U.S. Army Field Artillery Museum
Established on June 2nd, 2009, the U.S. Army Field Artillery Museum offers exhibits drawn from their growing collection of artifacts that interpret the history of field artillery units from 1775 to the present. This museum is open to the public and visitors are encouraged to call in advance to inquire about how they might access the museum which is located within Fort Sill, the Army's training base for artillery personnel. The museum also sponsors special events such as re-enactments and occasional live demonstration. The museum includes static displays of historic artillery and air defense pieces. Indoor exhibits include uniforms, weapons, tools, and artillery pieces through each pivotal era in America's military history.
Backstory and Context
The museum exhibits are arranged chronologically and each is dedicated to a certain era complete with artillery pieces, ammo, uniforms, rifles, pistols, tools, gear, tactics, and plenty of stories from veterans. The museum has become one of the leading destinations in Fort Sill, Oklahoma with exhibits and guided tours, as well as live demonstrations of how muskets were loaded and fired in the Revolutionary War and Civil War. The museum also offers the option of holding weapons that were used in WWI and WWII.
The museum demonstrates the vital role of artillery and supports the statement by Napoleon Bonaparte that "it is with artillery that one makes war.” Field artillery has had a central place in every war from simple cannons in the 13th century to modern paladins.
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