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US Cavalry Museum, Fort Riley

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The U. S. Cavalry Museum is located in Fort Riley's historic main post district. Originally constructed in 1855 for use as a hospital, the building was remodeled and became headquarters to the Cavalry and Light Artillery School in 1890. In 1957, the building was designated as home for the Cavalry Museum. Visitors may enjoy exhibit galleries that take them on a historic tour of the cavalry's material culture - from the Revolutionary War through the branches inactivation in 1950. A temporary gallery also chronicles special phases in the history of this colorful post. The museum includes an art collection with works by Fredric Remington and contemparary artists Don Stivers and Don Troiani.

The US Cavalry Museum's hours are: Monday - Saturday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm, Sunday 12:00 - 4:30 pm. Closed on New Years Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The 1st Infantry Division Museum is located in Fort Riley's historic main post district, situated next door to the US Cavalry Museum. The First Infantry Division Museum tells the story of the Army's most storied division. Formed in 1917, the First Division has carved its name into the annals of our nation's military history. Campaigns from the trenches of World War I to the beaches of North Africa, Sicily and Normandy begins this story of service and sacrifice. The jungles of Southeast Asia, the rough terrain of the Balkans and the deserts of Southwest Asia are settings for the more recent history of the Big Red One. The 1st Infantry Division Museum's hours are: Monday - Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 - 4:00 pm. Closed on New Years Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Custer is historic quarters refurbished with 1870's furniture. Open daily, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Monday - Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm; Sunday 1 pm - 4 pm. Closed on New Year's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
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  • It is closed for renovations. Very disappointed that we planned our route and times to include this visit only to be turned away. Surely they could have posted this on their website. 
    It is closed for renovations. Very disappointed that we planned our route and times to include this visit only to be turned away. Surely they could have posted this on their website.  more »
  • I was passing through Kansas and saw the sign for the US Cavalry Museum at Fort Riley. Being a cavalryman (2nd Calavlry Regiment, 1967- 68) I had to stop. I was glad I did. The Post has beautiful.....  more
    I was passing through Kansas and saw the sign for the US Cavalry Museum at Fort Riley. Being a cavalryman (2nd Calavlry Regiment, 1967- 68) I had to stop. I was glad I did. The Post has beautiful.....  more »
  • My wife and I were on an extended road trip to a family reunion. On the way home, we were going to Abilene, KS to see the Eisenhower home, library, and museum. We saw a sign on I-70 advertising the... 
    My wife and I were on an extended road trip to a family reunion. On the way home, we were going to Abilene, KS to see the Eisenhower home, library, and museum. We saw a sign on I-70 advertising the...  more »
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  • If you love history and military, this is the greatest place to visit. Trace the history of the US cavalry from revolution. Very beautiful and great atmosphere in there. In my opinion, this is the greatest place to learning about history for children. Unfortunately, the museum is closed. I don't know because of covid or not. I really wish they will open soon.
  • Beautiful museum...needs to open up again !
  • A must see if you're on base. It's informative and breathtaking
  • Currently closed for renovations. Great historic buildings. Glad to see they aren’t being destroyed!
  • I enjoyed the small cavalry museum itself but the us army doesn't make it convenient to visit. For starters you have to get a gate pass at the building to the right before your allowed to drive on post. If someone had not warned me ahead of time I would have drive up to the gate only to be turned away and directed back to the office building. Once inside the first thing they tell you is that the museum is under remodel and currently not at its listed location. If you are still willing to visit there's a form you will need to complete with your valid ID so they can run a quick background check on you. If you have been there before I think it goes quickly. After a brief wait and approval is granted they will give you a pass and directions to the temporary location of the museum. The current museum is not that big but it has about a dozen displays on the history of the post and the big red 1. It includes displays on both world wars, Custer and Patton, uniforms thru the eras and a section on women in the military including combat roles. Also pick up a replica weapon and grab a helmet to see how it fits. You can stretch it out to an hour and maybe 90 minutes if you read everything. After that you can visit the small gift shop and see if there are any souvenirs you might like. I was a little picky and didn't find anything this trip. Not much in the way of snacks either. I hope the museums permanent home will be more convenient and accessible but maybe not. If your in the area with some free time it might be worth the small donation to check out a piece of history.

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