The Frontier Army Museum collects, preserves, and safeguards material culture of the United States Army and uses its holdings to support Professional Military Education, collections-based research, the development of educational materials, and educational initiatives to inform the public concerning the history of the Frontier Army, the Combined Arms Center, and Fort Leavenworth.
Additionally, the Frontier Army Museum uses its collection and facilities to educate soldiers and Department of the Army civilians by providing venues for professional development and for public and strategic communications in support of the Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth.
The original collection began in 1938 when the wagon shop at Fort Leavenworth closed and the horse-drawn vehicles were relocated and called the "Old Rolling Wheels Museum."
In 1960, the museum was officially recognized as an Army Museum and has continued to preserve one of the finest collections of nineteenth century military artifacts in the country.
The museum's main gallery highlights the efforts of the Frontier Army in exploration, expansion and protection of the Trans-Mississippi West from the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804) to the chase of Pancho Villa by General John Pershing (1916). The museum offers a unique look at the tools of soldiering used throughout this time period.
The Fort Leavenworth gallery highlights the importance of Fort Leavenworth's role in the exploration and expansion of the nation throughout the nineteenth century as well as its continuing role in soldier education.
Online Education Resources For Kids
Frontier History Flash Cards
- PDF Download [PDF - 157MB]
Lewis and Clark Activity Book
- PDF Download [PDF - 19MB]
Oregon Trail: Pack Your Wagon Activity Frontier Army Museum March 2020
- PDF Download [PDF - 3.32MB]
Army Explorers of the 19th Century - Kansas Teacher’s Curriculum
- Word Document Download [184KB]
The Lewis and Clark Expedition, Through Their Dog Seaman's Eyes
- Teacher Parent Guide [Word Document - 16.4KB]
- What Seaman Felt [Word Document - 1.98MB]
- What Seaman Heard [Word Document - 1.61MB]
- What Seaman Saw [Word Document - 1.49MB]
- What Seaman Tasted [Word Document - 2.17MB]
- What Seaman Smelled and Navigation [Word Document - 2.34MB]
- PreK Longitude Latitude Worksheet [Word Document - 120KB]
- Download all documents [ZIP - 9.66MB]
Early Military Flight: Balloons, Dirigibles, and the Airplane
- Early Military Flight Lesson Plan [Word Document - 17KB]
- Early Flight Virtual Program Mid-Highschool [Word Document - 2.37MB]
- Early Military Flight Optional Discussion Questions [Word Document - 15KB]
- Download all documents [ZIP - 2.36MB]
Painting the History of the Frontier - Eric Bransby
- Painting the History of the Frontier Program (Lesson Plan) [PDF - 699KB]
- Painting History of the Frontier Program (Activity) [PDF - 80.7MB]
- Answer Key For Instructors [PDF - 394KB]
- Download all documents [ZIP - 81.7MB]
- Virtual Tour
- Digital Collection
- Haunting History of Fort Leavenworth [Powerpoint 9.8MB]
- The Buffalo Soldier Monument - An Interactive Experience [PDF 875KB]
Visiting the Museum
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas 66027
Closed all Federal Holidays
Tours: For further information please email or call (913) 684-3186.
For access on to the post please contact the Visitor Control Center (913) 684-3600.
Enter Fort Leavenworth through the Grant Gate at the intersection of Metropolitan and 7th Street. Continue north on Grant Avenue to Reynolds Avenue. Turn right, the museum is on the left. Park in the circle drive.
100 Reynolds Ave, Bldg 801
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas 66027