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“You can't have an interesting museum when you lock the door during the day”

Museum of the Horse Soldier
Ranked #25 of 282 things to do in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Incorporated in 2013, Museum of the Horse Soldier is one of a few museums dedicated to preserving the history of the U.S. Military’s mounted services. Visitors to The Museum can explore the history of U.S. horse soldiers and their roles in times of peace and conflict during the 18th – 21st centuries. The Museum of the Horse Soldier offers a unique opportunity to discover and explore military history through informative and engaging exhibits, featuring many rare and one-of-a-kind artifacts.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Hillsborough, North Carolina
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35 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“You can't have an interesting museum when you lock the door during the day”
Reviewed October 2, 2013

We arrived at 2:45 on a weekday, during regular posted open hours, BUT the doors were locked and the yahoo in charge left a note saying they would be back from lunch at 3:30. Give us a break. we drove cross town and stewed through a zillion red lights for 45 minutes each way for this disappointment. Get a grip.

Visited September 2013
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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Amazing Experience”
Reviewed September 26, 2013

Our family visited from out of town yesterday, 9/25/13, and were delighted with our experience.
The director, Rae, is nothing short of amazing. He was the only staff on hand, and while giving us one of the best museum tours/history lessons we have ever had, Rae was also answering the phone booking tours, etc. The most impressive was he did it all with the same enthusiasm. His love for history is contagious.
Some comments: To the museum - The price needs to be increased, the museum is too generous in their pricing. To the public - Visit museum of the Horse Soldier if you are tired of watered down exhibits in other museums. Rae will make you as smart in history as you want to be.

Visited September 2013
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Bridgewater, New Jersey
1 review
“"An Unexpected Delight"”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

My friend was interested into going to the museum since her father had enlisted in the cavalry in the 1920's and since I was in the Army thirty years ago. Upon entering, we were greeted by Steve, a military artifact collection of old Tuscon camps/forts which makes up a room on the second floor. This was followed up by an hour tour given by Megan and Ray. Megan gave a thorough history of the uniforms and soldiers who wore them. The uniforms were in pristine condition, usually reserved for national museums, an unexpected delight. The second floor contained artifacts and weapons of the era including a machine gun, sabres, pistols and rifles. A Sharps' carbine was brought out, demonstrated by Ray and visitors were allowed to hold it. Steve answered questions about the 100's of artifacts he has unearthed, including badges, buttons and bullets. Megan gave an interesting talk about a guide flag used during the battle of Gettysburg. Ray and Megan facts and stories complemented the History of the Horse Soldier. This Museum is a must, especially for Military History Buffs.

Visited August 2013
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Tucson, Arizona
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92 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“This is a must see in Tucson”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

Truly a nice museum and I don't really care for museums. Great bit of history about the Calvary and the relationship between soldier and horse. A wonderful flag is there, be sure to have the guide tell you about it. Nice and cool inside and it was quiet, we were the only ones there most of the time. The guide was very nice and willing to talk about the exhibits, and give a personal tour if you would like.

Visited August 2013
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Wicklow, Ireland
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3 reviews
“A Hidden Gem”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

We called into the Horse Soldier Museum while in Tucson recently and thoroughly enjoyed the visit. Megan and Ray were extremely helpful and friendly. Ray took us personally around the exhibits and gave us the history and context for each of the displays. While the museum is small, it is packed with interesting stories and highlight the role of the horse as well as the soldiers themselves. Upstairs is a treat in the form of Steve, who has built up a collection of artefacts over 50 years from the old Western forts around the Tucson area. He has great stories to tell about his collection. We spent a very pleasant hour in the museum and Ray even brought out some cavalry swords for us to look at. Overall it was a great experience and the staff in the museum have a great passion for the horse soldier throughout history.

Visited July 2013
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Thank Susan K
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