COME Take a tour WITH US At the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center

Our staff and volunteers offer many types of tours. We frequently add new artifacts, memorabilia and heart-touching stories. Our latest exhibits share veterans perspectives on the conflicts in Vietnam and Korea. For 20 years we have made it our mission to honor and commemorate Major Bong and all proceeding veterans. Please join us in doing so.

Superior Wisconsin Winter Activity History Bong

Major Richard Ira Bong: US WWII 'Ace of Aces'
& WISONSIN'S hometown hero

The first of nine children, born in 1920 to a Swedish immigrant father and American-born mother, Richard Bong’s upbringing epitomized the values and expectations of that era and the “All American Boy”. Loyalty to his family and nation – a deep sense of patriotism started at a young age.

Make a Difference Today

At the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center, we are more than a museum; we are a home. We are a living tribute to those who served and a vital educational resource for our community and beyond. Join us in our noble endeavor to honor, remember, learn, and inspire.





Putting on our thinking cap

For Generations To Come – We honor and share military history by involving intergenerational experiences for all. Not only do we offer school and large group tours, but we have pioneered new programs for all ages! Our programs even come to your classroom/area. Our footlocker Programs can even ship across the US for a fun & interactive way to learn about America’s Ace of Aces. Ask us about youth opportunities to take a group tour, become a volunteer and friend to our current youth living-history volunteers, or just to get involved with History more than you may already do – we want to hear from you!

older couple in red sweaters photo op!

Events at THE Bong Center

We plan, host and participate in numerous annual events here at the Bong Veterans Center and within our local communities of Duluth, Superior & Poplar. Join us for an upcoming event and get to know us, the good old-fashioned Wisconsin way! 😉

You can rent our facility as well, contact us in advance to arrange for your celebration of life, anniversary, or reunion!



Delve into the life of Major Richard Ira Bong, America’s top flying Ace of World War II. Learn about his humble beginnings, heroic deeds, and the lasting impact he has left on our nation and local community.

Bong Collection

Our artifact collection of more than15,000 items includes: Military uniforms, numerous Military weapons, Military equipment, local and national souvenirs, and many personal Veteran keepsakes. 

Veterans' Stories

Hear the voices of Veterans through our dynamic exhibits and multimedia presentations – each telling a unique tale of courage, sacrifice and service from WWII to modern conflicts.

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