Mormon Battalion Museum

Address: 2510 Juan St, San Diego, CA 92110


Five companies of Mormon (LDS Christian) men volunteered for service in the US Military just as the war began with Mexico.  They were accompanied by about 30 women and 50 children.  They marched over 2,000 miles to San Diego and were pivotal in the organisation of the newly US cities of San Diego, San Francisco as well as The Gold Rush.  This museum is dedicated to telling their story.

The free museum is located about a block from the center of Old Town.  The museum is a beautiful work of art inside and out.  My kids felt like they were watching a presentation from “Disney” because of the Harry Potter-like picture frames, scenes, and audience interaction.  They dressed me up in 1800’s military attire and  the kids  even got to pan for gold. It’s a great break from the sun, they have restrooms, and we walked away knowing a bit more history about this less-known group.

Visit some of our other San Diego Adventures:


San Diego Maritime Museum – One of the best museums in San Diego

USS Midway – Aircraft Carrier Museum

Balboa Park – Home of 16+  museums and zoos

Natural History Museum

Ruben H Fleet Science Center Museum

San Diego Old Town – Historic Area

Coronado Beach – Beach

Cabrillo Point – Historic Site & Lookout

Seaport Village – Outdoor Shopping Area


Here’s our article about our Old Town adventure.  Here are some more photos: