Fort Sill National Historic Landmark and Museum

Fort Sill National Historic Landmark and Museum

Fort Sill National Historic Landmark and Museum
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  • Chuck W
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do not miss this museum while in the Fort Sill/Lawton area.
    The Fort Sill Museum is one of the best military museums in the U.S. They walk you through the history of the Field Artillery from the Continental Army to present day. You will need to dedicate a minimum of 4-5 hours to see it all. Will worth the time to visit this museum.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 17, 2023
  • neil f
    Tallahassee, Florida26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum
    Outstanding museum. Incredible exhibits with great narratives. Truly an outstanding experience. Unfortunately, due to budget cutbacks, they are only open a couple of days a week. Though they were supposed to be closed the day we arrived, they were holding training classes and the staff let us in to tour the museum. Again, this is a great museum for anyone with an interest in military history.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 5, 2023
  • Dotty1919
    Melrose, Florida8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Surprisingly wonderful Family afternoon.
    On a weekend excursion with The Grands and visited Fort Sill. Even though the museum was closed, the outside display of rockets and tanks as well as historic armament kept use throughly interested. The historic buildings and their histories are wonderful. We visited the gave of Geronimo and so many other Native American graves. Fort Sill is a fully operational Army Base. We even enjoyed eating in the food court if the commissary. It was a great afternoon full of adventure and learning for us all.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 22, 2023
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Dotty1919
Melrose, FL8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
On a weekend excursion with The Grands and visited Fort Sill. Even though the museum was closed, the outside display of rockets and tanks as well as historic armament kept use throughly interested. The historic buildings and their histories are wonderful. We visited the gave of Geronimo and so many other Native American graves.
Fort Sill is a fully operational Army Base. We even enjoyed eating in the food court if the commissary.
It was a great afternoon full of adventure and learning for us all.
Written October 23, 2023
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neil f
Tallahassee, FL26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Outstanding museum. Incredible exhibits with great narratives. Truly an outstanding experience. Unfortunately, due to budget cutbacks, they are only open a couple of days a week. Though they were supposed to be closed the day we arrived, they were holding training classes and the staff let us in to tour the museum. Again, this is a great museum for anyone with an interest in military history.
Written October 5, 2023
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Chuck W
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
The Fort Sill Museum is one of the best military museums in the U.S. They walk you through the history of the Field Artillery from the Continental Army to present day. You will need to dedicate a minimum of 4-5 hours to see it all. Will worth the time to visit this museum.
Written April 17, 2023
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star95presson
Los Angeles, California187 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The Historic sites are very well preserved. While at Fort I had the occasion to visit the Historic site.
Written August 23, 2022
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Craig R
Spring, TX7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This is a can't miss site for anyone faintly interested in the military. They have every artillery piece, large and small, used in the 19th and 20th century with excellent staging and descriptions. There is about 30 large mobile pieces outside and a very experienced sergeant that can answer any questions. There is a display of shell casing artwork, artillery shell casings the soldiers had engraved or formed into intricate artwork that was great. This was my second time and I found it fascinating. My wife even found it somewhat interesting.
Written July 23, 2022
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mydonna
Arlington, TX867 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
It was closed when we came but we saw all the stuff outside and that was good enough! The 10-year-old we brought was very interested! We got lots of pics!
Written June 24, 2022
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Susan M
Nacogdoches, TX50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
The check in area for the base was user friendly- there was a kiosk with wash to follow prompts. The museum was well laid out. Besides the museum, we also drove around the old historic buildings and visited the gift shop. It was an educational visit.
Written March 24, 2022
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Wanda H
Mascoutah, IL276 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
This museum isn't real big, but they've got it jam packed with all the history of Fort Sill. The displays are well lit and very informative. And it's FREE!
Written January 13, 2022
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David D
Dallas, TX4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
The Artillery Museum has weapons and vehicles and other exhibits that you are not going to find anywhere else. Very educational and interesting. Old Fort Sill museum was closed for Christmas but I was able to walk and drive around and look through windows. A lot of history here.
Written December 27, 2021
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Gil
Lawton, OK184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Haven't visited Fort Sill in years and have things ever changed for the better!

First, one need to stop at the Visitor Center on Sheridan Road prior to entering the base. You need to fill out a form, they do a quick security check on you, and then (if you pass) take your picture and give a pass to the base. We asked for a week's pass and got a month-long one.

Once in the base, there are so many things to see that one cannot take it all in in one day. The new museum (well, new to me) was closed due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

Adjacent and around that was "Artillery Park". This is an area with many canons, tanks, missiles and descriptive boards. This area was totally unfamiliar to me since my visiting so many times in 1978-1983, when stationed at Altus Air Force Base, and again when I visited in 2004. Seems that "Artillery Park" and this new museum were created in 2010 and did they ever do a nice job. We spent about two hours at "Constitution Park" and "Artillery Park".

We next went up the hill to the Quadrangle, where there are many historic buildings surrounding it.

After this location, we went to the northeast section of the base and visited the Apache cemetery. This is where Geronimo's grave site is at, although many Apache Indians (and even the guard at the Visitor Center) tell that his body was removed just days after being buried and taken by tribes members back to his homeland of Arizona and re-buried in a mountain. Regardless, it was interesting to see the grave site, which has been damaged. One thing to note is that the base finally put up decent directions to Apache cemetery so one doesn't take a wrong turn and get lost. Years ago, we found ourselves in what we considered an artillery range and still joke about that to this day.

Next was getting back to the main base area and visiting the Post Cemetery. There is a section of this cemetery where many Indians are buried. This includes Chief Quanah Parker, his mother Cynthia Ann Parker (a white woman captured by the Comanches as a child), and his sister Prairie Flower, who died as a child.

We were done with Fort Sill doing the things above on our first day on the base.

A couple of days later we returned and visited Medicine Bluffs and Medicine Creek. The Bluffs requires one to go up a gravel road and then into a rather nasty drive that has many rocks protruding from the ground. Once there though, the views were spectacular. Medicine Bluffs was and is sacred to Indians/Native Americans and holds much history.

We went back to a place near the Quadrangle tried following the map to find the marker where Geronimo had died. There was the post hospital at this location, which has been torn down, but there is a marker there. We encountered roads behind buildings that were one way and not the way we wanted to go. We had to get back out on the street and try to find another way to that marker. We finally did and it would be nice to have better directions to get there.

The things mentioned here are some of the highlights to Fort Sill. There is much history on this base, one that was built in 1869, and it could take many days to enjoy all of what is available - especially when the museum reopens some day.

Very highly recommended place to stop and allow enough time to take it all in.
Written September 26, 2020
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