1st Cavalry Division Museum

2218 Headquarters Ave,Building 2218, Fort Hood, TX 76544 - United States




Free Everyday

About the Museum

The 1st Cavalry Division Museum was established in 1971 to educate military personnel and the general public on the historic contributions of the 1st Cavalry Division and its subordinate units. The 1st Cavalry Division Museum's mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit artifacts that were used in the cavalry from 1855 to 1921 and in 1st Cavalry Division from 1921 to present.

Museum Tours

Museum Orientation: All Museum visitors receive a briefing from a Museum Staff Member when they enter the building and can view the indoor and outdoor exhibits at their leisure.

Guided Tours: The Museum staff will provide a personalized guided tour of the Museum. Visitors are encouraged to coordinate guided tours in advance to ensure availability.

Treasure Hunt: The Museum has developed a Treasure Hunt game for young visitors and it is available at the front desk. Children are asked to locate objects depicted on the Treasure Hunt sheet in the exhibits throughout the Museum.

1st Cavalry Division History Quiz: The Museum has developed a quiz for soldiers and older visitors that is also available at the front desk. Guests are asked to find answers to questions on 1st Cavalry Division History within the text of the Museum’s exhibits. 1st Cav soldiers complete this quiz as part of their Spur Ride requirements.
Living History Group demonstrates the M1866 Gatling Gun

Museum Educational Programs

The Museum offers a series of educational programs to inform Soldiers and the public on the history of the 1st Cavalry Division. Please contact the Museum for details and availability. Some of these programs include:

Museum Living History Group: The Museum has an established group that has been developed to help interpret the history of units in the Division. The group travels to locations and offers demonstrations of 1870's period uniforms and equipment as well as its replica Model 1866 Gatling gun.

Staff Rides: Historical programs include the Alamo Siege and Battle Tour and the Texas Frontier Forts Tour.

1st Cavalry Division Travelling Exhibit: The Museum offers a travelling exhibit on the history of the 1st Cavalry Division that can be displayed during unit events such as dining-outs and military balls. This is a desktop style exhibit that has photographs depicting a variety of historical events of the 1st Cavalry Division.

Threat weapon and vehicle training: The Museum offers hands on training on threat weapons as well as threat vehicle identification classes.

>Fort Hood Access

Getting on Base to Visit the Museum: Visitors without military credentials will require a base pass in order to visit. They must stop at Fort Hood's Marvin Leath Visitors Center which is adjacent to the Main Gate, just off of U.S. Hwy. 190 on T.J Mills Blvd. Procedures for obtaining a base pass can be found at the following information page:
Fort Hood Visitor Center


The 1st Cavalry Division Museum features artifacts dating from the 1840′s to present day which includes weaponry, uniforms, insignia, and equipment. The vehicle park surrounds the Museum and features tanks, armored vehicles, trucks, planes, and helicopters dating from WWII to Desert Storm.

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