Frontier Army Museum

Explore the importance of Fort Leavenworth’s role in exploration and expansion in the Frontier.

The Frontier Army Museum holds almost 6500 objects in public trust. These objects are used to showcase the Frontier Army from the Exploration Expedition of Captain Lewis & Captain Clark to the Mexican Expedition to Capture Poncho Villa. The Museum also holds artifacts related to the history of Fort Leavenworth from its establishment in 1827 to modern day.

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 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.

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 Museum is located on an active military base. Photo ID and vehicle inspection are required. Find more information on visitor access here.

Contact Information

100 Reynolds Avenue

Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027

Phone: 913-684-3191


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ID Required



Research Library


Wheel Chair Accessible