April 1-2, 2016
Tickets: $10 Adults, $5 Kids, Ages 5 and Under Free
Free Parking at Santa’s Wonderland Prancer Lot- Shuttle Bus to Museum
Our annual Living History Weekend is the largest event of its kind in Texas, with visitors from across the nation coming to view our award-winning Living History Displays, shop in the Military Swap Meet, and to witness the roar of tanks in our WWII Battle reenactment! This family-friendly event is sure to have something for everyone!
Ride in a WWII Sherman tank! See here for details.
Military Vehicle Rally
Military history buffs and gamers alike will marvel at the award winning display of fully restored and operational military vehicles and artillery. The museum’s own impressive collection of WWII- Vietnam era vehicles will be out for full display with living historians available to talk about the vehicles, their operation, and their upkeep. Restoration enthusiasts from across the US will also be present to proudly display their own military vehicles!
Narrated WWII Living History Displays
Take a stroll through the living history camps, and learn about the daily lives of both Axis and Allied servicemen and women. See original or carefully reproduced equipment and uniforms. Our living historians are passionate about their roles, to the point that most camp out in the very tents you see! Displays include General Patton’s Command Tent, Camp Lili (American Signal Corps Unit), US Infantry and Airborne Paratroopers camps, as well as German Infantry Camps.
Military Swap Meet
Have an itch to bring home some history? Over 30 vendors will be present selling items ranging from patches, medals, toys, uniforms, vehicle parts to vehicles. The fun is in the hunt!
Historic Small Arms Demonstrations
Hear the pattering of machine guns and feel the heat of a flame thrower as living historians explain and demonstrate the power, precision, and roles of different small arms.
Junior G.I. Zone
Let the little ones explore and play in our brand new G.I. Zone! Activities are appropriate for ages 12 and under.
UH-1 Bell Iroquois Helicopter Rides Courtesy of the Collings Foundation
Take flight in a Vietnam-era Iroquois Helicopter! No flying license needed!
*$80/person. Rides start only when vehicle full. All proceeds go to the Collings Foundation. Rides on Saturday only.
WWII Tank Rides
A history buff’s dream come true! Ride in one of the museum’s fully restored and fully operational WWII tanks! Participants will get to ride for up to 20min down the museum’s Jeep trail, getting the chance to feel the rumble of these impressive machines from the inside!
*$300/ person. Minimum of 3 participants necessary for tank to run. Tank will run in 30min time slots, including time for participants to enter and exit vehicle. To reserve your spot, see here. All proceeds go to vehicle maintenance and future programs with the Museum of the American G.I.
Shoot a Howitzer
Feel the power of the museum’s 75mm Pack Howitzer! Participants will get to shoot off one blank, experiencing the force of this amazing piece of artillery.
WWII Battle Reenactment
The shining moment of the weekend, at 3PM on Saturday, the museum will put on the largest WWII battle reenactment of the South! Experience battle up-close, hear the rumbles of engines, feel the vibrations of cannon fire, smell the smoke, and witness the power of these historic pieces of equipment! Sure to entertain and enrapture visitors of all ages!
Looking for a place to stay?
Best Western Plus College Station Inn & Suites is not only the closest hotel to the museum, this brand new facility has blocked a set of rooms for the museum at the reduced rate of $99 per night (with free breakfast!). If you would like to reserve a room, please call the hotel directly at (979) 704-6444 use the code word MAGI when making your reservation. The block of rooms will be released on March 29. If you want a nice bed for your head, make your reservation soon!
Best Western Plus College Station Inn & Suites
Address: 950 Arrington Rd, College Station, TX 77845
First time to visit?
Here are some frequently asked questions that may help you plan for an amazing day:
Will this be your first time attending Living History Weekend? If so, you might have a lot of questions about what is allowed at our event. Never fear! We want to ensure that our event is safe and fun for the whole family, so we answered some common questions here:
Where do I park?
Parking is FREE at Santa’s Wonderland’s Prancer Lot. From there you may either take a 10min walk to the Museum’s gate, or take our free shuttle! If you have a handicap tag, you may park at the museum’s parking lot as well.
May I bring in outside food or drink?
Yes! We want everyone to stay safe and hydrated, but please leave the alcohol at home. We do not recommend bringing large coolers, so make sure everything can fit in a purse, bag, or backpack. If you don’t want to carry around lots of items, we will be selling food and water at various locations all day.
Is everything handicap or wheelchair accessible?
We do our best to make our event as wheelchair friendly as possible. Our indoor facility is 100% wheelchair accessible, though be aware that our living history camps and displays are outside on potentially uneven or muddy terrain (depending on the weather). We hold our reenactment on a hill at a distance from the rest of the displays, but we provide rides to and from this location to seniors, expectant or new mothers, and those with disabilities.
What should I bring or wear?
Most of our activities are outside, so wear comfortable clothing and shoes that are suitable for walking on dirt and grass. We recommend a hat and sunscreen, and potentially a rain jacket or umbrella if rain is in the forecast. Don’t forget your camera for pictures and extra spending money!
Can I pay in credit?
At the giftshop and select stations, yes, but at the moment we can only accept cash at the gate. We also highly recommend cash to shop at our vendors’ booths as well as for some activities.
Will there be seating at the reenactment?
Yes! We will have bleachers, though seating is limited. You may bring a chair if you want, but be prepared to have to carry it for long walks.
Will the reenactment be loud?
Yes, we simulate real gunfire and explosions, so there will be quite a bit of noise. We will have earplugs available for purchase at the site, but you may also wish to bring your own. Be especially aware that the noise may upset infants and young children.
Are pets allowed at the event?
Yes, if they remain on a leash and are well behaved. We also ask that you clean up after their potty breaks, as no one likes tracking poop!
May I climb on the vehicles?
No, unless you are at a photo station or a vehicle ride, and have the express permission from the reenactors in charge of that station, you may not climb on or into any vehicles.
May I touch the display?
Please do not touch any displays unless you have the express permission of the living historian running the display. Much of the equipment our living historians use is original, and thus easily 70 years old or more. Please respect the equipment and leave it available for future generations.
May I photograph events and displays?
Yes! We love seeing your photographs of our events, just don’t forget to tag us on Facebook!