Ft. Riley 1st Infantry Division Museum
This museum features exhibits on the famous "Big Red One" from its formation in 1917 to the present. Exhibits include World War I, World War II, Cold War, Vietnam, Desert Storm and current operations. The Fort Riley museums provide directions for a walking tour of the immediate area, and a 10 mile driving tour. While on the driving tour, stop to visit the building in Pawnee, Kansas that served briefly as the first capitol of the Kansas Territory. There is a quiet, rarely used nature trail that starts out from behind the restored capitol building that goes along the Kansas River. The building is open weekends. Photo identification is required for entry to Fort Riley (i.e. a military or civilian ID or drivers license).
Backstory and Context
Fort Riley has a lot of historic and military museum and operations experiences for visitors and family alike.
First Territorial Capitol of Kansas: The place where the first territorial legislature convened for 5 days in July 1855. In 1928, the building was rebuilt from its ruins by the Union Pacific Railroad.
Custer House: The only remaining set of officers quarters from the fort's construction in the mid 1850s. Furnishings date from the 1870s and 1880s. Period rooms include a front parlor, dining room, kitchen, servant's room, family room and upstairs bedrooms. Open from Memorial Day to Labor Day on Saturdays (10 AM - 4 PM) and Sundays (1 - 4 PM). Docents are available for group tours by submitting an official request.
Custer Hill is the main troop area on Fort Riley. It is where the post's soldiers live and work. It includes barracks, motor pools and military offices. Self guided driving tours are available in unrestricted areas at your leisure.
Stable Tour: The Commanding General's Mounted Color Guard Stable is housed in the last cavalry training stable building with the original cobblestone floor. Built in 1889, it originally housed 76 horses. Today, the building is home to the Commanding General's Mounted Color Guard and is staffed by an officer and special duty soldiers from units assigned to Fort Riley. It houses 20 horses
Engagement Skills Trainer: Fort Riley's Engagement Skills Trainer provides simulated small arms marksmanship training, using a variety of weapons, including the M-16. It displays targets, terrain and weapon effects in a real time, 3 dimensional presentation. Groups are welcome to request a tour of the EST and engage in the simulator, when it is not being used by soldiers training. Approximate time to tour the EST is 45 minutes. Due to its realistic combat simulation, it is not recommended for children under the age of 11.
Close Combat Tactical Trainer: The CCTT provides digital training for tank and mechanized infantry units. It consists of numerous simulators. The interior of each is identical to the actual vehicles they simulate. Groups are welcome to request a tour of the CCTT and engage in the simulator, when it is not being used by soldiers training.
Flight Simulator Center: Groups are welcome to request a tour of the Flight Center and engage in the simulator, when it is not being used by soldiers training.