Last updated: 11/17/2010
Houston, Texas
Street Address
1834 Southmore Blvd
Houston, TX 77004
Mailing Address
1834 Southmore Blvd
Houston, TX 77004
Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Paul J. Matthews, Founder & CEO
Dr. Franklin D.B. Jackson, Historian

BSNM is open to the public six days of the week (Monday through Saturday), conducting tours for the general public and area schools, in addition to providing education programming for middle to high school students. Among its many outreach programs, BSNM participates in parades, gives historical lectures, and sponsors a youth drill team. The museum is also an active participant in national veteran projects, such as the Veterans’ Registry Project.

As the only museum in the United States that is solely dedicated to preserving the legacy and honor of the African American soldier, BSNM provides a much needed venue to ensure the historical contribution of the Buffalo Soldier and African Americans in the nation’s great wars is not lost to the broad-based community. BSNM is a proud member of the Museum District of Houston and actively seeks out collaborations within the arts and educational communities in order to present multi-faceted events that present the story of African Americans on active duty.

Kids and Teacher Guide available on website: 'The Forgotten Faces of Fort Craig': the Untold Story of a Buffalo Soldier focuses on the ways forensic anthropologists examine skeletons to learn about the history of a buffalo soldier. One skeleton reveals the life story of an actual buffalo soldier. We can think of bones as skeleton keys, and these keys can help unlock the story of these brave men who fought for America. A scientist who uses the 'keys' in human bones and teeth is a forensic anthropologist.


Its mission is to preserve, promote and perpetuate the history, tradition and outstanding contributions of the Buffalo Soldier and African American soldiers. It is the vision of BSNM that a feeling of pride and patriotism will be realized in everyone due to the gallant contributions of men and women across all cultures and ethnicities who have served in America’s Armed Forces.


The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum (BSNM) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded in January 2001 by Vietnam veteran and African American military historian, Paul J. Matthews.

Artifact Collections

Military artifacts and memorabilia from the Revolutionary War to the Persian Gulf War


Access: Staff Only

Appointment required: Yes


Wheelchair Accessible


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