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Frontier Army Museum

Mission

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.

History

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

Lewis and Clark Activity Book

Oregon Trail: Pack Your Wagon Activity Frontier Army Museum March 2020

Army Explorers of the 19th Century - Kansas Teacher’s Curriculum

The Lewis and Clark Expedition, Through Their Dog Seaman's Eyes

Early Military Flight: Balloons, Dirigibles, and the Airplane

Mural

Painting the History of the Frontier - Eric Bransby

Mural

A Brief History of U.S. Army Rations

Visiting the Museum

Closed on Christmas Eve (Friday Dec. 24), Christmas Day (Saturday Dec. 25), New Year’s Eve (Friday Dec. 31), & New Year’s Day (Saturday Jan. 1)
Admission Free
Monday Closed
Tuesday 0900 1600
Wednesday 0900 1600
Thursday 0900 1600
Friday 0900 1600
Saturday 1000 1600
Sunday Closed
100 Reynolds Ave
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.

Fort Leavenworth installation requires a daily pass from the Visitor Control Center at 913-684-3600.

Service Members, Army Civilians, Federal Employees, Contractors, and Visitors will wear a Department of Defense compliant mask while in an indoor setting, regardless of vaccination status, in facilities owned, leased or otherwise controlled by DoD. Persons under the age of two are not required to wear a mask or face covering due to the risk of suffocation. Additionally, persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering are not required to wear a facemask.

Contact Us

100 Reynolds Ave, Bldg 801
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas 66027
Phone: 913-684-3186

Email: usarmy.leavenworth.tradoc.mbx.frontier-army-museum@army.mil