Mormon Battalion Museum

Come experience the long march from Iowa to San Diego at the Mormon Battalion Museum Historic Site. Learn why this group of Latter-day Saint men and women joined the U.S. Army and what they accomplished during and after their march. Located in Old Town San Diego, this Historic Site steps out of the 1840’s and into the multi-media world of the 21st century. Your free tour begins in a new hacienda-style courtyard reproduced in great detail to represent the 1800’s. Visitors will experience history through exciting new technologies in cinema and special effects.

The Historic Site also has many interesting artifacts on display that were hand carried into San Diego by the Battalion. The museum also features hands-on activities for all ages including gold panning, 1800’s laundry, brick making and dressing up in period clothing. Visitors may also pose for a free “old time” photograph at the center which can then be emailed to any destination. Admission is FREE!

Mormon Battalion Commemoration!

Old Town Chamber of Commerce’s 250th Commemoration of the birth of San Diego year of events will kick-off at Old Town State Historic Park on Saturday, January 26, 2019, where in 1847 the U.S. Army of the West Mormon Battalion arrived in San Diego.  The park will be alive with hands on activities reflecting this period in San Diego history.  The living history day includes a parade reenacting the march into San Diego, beginning at 10:00 am. Children can make bricks, ropes, and dolls; grind corn, cook biscuits-on-a-stick, and play other authentic games.  Families are invited to take a photo in period clothing. The Liberty Stand will be in the square to provide information about early history. Center stage will feature singing, dancing and storytelling throughout the day.  Don’t miss the annual Dutch oven cook-off!  The event is open to the community and is free.

Having been driven by mobs from their homes in Illinois, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, known as “Mormons” sought assistance from the government for their migration to the west.  The U. S. Government responded with President James Polk requesting they assemble an army to march as part of the Army of the West during the Mexican-American War from Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas to San Diego.  This march is one of the longest in the history of the U. S. Army, totaling over 2,000 miles, and arriving in San Diego on January 29, 1847.

At the war’s end, the members of the Mormon Battalion stayed on and performed garrison duties, making friends with the Californios and bringing a community together through their service.  They fired some of the first bricks in California and used the bricks to line deeper wells, providing healthy drinking water to the Pueblo of San Diego.  The Battalion also constructed our first U. S. Courthouse, where a replica stands in Old Town today.

Mormon Battalion Historic Site
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Yvonne Rini
Yvonne Rini
20:20 04 May 20
A fun free activity for the he whole family. It's lsd, but the volunteers are not pushy and do not try to sell you on... converting, so don't let that scary you. Parking is fairly easy and I there is a lot in backread more
Sonny Hall
Sonny Hall
20:41 25 Feb 20
Such a neat experience! Very fun, interactive guided tour and was one of the highlights of our trip (10 yr old, 8 yr... old & 6 yr old)! The kids even got to pan for gold and keep their favorite piece! Highly recommend checking this out if you're in the area!read more
13:48 08 Feb 20
Awesome place to check out!! Great place for free internment! If you are pressed for time rearrange your schedule... because there is a lot to see and do.We had heard about the Mormon Battalion from a friend of ours and they said it was great and they were totally right!!Just walking up to the entrance looking at the cool old looking building and the covered wagon out front and the beautiful statue you start to see how much time was put into the building.Next you walk in and are welcomed by friendly people and you can look around a little bit and then go right into a very well lead and interactive tour. We have 3 kids under the age of 8 and they all we able to stay interested during the tour and the gold mining at the end put the tour over the top!read more
Ray Banks
Ray Banks
00:16 08 Jan 20
Highly recommended for couples and families! Free tour through multiple rooms that is both engaging and interactive!... They have exits from every room in case you need to duck out early - and honestly we were planning to do that - but then we got so into it that we didn’t want to! At the end they even had a free photo booth that prints out the photo. The whole experience was really cool and I highly recommend it! If you stay for the whole tour it’s about 40 more
Raymond Ellis
Raymond Ellis
00:49 29 Dec 19
I really enjoyed the tour of the site. This was a unique tour. It was a guided tour with two docents (one was in... training, her 1st day). The tour consisted of a number of audio visual movies in which the docents interacted with the characters to tell the story of the Mormon battalion. It's was really cool how they did it. You could really tell how enthusiastic and proud the tour guides were of the members of the Mormon battalion!read more
Malavika Hegde
Malavika Hegde
18:19 11 Dec 19
This place is so nice and entertaining, best part is... it’s FREE! Once i got there, I was asked to wait till the... rest of the group gathers. Once there were enough people, the tour began. It was highly entertaining and fun. They go into the history of the Mormon battalion using projector movies and also they have designed each room to look realistically like the place the Mormon battalion would have resided. They had real guns, clothes etc. in the end they give you a free black and white picture as souvenir. I definitely recommend this more
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(619) 298-3317


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