Warrior Dogs: Honoring the Service & Sacrifice of America’s Four-Legged Fighters

Opening with a Celebration on Saturday, February 24 at 3 pm
Tickets available now!

Warrior Dogs
Courage – Honor – Faithfulness – Sacrifice

In the Main Gallery from February 24 through August 25, 2024
presented in partnership with the Tug McGraw Foundation

Opening Celebration February 24, 2024 Tickets Available Now. Opens to the public February 25 at 10 am.
Honoring the service and sacrifice of American military and working dogs, this emotional, inspiring exhibition takes a deep dive into the heroic partnership between military dogs, their trainers and handlers and veterinarians, and other soldiers with whom they serve. The exhibition includes 17 lifesize wooden sculptures by acclaimed artist James Mellick from his “Wounded Warrior Dog” project. On display are Cairo, who deployed to Afghanistan with the U.S. Navy SEAL Team, and the debut of Mellick’s sculpture of Torque, the Huey Helicopter dog who represents the 4,000 canines who did not return from Vietnam after the war. A kid-friendly “petting dog” sculpture by James Mellick is also included.

Visitors of all ages will learn about the history of dogs in combat, about puppies “born to be brave,” their selection, training and specialized combat gear, and the handlers and trainers who make them battle-ready. Discover, through rare photos and stories, the extraordinary bonds warrior dogs share with the armed forces they serve and protect. A portion of the exhibition is dedicated to working dogs serving with Veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress, First Responders, Law Enforcement Firefighters, and other civilian forces.  

Support the Museum and the Tug McGraw Foundation by shopping our exclusive Warrior Dog merchandise in our Museum Store and online, and adorn your own canine warrior!

Important Exhibition Note: Some exhibition sculptures depict images that could be sensitive for children and Veterans. Visitor discretion is advised.

Warrior Dogs is a family-friendly exhibition for humans. For the safety of visitors and preservation of objects on loan, only Service Animals* are allowed in the galleries. There will be special events, however, where animal companions and pets will be welcomed on the outdoor patio and Museum Terrace. Visit our website and sign up for our newsletter to be notified of these events!

*a service animal is defined by the ADA as a Dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. Certain dogs from K-9 and other law enforcement units will be welcomed in the galleries by prior arrangement with the Museum. Please contact info@napavalleymuseum.org 

 

Photo Credit: Marine Corps Cpl. Tanner Seims “Raid Ready” – Larry, a Marine Corps military working dog, waits to begin a training raid with Marines at Camp Lejeune, N.C., June 9, 2019


WARRIOR DOGS ADMISSION PRICES (not including Opening Celebration)
Museum Members:                                Free (Not a member? Join Now)
Non-Member Adults (18 to under 65):   $15.00
Non-Members Seniors (65+), Veterans, Law Enforcement and First-Responders   $10.00
Youth (6–17):                                          $5.00
Yountville Veterans Home Residents, Active Duty Military,Children (5 and under):  Free 
Audio tours and add-ons at additional cost.

Special thanks to
Tug McGraw Foundation and Jennifer Brusstar
James Mellick
Robert Sakuta and Leslie Flowers of the Marco Island Art Museum
Kris Stone
the Town of Yountville
Napa County Board of Supervisors
and the members and supporters of Napa Valley Museum Yountville

Featured image above: “Handshake” Photo Credit: U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Sabrina Candiaflores

Photo of “Not Forgotten” (2015) by James Mellick, courtesy of the artist