Mormon Battalion Historic Site, San Diego

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Visit the stomping grounds--quite literally--of a Mormon military unitĀ from the Mexican-American War at Mormon Battalion Historic Site. Unique for being the only religion-based military unit inĀ 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. Plan my day in San Diego using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.
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  • Some good history of the Mormon Church and the Mormon Battalion's contributions to building the Santa Fe Trail and the city of San Diego. Well-produced guided tour.  more »
  • Its open from 9am-9pm.Its very well thought out and realization is even better.Loved or tour guide which was very knowledgable.Lots of intereactive content and staff dressed as in the old days.  more »
  • We went with my family. My brother is not a member of the church. Everyone, enjoyed the place, the stories, and the way that is set-up. It is very fun to listen how this brave people crossed the USA a...  more »
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  • This was seriously the coolest place my family visited when we were in San Diego! Even our kids absolutely loved it. It was a great little stop. The facility was as nice as could be and the video production was excellent. I would highly recommend anyone in the area stop by and make a few minutes to stop in.
  • I hadn't visited since before the Mormon Battalion visitor's center got a complete redo. The new visitor's center was AMAZING! I had my boys, 10 and 7 with me. The presentation was so fun! It was interactive and engaging for people of all ages. It was great that they made a movie presentation with actual actors. Perfect way to spend the beginning of our day.
  • I was super impressed by this museum! They have done an incredible job in a small amount of space here. I don't want to ruin any surprises so I'll just tell you that you have to visit. You will learn a lot and enjoy your time even if you aren't a Mormon.
  • I really enjoyed visiting the Mormon Battalion museum. The staff is very friendly. The presentation takes about 30 minutes and shows an interesting discussion of the history of this group of individuals who left their families to serve in the United States military. The presentation includes well acted videos that easily maintains the audience's attention. This museum is free and a definite worthwhile stop in Old Town San Diego.
  • When I asked how long the tour was, they said something like 45 minutes, so I politely declined saying that I didn't think my kids (5 and 8) could last that long. But after they said that they thought my boys would make it, I decided to give it a shot. They were right, the boys had lots of fun. I found it educational.

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