Museum of the Horse Soldier

 

You don’t want to miss out on this unique museum located at 6541 E. Tanque Verde Rd. For families traveling with little ones who adore horses, it’s a fantastic way to get them excited about history and museums. Hours are Wednesday – Saturday from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mondays are available by special appointment only.

The relatively new Museum of the Horse Soldier was incorporated in 2013 and is one of just a handful of museums in the world dedicated to the mounted services. Discover the history of American soldiers and horses, particularly in the 18th – 21st centuries. A variety of immersive exhibits engage visitors, and you’ll be treated to one-of-a-kind objects and artifacts.

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The museum also boasts a fascinating history itself, located in the original Diamond X feed store and was the first home to the city’s Gaslight Theater. The building has also served as an artist studio for Dan Bates where he collected military objects, created his bronze sculptures, and ultimately became the foundation for the museum. Today, more than 2,000 items are on display. They are routinely changed, so you’ll see something new with every visit.

Special events take place throughout the year. Exhibits highlight equipment in the U.S. Dragoons of the Antebellum Era to the gear necessary for mounted operations. In total, the museum has over 10,000 objects including saddles, flags, awards, equipment, uniforms and much more in the last 200 years of horse soldier history.

 

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