Last updated: 8/5/2015
Building 205 Custer AveFort Riley, KS 66442
Building 205 CusterFort Riley, KS 66442
It is closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.
Monday - Saturday
9 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday - Friday
8 AM - 4 PM
We welcome all individuals having an interest in preserving the history and heritage of the Cavalry, young or old, civilian or military. We welcome those who are interested in genealogy, to help in establishing Cavalry connections in that field. We solicit the membership of memorial mounted units or reenactment groups that help keep alive the proud history of the Cavalry. We encourage the membership of equestrians whose interest is in recognizing the Cavalry’s contributions to horsemanship and horsemastership. We welcome cavalrymen of yesteryear and today, to help us keep alive the traditions and spirit of the Cavalry.
We are sponsors of the U.S. Cavalry Museum at Fort Riley, Kansas, part of the Army Museum System, housed in the historic building that once was the headquarters of the famous U.S. Army Cavalry School. We assist in the preservation and display of priceless Cavalry artifacts from the Revolutionary War to modern time. Each year the Museum attracts nearly 100,000 visitors.
The U.S. Cavalry Museum is part of the Army Museum System and chronicles the colorful history of the American Mounted Horse Soldier from the Revolutionary War to 1950. The building that houses the Museum was once the headquarters used by General George Armstrong Custer.
Mission Statement as approved by the Center of Military History: To collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret those materials that are integral parts of the history and traditions of the U.S. Cavalry from 1775 to 1950. In addition, the Museum Division is responsible for exhibiting and interpreting the history of Fort Riley from its establishment to the present, to include its various schools, major commands, and community life. To support post education, training, research, and historical programs. The museum will provide educational programs and services.
The building was built in 1855, originally to serve as the base hospital. In 1890, it became the Cavalry School Administration Building until 1957 when it was repurposed as the Fort Riley Historical Museum. It was renamed the U.S. Cavalry museum in 1962.