A branch of the Oklahoma Army National Guard the 45th Infantry Division fought in major battles in World War 2 and the Korean War. There were also known as the Thunderbirds. This Museum houses a fantastic collection of military artifacts related to the infantry division's history. These include:
- Infantry and Cavalry weapons in the Reeves firearm collection.
- The Confederate Mosby Cannon which was captured in 1863.
- Over 200 cartoons from World War Two drawn and written by one of the division's own soldiers.
- The Hall of flags which narrates Oklahoma's early military history using Using documents and photographs.
- There is also a moving exhibit on the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp in Nazi Germany.
45th Infantry Division Museum Travel Tips
- Make a reservation a week in advance if you're visiting with a group of more than 10 people.
Entrance Ticket Details For 45th Infantry Division Museum
- Though admission to the museum is free donations are appreciated.
How to Reach 45th Infantry Division Museum
- Bus 022 stop N MLK Ave @ NE 36th St.
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22.75% of people who visit Oklahoma City include 45th Infantry Division Museum in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
52.94% of people start their 45th Infantry Division Museum visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see 45th Infantry Division Museum
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45th Infantry Division Museum Reviews & Ratings
On our way back from the Softball complex we stopped in to view the display of tanks, guns, and military vehicles. I am a Vietnam Veteran, and I got to see first had a lot of the equipment that was in use during my tour overseas. I enjoyed being able to go unclose to look at the various pieces of equipment. I really enjoyed being able to explain a lot of the equipment to my grandson. He's seen picture and film of the gear, but had not seem it up close. It is an impressive display. The grounds are well cared for, and the equipment is clean, presentable, with great explanation of what they items are. Good job.
This place is awesome. Tons of stuff to see, lots of history to learn, great for father and son days or family field trips. I am not sure how big it is but it feels huge with all of the displays which are informative and well maintained. The military vehicles outside are also really cool, they give you a sense of size of just how big the tanks and armored vehicles are. Can't wait to bring my dad!
If you want a great study in American History through the portal of military conflict this museum is excellent. You can see impressive artifacts displayed throughout the museum. The period of WWII is super impressive. Take your time you won't regret it. Also the Bill Mauldin collection is amazing.
Truly impressive miilitary collection with weaponry that spans centuries, and a really knowledgeable, interesting, and friendly host/curator who showed me around - despite his views on climate change. Just because climate change has happened without human activity, doesn't mean human activity can't cause it! Highly suggested museum.
Absolutely loved our time here. My son, an avid military fanatic, enjoyed just seeing everything while I absolutely loved reading all the history and stories. The one drawback for this time of year is the unchecked Yellow Jacket community on the ground. They own the tanks and make sure it's known. We had to mind our distance a number of times.