National Medal of Honor Leadership & Education Center

The Experience

The National Medal Of Honor Leadership
& Education Center

The National Medal of Honor Leadership & Education Center will be a destination unlike any other facility in the nation, providing individuals with a transformative journey that expands beyond the Congressional Medal of Honor Museum.

Inspired by the leadership traits exemplified by Medal of Honor recipients, The Center will offer curated educational programs to transcend the museum’s lessons of courage into everyday life. Online programs, classrooms, meeting rooms, and a resource center will allow visitors, school groups, and college classes the ability to continue education and leadership goals. The Center will also act as a collaborative space for organizations and partner programs.

Lush outdoor courtyards will provide visitors with spaces for reflection, while the architecture and interior design will allow for a powerful sensory experience.

The Center will also be the home of the National Medal of Honor Society headquarters, whose mission is to preserve Medal of Honor recipient archives and curate national education programs.

Experience the Leadership and Education Center

The Medal of Honor is the highest award of military valor and has been bestowed upon more than 3,500 courageous soldiers for valiant and honorable actions in wartime conflicts. In our mission to inspire American leadership, the National Medal of Honor Leadership & Education Center Experience will be located land side, and designed to act in concert with the Congressional Medal of Honor Museum, which is located on board the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum.

The Congressional Medal of Honor Museum is designed to bring the courageous wartime stories of Medal of Honor recipients to life — across all military branches, from the Civil War to the present day. The National Medal of Honor Leadership & Education Experience Center will be a curated visitor experience designed with immersive, multimedia exhibits to emphasize what unites us as Americans; to promote Medal of Honor values; to provide context to understand the recipient’s stories; and to inspire visitors to positively shape their futures.

With artifacts, galleries, immersive demonstrations, and experiential exhibits, the facility will evoke unparalleled emotion and:

  • Tell the dramatic, inspirational stories of ordinary people thrust into extraordinary moments. How they responded reflects how they were prepared and why their values mattered then (and matter still).

  • Provide a broader understanding of citizenship over self, overcoming adversity, and making crucial decisions in critical moments.

  • Encourage timeless explorations of ethical decision making and applying Medal of Honor experiences into our present contexts of business, healthcare, education, and more.

This curriculum aims to help learners prepare to meet their own moments by putting them in interactive scenarios and situations that ask them to exercise these values in the process of making tough decisions.

Dr. Justin Habash

Director of Education and Leadership Programs


Located in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, adjacent to the historic Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum and other military attractions, the Charleston Harbor’s serene waterfront with marsh grass, dolphins. and manatees—along with the famous Ravenel Bridge—will serve as the backdrop of the new National Medal of Honor Leadership & Education Center.

The Congressional Medal of Honor Museum is located aboard the USS Yorktown.  The experience center embedded in the National Medal of Honor Leadership & Experience Center facility is designed to help citizens understand how to incorporate the Medal of Honor Values in their everyday lives, providing curated exhibit space and interactive experiences.

Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina was designated the national site of the Congressional Medal of Honor Museum, enacted by the Senate and House Of Representatives of the United States of America in the 106th Congress session on September 24, 1999. This museum is the only Medal of Honor museum recognized by the United States Congress.