DIA exists and the range of missions it fulfills, visitors will appreciate the
Agency’s vital role in supporting national security.