Living History Weekend 2023

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March 25 & 26, 2023

One Day Tickets (Cash price)
$25 Adults, $10 Kids (5-17), Under 5 free

Two Day Tickets
$40 Adults, $17.50 Kids, Under 5 free (Cash price)

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Speed through the line by purchasing admission tickets online!
Tickets will be available to purchase in February

Early-Bird Promotion for First 500 online tickets
Buy an early bird ticket and be entered for a chance for a FREE Tank Ride, Fire a 75mm Howitzer or fire a Paintball Machine Gun!

If you do not want to rely on Lady Luck, the first four Tank ride times on both Saturday and Sunday are available for pre-purchase beginning March 1, 2023.  All remaining ride times will be sold first come the day of the event!  

Living History Weekend is a ‘Special Event day’
regular admission prices are not valid

Living Historian/Reenactor and MV Registration Information – Click Here

General Information

The Museum of the American G.I.’s Living History Weekend is the largest event of its kind in Texas, with visitors from across the nation coming to view Living History Displays, shop in the Military Swap Meet, witness the roar of tanks in our WWII Battle reenactments, and watch on “Over the Top” WWI Trench battle! This family-friendly event is sure to have something for everyone!

There will be more battles, tank rides, and living history displays!  Everyone will enjoy the free parking at Santa’s Wonderland’s new Blitzen Lot (no parking on site). Upon entering the museum property, you will ride in a  WWII 2 1/2 ton CCKW  or modern HUMVEE to the reenactment fields where all of the activities will take place.  You can start or end your day by browsing through the militaria vendors to take home a small piece of history!

Come early and stay all day! You will not want to miss anything. Food vendors will be on-site to make sure no one goes hungry!  On Saturday, you can eat your fill of Chick-fil-A. Then on Sunday, everyone’s favorite Big Dawg Barbecue will be on-site, so you can get your BBQ fill.  Of course, you will want to quench your thirst and cool off with Kona Ice!

Logos for Chick-fil-A, Kona Ice and Big Dawg BBQ

WWI – Vietnam Era Battle Skirmishes and Vehicle and Living History Displays!

WWII Battle Skirmishes – Sat 11:30 AM & 4 PM, Sunday 2 PM

Experience battle up-close! See an infantry advance and retreat. 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!

WWI Battle Skirmish — Sat 10:30 AM & 2:30 PM, Sunday 11 AM

On April 6 1917, the US entered WWI.  We will take you back in time as you watch a WWI trench battle between the American Expeditionary Force and the Imperial German Army

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, so most camp out in the tents you see! Displays include WWI Salvation Army, General Patton’s Command Tent, Camp Lili (American Signal Corps Unit), US Infantry and Airborne Paratroopers camps, as well as German Infantry Camps.

History in Action – Saturday & Sunday 12:30 PM

Feel the heat of a flame thrower and the boom of artillery as our Living Historians explain and demonstrate these weapons’ power.

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!

Ride in a WWII Tank or WWII Half Track**!

Experience history from the turret of a WWII Tank or a historic Half-Track Personnel Carrier! Whether you’re a World of Tanks fan, a history buff, a military geek, or anything in between, this is definitely one to mark off your bucket list

You can ride in a WWII Half-Track or a WWII tank  –  either a Sherman tank, M18 tank destroyer, Stuart tank, Chaffee tank or an M8 HMC (cannot guarantee a ride in a specific tank).  Each ride consists of one loop around the arena!

There are 12 ride times on Saturday and 9 times on Sunday with 2 tanks and 1 half-track running during each ride time!  Each tank will hold three riders, and the half-track between 8-10 (depending on the composition of the group).  Tank and half-track rides in the first 4 ride times are available for pre-purchase.  All other Tank rides are sold on the day of the event at the information tent.

Tank Ride: $160 per person for a tank ride  (Cash price listed – CC accepted with a convenience fee)
Half-Track Ride:  $25 per person for a Half-Track Ride (Cash price listed – CC accepted with a convenience fee)
(Tax deductible donation with proceeds going to maintaining the museum’s collection)

The Ride Price does NOT include the Living History Weekend entrance fee of $25 Adults, $10 Kids (5-17), payable at the gate or by pre-purchase.

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All ride participants will be assigned a ride time slot at the time of the ticket purchase.  All riders must purchase or pick up pre-purchased tickets at the information tent prior to going to the tank ride area.  Riders should plan on arriving at the ride wait area 15 minutes before their ride for instructions.  

Slots 1-4 will be available for purchase prior to the event.  Pre-Purchased Tickets will be available for pickup at the Information Tent WILL CALL on the day of the event.   All other slots will be available on a first-come basis during the event.    Reservations for Slots 1-4 for both Saturday, March 25, and Sunday,  March 26 will be open March 1 at 8 AM!

**Health & Safety Regulations for ride participants: Safety is our number one priority for anyone who rides in our vehicles. Tank Ride participants must be at least 7 years or older, with a minimum height of 52 in, and the ability to climb on and off the vehicle and in and out of the hatches unassisted. Tank Ride participants must have no underlying health conditions that would preclude riding in “off-road” conditions. All Tank Ride participants (or their legal guardian) must sign a hold-harmless agreement. The Museum of the American G.I. and its crew reserve the right to refuse any participant (tank ride or half-track ride) who they deem unfit or unsafe to themselves, other participants, or the crew.  The ticket price will be refunded if the ride is canceled for safety reasons.

Artillery Range!

Shoot a Cannon

Feel the power of the museum’s WWI  French 75mm Cannon! Visit the artillery range to shoot off one blank, experiencing the force of this amazing piece of artillery.
*$40/round   (Tax deductible donation with proceeds going to maintaining the museum’s collection)

Shoot a Machine Gun (Paintball that is!)

Visit the artillery range to fire a paintball-adapted machine gun for only  $10 (cash)!

Schedule of Events  (times are subject to change)

 

SATURDAY – 10 AM to 5 PM
Reenactments and Special Demonstration
9:00 AM – Gates Open
10:30 AM  – WWI Skirmish (WWI Arena)
11:30 AM – WWII Skirmish (WWII Arena)
12:30 PM – History in Action (WWII Arena)
2:30 PM – WWI Skirmish (WWI Arena)
4:00 PM – WWII Skirmish (WWII Arena)
Vehicle Rides and Trench Tours
10:00 – 11:15 AM – Tank and Half-Track Rides (WWII Arena)
11:30 – 1:30 PM – Trench Tours (WWI Arena)
1:15 – 2:45 PM – Tank and Half-Track Rides (WWII Arena)
3:30 – 5:00 PM – Trench Tours
4:45 PM – Tank Ride for Raffle Winners

SUNDAY – 10 AM to 3 PM
Reenactments and Special Demonstration
9:00 AM – Gates Open
11:00 AM  – WWI Skirmish (WWI Arena)
12:30 PM – History in Action (WWII Arena)
2:00 PM – WWII Skirmish (WWII Arena)
Vehicle Rides and Trench Tours
10:00 – 12:15 PM – Tank and Half-Track Rides (WWII Arena)
11:30 – 1:30 PM – Trench Tours (WWI Arena)
3:00 PM – Tank Ride for Raffle Winners

 

The Living History program and vehicles listed to take part are subject to health and safety, operational, weather and mechanical considerations. The Museum of the American G.I. reserves the right to amend or modify the program or withdraw vehicles at any time without notification when reasonably required in accordance with its own best-practice procedures or those of exhibit owners. As with all historic machines, the appearance of any vehicle or tank in the arena display is subject to its mechanical reliability on the day.

 

 

 

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