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 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.
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 hand on training on threat weapons as well as threat vehicle identification classes.
Visiting the Museum
1200-1600 on Holidays
761st Tank Battalion Ave & 56th St.
Fort Hood, TX 76545
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 Fort Hood Visitor Center
The Museum features a wide number of displays that depict the history of the Division from its units that participated in the Civil War up to its current operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. There are life size dioramas depicting 1st Cavalry Division troopers in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, the War on Terror, and many more. Samples of some of the indoor displays:
The Museum also features approximately 10 acres of outdoor exhibits which include a wide selection of U.S. Army equipment. Whether it's a wheeled vehicle, armored vehicle or aircraft, this equipment has added to the historical significance of the First Team. Samples of some of the outdoor displays:
General Information: (254) 287-3626
Fax: (254) 287-6423
1st Cavalry Division Museum
P.O. Box 5187
Fort Hood, TX 76545