The First Infantry Division Museum, located at Fort Riley, Kansas, tells the story of the
most storied division. Founded in 1917, the First Division (First American Expeditionary Force)
was created by General John J. "Blackjack" Pershing to meet the growing threat in Europe by Germany.
The Expeditionary Force was comprised mainly of Army units on duty on the Mexican border.
The First American Expeditionary Force was renamed the 1st Infantry Division on July 6, 1917 after one of the Regiments marched through Paris to raise moral over the war.
During World War I the First Infantry Division was the first to arrive in France, fired the first American shell in combat, received the first casualty, and won the first victory of the war.
The First Infantry Division has carved its name into the annals of our nation's military history. Campaigns from the trenches of World War I to the beaches of North Africa, Sicily and Normandy, begins this story of service and sacrifice. The jungles of Southeast Asia, the rough terrain of the Balkans and the deserts of Southwest Asia are settings for the more recent history of the Big Red One.
The building holding the Museum was originally constructed in 1905 as barracks for the Cavalry School Band, later served as offices for the Cavalry Board. Today, the 1st Infantry Division Museum tells the story of units assigned to Fort Riley, as well as, the contributions made by constabulary soldiers in the immediate years following World War II.
Mon - Sat 10am to 4pm
Sun 1pm to 4pm
Closed New Year, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas
First Infantry Division Museum
Building 207 Custer Ave
Fort Riley, Kansas