Mormon Battalion Historic Site, San Diego
Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
Visit the stomping grounds--quite literally--of a Mormon military unit from the Mexican-American War at Mormon Battalion Historic Site. Unique for being the only religion-based military unit in American history, this battalion included roughly 550 volunteers led by Mormon officers. The battalion is well-known for its gruelling march of almost 3,219 km (2,000 mi) from Iowa to San Diego. The site reveals the historic significance of the march and the battalion's triumphs through a series of interactive exhibits. Animation, video, and costumed actors enhance the guided tours, led dutifully by knowledgeable staff. To visit Mormon Battalion Historic Site and get the most from your holiday in San Diego, create itinerary details personal to you using our San Diego itinerary maker.
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This is an outstanding tour. I was greeted at the door by a group of female tour guides. Two of them took me on an amazing tour. The tour is interactive. With talking, video characters like you would ... read more »
We have visited this site on several occasions. They have done some upgrades since our last visit and it is even better now. It's a short tour with a short movie at the beginning and is kind of an int... read more »
We were so impressed with the quality of this tour. It was truly so well done. It kept our kids attention so well because you move to 5 or 6 different rooms during the tour and the special effects rea... read more »
Not your average historical site. I'm not going to go into too much detail as to ruin it, but the tours are more involving than you might expect. Unlike a typical historical site, this place will keep children and adults alike interested. I definitely recommend visiting this location if you're already considering it. And if you are not considering it, maybe you need to.
In looking for a topic for my IB extended essay, I decided to chose a topic based off my Mormon Heritage, and this place provided me with plenty of information. I was surprised that it was less of a Museum and more of a London Dungeons-esque "pretend you were there" with a miniature museum at the end, but I enjoyed it all the same.
This historic site is one of the less informative ones I've ever been to. I was expecting a detailed history of the Mormon Battalion, but I learned more on a quick read through of the related Wikipedia page than was available at the historic site. There is a small room at the end of the tour with a handful of underwhelming artifacts associated with the battalion and the surrounding time period, other than that the tour is entirely devoted to a multimedia presentation that presents a dramatization focused on a few of those who were involved in the battalion. The stories are a tad superficial and one sided, but that is to be expected. It was immediately apparent upon entering that the exhibit is not intended to provide a balanced and detailed look at the Mormon Battalion, but rather is intended to serve as a missionary tool for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The stories are chosen to exhibit the hand of God in the lives of the subjects and to validate Brigham Young as the rightful successor to Joseph Smith as the head of the church. You are invited at the end of the tour to invite missionaries to visit either your home or the home of someone you know. I would recommend this exhibit only for active members of the LDS church or for those interested in finding out more about it. I would not recommend it for those interested in learning more about history.
This is an awesome place for kids to learn some of the history of the colonization of the American frontier. Few people know the history of the Mormon Battalion and the effect they had on shaping southern California and the American west. The lessons taught here are very interactive (if a little cheesy) and fun. Definitely worth stopping in. Best part -- COMPLETELY FREE!
Really impressed with the technology and interactive exhibits. It felt like the world of Harry Potter or something. Very immersive and informative at the same time. Great for kids and families who want to know more about the Mormon Battalion.
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