45th Infantry Division Museum

2145 NE 36th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73111

45th Infantry Division Museum

Address:
2145 NE 36th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
Phone:
405-424-5313
Office Fax:
405-425-3748

A spectacular collection of military artifacts is housed at the 45th Infantry Division Museum in Oklahoma City. Exhibits in the museum present these fascinating objects to narrate the military history of Oklahoma's own 45th Infantry Division of the National Guard, also known as the Thunderbirds. The museum highlights other aspects of American military history as well. 

The museum showcases intriguing exhibits such as the Reaves Firearm Collection, including infantry and cavalry weapons from the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam War. See over 200 World War II cartoons by 45th Infantry Division soldier Bill Mauldin. Produced from 1944 to 1945, his illustrations provided much-needed humor during wartime. The Hall of Flags exhibits narrate Oklahoma's early military history, beginning with the history of its forts. These exhibits also detail Civil War battles that took place in Oklahoma, the Spanish-American War and World War I. 

Learn the role of the 45th Infantry Division in both World War II and the Korean War. The World War II exhibit features photographs and artifacts from the division's activity in Europe, beginning with four landings in Sicily in 1943. Other fascinating items in the World War II exhibit include artifacts once owned by Adolf Hitler, including a mirror from the bedroom of the Berlin Bunker, Nazi uniforms and German dress daggers. The Korean War exhibit includes information about the 45th Infantry Division's actions in the war, a Maxim machine gun captured from the enemy and artifacts from the war. 

Outside on the grounds of the 45th Infantry Division Museum is Thunderbird Park. Some of the larger artifacts of Oklahoma's military history are located there, including tanks, aircraft and large guns. The 45th Infantry Division Monument rises up in the park 40 feet high and honors the men of the division who served in both World War II and the Korean War.  

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Sunday: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Gates locked at 5pm.
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