Curious About Living History Museums?

Come See History Alive at the Museum of the American G.I.!

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How long has it been since you saw Living History Museums - do you work at keeping the chronicles of America's involvement in major clashes in our memories, specifically for our next age groups?

We all understand that history is important, but a great deal of us do not have the time to read books or travel to distant battlegrounds, so what is a way to learn more about the great conflicts?

The ticket is Living History Museums right here in Texas!

Living History Events All Year Long!

The Museum of the American G.I. is a living history repository that concentrates on World War I, World War II and other conflicts involving American GIs.

We are dedicated to perpetuating our history of conflicts, informing future generations, and paying tribute to the servicemen and women who honorably protected our nation during wartimes.

Museum of the American G.I. has an amazing array of artifacts and remembrances from World War I, World War II, and Vietnam showcasing service uniforms, weaponry, motor vehicles, tanks, and additional items from this era that will help you grasp the difficulties faced by our service members who fought during these conflicts.

If you are looking for Living History Museums because you hope to grasp what it called for to be a U.S. military member during World War II, Vietnam, and World War I, Museum of the American G.I. is the place to spend time at!

As one of numerous Living History Museums, we offer history alive events where we bring back to life these events via recreations of historical events executed by amateur hobbyists attired in actual uniforms from each period along with restored military vehicles consistent with each conflict.

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It is possible to have your picture taken right by a working military vehicle or chopper as well as in the course of our in-person reenactments, you could take a ride on a tank or M-4, shoot an artillery piece, or discharge an automatic weapon (paint balls only)!

Our purpose is to preserve this invaluable memorabilia for upcoming age groups while educating people of every age on the sacrifices made by U.S. military personnel throughout these wars through history alive demonstrations and hands-on experiences with these historical keepsakes.

Don't put off going to see Living History Museums where you live – and if you live in Texas, be sure to drop by the Museum of the American G.I.!

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FAQs

For those who are unfamiliar with living history museums, here are some typical questions that are asked, first about the Museum of the American GI and then about living history museums in general.

 

Where do I park?

Parking for History in Motion is on-site. If you are attending Santa's Wonderland, make sure you park in their lot next to the museum. From there you can walk to the Museum’s gate.

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 events as wheelchair-friendly as possible. History in Motion will be all outside on potentially uneven or muddy terrain (depending on the weather). All activities will be on a hill a short distance from the parking area, 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?

All of the History in Motion activities will be 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 with a credit card?

You may purchase tickets at the gate with a credit card. Our gift shop and select stations also accept cards. Credit card purchases will have a small processing fee added.  Cash, of course, is always welcome especially in the exact amount for the gate entry and special activities!

Will there be seating at the arena?

Yes! We will have bleachers, though seating is very limited.  You may bring a chair if you want, but be prepared to have to carry it for long walks.

Will the demonstrations 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, otherwise 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, and don’t forget to tag us on Facebook!

May I bring a drone?

No. Only drones used for the exclusive purpose of the museum are allowed.

 

General Questions

What is living history?

Interpreting the past by re-creating everyday activities and artifacts of a time period. The term living history can also be used to define or describe museums and sites that contain exhibits about the past, though this is somewhat less accurate than when used in reference to historic homes, gardens, etc., where it means something closer to "historic interpretation." Many interpreters and historic sites use the term "living history" to define first-person interpretation and other forms of traditional, hands-on historical engagement.

What is a living history museum?

A living history museum is a place where visitors can experience what life was like at another time period in history. The site may recreate the daily activities of people who lived hundreds or even thousands of years ago, or show how people live now in various parts of the world. People working at living history museums are called interpreters because they interpret (explain) the past to the public.

Most living history museums are open seasonally, often spring through fall. They often appeal to families and schools because they offer opportunities for students of all ages to learn about history in a fun way. Many museums also provide demonstrations on traditional skills including cooking, blacksmithing, weaving, candlemaking, farming and other historical skills.

Interpreters who work at living history museums are enthusiastic about the past, and love to help visitors learn more about life in earlier times. They may be historians, teachers or even reenactors. Some sites hire interpreters to teach staff members how to portray someone from a particular time period.

Some living history museums are open only to school groups as field trips. Others are free, or charge a small fee for visitors. Many sites offer programs and workshops, such as candle-making classes, designed to appeal to enthusiasts interested in learning more about the past.

What is a military history museum?

A museum that tells the history of a specific military force, many of which have been in existence for centuries. Military history museums often focus on war battles and strategy. However, they may also have exhibits that include weapons, clothing and other equipment used in battle.

What is a military living history group?

A reenactment organization that focuses on portraying a military unit of another time period.

Even though their focus is not living history, some reenactment groups are considered living history organizations because they interpret or portray the past at public events and demonstrations.

What do you often find in an American G.I. Museum?

A museum dedicated to American infantrymen who fought in various wars during the 20th century, including WWII.

Museums are not limited to military history. Many tell the story of a particular time period or culture around the world. Others focus on animals, art or science. Many museums have exhibits that feature artifacts from everyday life, such as rocks, shells or household items.

What is a World War II museum?

A World War II museum is dedicated to soldiers and events of WWII.

Military museums may be dedicated to a specific war, such as WWII or the American Civil War, or focused on a particular fighting force, such as US Marines or Soviet Air Force.

Museums that interpret history often have exhibits that show what life was like at another time in the past. They may have equipment and clothing from a certain time period, furniture and toys. Many types of museums specialize in showing objects associated with a certain type of activity or work.

What is a tank museum?

Many museums are dedicated to a certain type of artifact or material culture. They may focus on things like clothes, furniture, toys, cars or even rock specimens.

A tank museum is one that specializes in tanks, the heavily-armed fighting vehicles used by many armies since WWII and may also have exhibits about other types of military equipment too.

Military or war museums may focus on weapons, or feature military vehicles such as tanks and airplanes. Some World War II museums have tanks, fighter planes and warships. They often display other items used by soldiers during the war, including uniforms and equipment. Many countries around the world have museums dedicated to their military history.

What types of artifacts might be found in World War II museum?

An individual World War II museum may have uniforms, weapons, equipment or other items used by soldiers in the war. An American museum may feature G.I. gear, weapons and equipment used during WWII by US forces. A Russian museum might display Soviet Air Force uniforms and helmets.

What are some examples of museums that house military vehicles?

The United States has many museums dedicated to military history. These include tanks and aircraft at the National Guard Air and Army Museum in Ohio, as well as vintage boats such as those found at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum in Michigan. Many countries around the world have museums that contain tanks and other military vehicles.

What Is considered History in Motion?

History in Motions is a type of museum that features vehicles as well as people, such as military trucks and tanks used during a historical event.

History in Motion museums often have both moving and still exhibits because they focus on the objects but also show how these items were used or who operated them during a certain time period.

What is a museum that specializes in World War II?

A museum that focuses on the men and women, events and equipment of World War II.

Many museums around the world focus on various aspects of WWII. Some show military life during the war era, while others feature objects used by soldiers or everyday items in use during that time period.

What Is considered History Alive?

An event where museum visitors participate in a re-enactment of an historical event, such as a World War II battle.

History Alive museums may also have hands-on exhibits and programs that show how objects were used during the war. Some events include actors and/or film crews to recreate history. They often feature military vehicles and equipment, and offer interactive activities, such as firing a machine gun or fixing radios.

What are some examples of History Alive museums?

Many United States World War II museums have living history programs that allow visitors to learn about different aspects of war life including touring camps or meeting historic figures. The National WWII Museum has several events each year, which include re-enactments of historic events, lectures and guest appearances by various military personnel. The War in the Pacific National Historical Park has a program that includes demonstrations of dog tags, Morse code and historical photographs.

What might be included in World War II history in motion vehicle demonstrations?

World War II History in Motion demonstrations would be about a military vehicle and its use in a historical event.

A WWII History in Motion museum may have demonstrations of vehicles being used during historic events, such as tanks firing at an enemy line or planes dropping bombs from the sky. Some museums offer speakers to explain how certain vehicles were used in battle or show films related to specific battles.

What might be included in a World War I tank museum?

A World War I tank museum could include some vehicles as well as uniforms, weapons and equipment used during the war.

A World War I tank museum will have a large collection of tanks from that era as well as various uniforms, guns and other items used by soldiers. Some museums display objects relating to specific battles or wars fought during this time period.

What might be included in a World War II tank museum?

A World War II tank museum would most likely contain tanks, planes or other vehicles used in WWII.

Operable military vehicles are the main attraction at History in Motion museums. These include tanks, airplanes, trucks and other equipment used during World War II. A tank history museum may also show how these items were used during the war, such as showing how people manned them and highlighting certain battles.

What might be included in living history educational school day events?

Living history education school day events is a children's school day that focuses on WWII history.

Schools often hold living educational events to give students a better understanding of an historical event, such as World War II battles. These may include listening to speakers or watching reenactments performed by actors in costumes. Students also have the opportunity to learn about different aspects of war life, such as what tanks and planes looked like and how they were operated in battle.

 

MoxieInside

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Awesome WWI and WWII reenactment!

Ken

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Duval Evans

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Awesome display of historical military items.

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Chuck Wright

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LOVED IT!! My daughter, grandsons and I went there last week.Real history comes to life.

Laura Rose

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Awesome

John Walker

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Grandkids a grandpa loved it....
Small but has great service vehicles. Additional displays are being built for more uniforms on the he second floor. This is a very small museum so your visit may take under an hour unless you take time to read information on each of the vehicles. The coolest thing is that all of the displayed vehicles are fully operational. A troop carrier had recently returned from touring France as part of a Normandy remembrance. A nice WW1 infantry display commemorating Texas doughboys. A unique, permanent Vietnam War memorial recognizing all those killed or missing in action updated as MIA remains are identified. The director mentioned since the vehicles are operational they are used in on-site reenactments including the Sherman tank and a French 2-man tank no one knows how it got to Texas.

Ethan Machac

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I've volunteered here the past two days and it's amazing. The tanks and other vehicles look brand new and the people are really nice. I definitely recommend coming down here.

Jon Ruehle

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A great place to visit with a lot of military hardware, light tanks, jeeps, personnel carriers from all of the wars. Even an F model Cobra and a PBR Mk2!

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Whowantsit

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Piece of history
Loved it here. Their veterans day artillery demonstration was great. They even have a flame thrower
Great museum.

Kelly Lewis

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Great collection. Vietnam dog tags were shocking and somber
A very special place to look back in time, Semper-fi to all.

Levi Ison

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It was fun walk at your own pace

Ron England

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Loved it
Pretty neat and got to push start a willys with a bad starter

Tim Wenzel

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Small museum but packed with information and displays. The display of tanks and military vehicles is impressive. Younger kids may like seeing this part but probably won't get it
We loved it, we will go back for more adventures!!!
Outstanding place. This is a great museum. My son loved it here
Neat military vehicles to look at and friendly people. Not ever crowded.
What a great museum! So much to see! I found out about it by being part of the Patriot Guard Riders who escorted the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument of dog tags to the museum 8 years ago. What an experience! And what an honor to our Vietnam veterans. God bless them all!
Very interesting and informative. Amazing for a small new museum

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Mike Wil

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Lots of cool vehicle displays.
Very amazing place and experience. Met some amazing people and will definitely be returning here.

matt husband

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Loved it a really well done museum with a great staff
This place is pretty awesome if you are into history. It's not very big but the displays are well taken care of to "like" new .
Small but has great service vehicles. Additional displays are being built for more uniforms on the he second floor. This is a very small museum so your visit may take under an hour unless you take time to read information on each of the vehicles. The coolest thing is that all of the displayed vehicles are fully operational. A troop carrier had recently returned from touring France as part of a Normandy remembrance. A nice WW1 infantry display commemorating Texas doughboys. A unique, permanent Vietnam War memorial recognizing all those killed or missing in action updated as MIA remains are identified. The director mentioned since the vehicles are operational they are used in on-site reenactments including the Sherman tank and a French 2-man tank no one knows how it got to Texas.

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It's a good museum for its size, definitely worth stopping in to check out the Renault WW1 tank-- I've been to a lot of military museums and you just don't see WW1 tanks. The gift shop is actually pretty good as well.
Awesome vehicles! Great displays! Fascinating audio stories! Well worth the price

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Emely Lara

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Great place to learn about tanks, uniforms, and the meaning of the metals from different times of War...

June Walker

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Travis Guill

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Great place, knowledgeable staff, and some amazing pieces of history.

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Rick Skaggs

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Renault tank a must see

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Went to the museum today, and they had an outdoor event where they were demonstrating on how to shoot certain guns and they did a great 👍 job. Unfortunately because of the wind and the expected rain to come (which never did) they couldn’t show us the flamethrower which I guess a lot of people there were hoping to see. But the experience was the best thing ever. The best part was when a general was role playing a soldier, (who he studied and researched on) and how it felt to be in world war 1&2. The best museum I’ve ever been to. Very entertaining!!!😊😊
Very interesting. The uniforms were in amazing condition despite their age.

Martin Bunch

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Amazing
Everything you need to know about our great soldiers. God Bless America 🇺🇸
Wow, some great displays. A real neat place lots to see

Vic Kingrey

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Great fun place to visit and see all the items they have! Had lots of fun!

Kaitlin Shaw

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Great place, I recommend the tour. We learned so much. They also have a memorial day event where they actually drive all the vehicles.

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Laura Rose

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Awesome

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Matt Payne

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Definitely worth going to. Will return.

Lisa Stout

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Great history place. Gives the history of all American wars. Has original tanks.
A great visit with our Korean War vet in tow.

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Joan Skerry

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So much info and great machines like a helicopter, tank etc.

Josh Rizzo

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The WWII re-enactment weekend was GREAT!!
Nice tribute to the G.I.

C Gamers

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Who wouldn't love this small but well-designed space for learning about the military history of the Brazos valley? The vehicles and uniforms are all restored to their original condition. Though kids can't climb on them, the machines are still remarkable. The museum is obviously a labor of love for the kind and welcoming staff.

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Lori Strunk

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This is a awesome museum felt honored as I'm an army veteran

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Misty Golden

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Helpful staff and great displays. Learned so much. Amazing collection of WWI & WWII propaganda posters.
Absolutely amazing museum, I visited right around Christmas 2021, and despite the activity of the neighboring Santa's Wonderland, this museum was nearly entirely quiet. If this museum were closer to home, I'd be here every day!

Ray Torres

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Very educational exhibit. Great restoration of the first type tank. The uniform display was interesting. Worth the admission and knowledge.

Ray Torres

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Very educational exhibit. Great restoration of the first type tank. The uniform display was interesting. Worth the admission and knowledge.

Hugh Leland

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Get to bring my grandson back, lots of stuff he would be interested in.

Paul Hergert

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Well preserved and displayed memorabilia and am outstanding staff. Paul and Cody are very pleasant and knowledgeable. Well worth a stop if you're in the area.

Aaron Clark

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Had a great experience, went with 3 kids. The 7 year old loved it. The 2 year olds loved running around, but it was over their heads. All and all a great experience, and we will definitely be going back.
Loved it here. Their veterans day artillery demonstration was great. They even have a flame thrower

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Norm Irwin

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Brent and crew are great people to deal with.
Great place with an absolutely amazing military vehicle display.

Rickey Nance

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Great museum Highlight to me was the WW1 Tank- Couldn't believe how good the condition it was in.

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Ryan Neisner

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Enthusiastic staff. Great place to take the kiddos. They fired a WW 1 cannon last time we went!

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Dusty Hegge

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(Translated by Google) Very good place to remember history (Original) Muy buen lugar para recordar la historia

Damon Wilson

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Great

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Mike Hamner

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Lots of info and variety of tanks, synopsis of timelines of WWI and subsequent wars. Very interesting, certainly worth a visit.

George Hill

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A truly wonderful collection of uniforms, equipment, personal artifacts, and fully operational and immaculately restored military vehicles used by American fighting men from the Great War up to the present day. It is well worth the time to visit this gem and honor these gallant men who have served our country.

Emely Lara

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Great place to learn about tanks, uniforms, and the meaning of the metals from different times of War...

Mary Berry

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AMAZING
Really cool museum staff is full of knowledge about the vehicles on display and the corgi dogs are fun to

C. F.

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Incredible private collection of vehicles, uniforms, weapons, flags and memorabilia.

Andrew White

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Excellent museum incredible artifacts and incredible stories

crzapy B

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Really cool museum with working tanks. A must for fans of armor.

Debra Vallez

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Great visit. Dedicated/knowledgeable living history volunteers.
A BIG WORLD WAR ONE AND WORLD WAR TWO RE-ENACTMENT TOOK PLACE IT WAS AWESOME!. TANKS, TRENCHES, MACHINE GUNS EVERYTHING! I LOVED IT

Jonathan Kin

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History in Motion; November annual event. Vehicle pay ride opportunity. Weapons displays and demos.

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