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We love stopping here and have been twice in the last 5 years. Bathrooms are clean and the short interactive free tour is fun for everyone even children. At the end you can pan for gold and go to the top tower where there are binoculars for viewing. The missionaries are very nice. I recommend this for anyone in the area.
I generally do not like museums but this one was fantastic! They did a great job telling the story of the battalion. Anyone would enjoy it. Great hands on activities for the kids. Good for all ages.
This was seriously the coolest place my family visited when we were in San Diego! Even our kids absolutely loved it. It was a great little stop. The facility was as nice as could be and the video production was excellent. I would highly recommend anyone in the area stop by and make a few minutes to stop in.
I hadn't visited since before the Mormon Battalion visitor's center got a complete redo. The new visitor's center was AMAZING! I had my boys, 10 and 7 with me. The presentation was so fun! It was interactive and engaging for people of all ages. It was great that they made a movie presentation with actual actors. Perfect way to spend the beginning of our day.
This is a fun, interactive, free site to visit. Great for kids and families. There is free parking we didn't know about the first time we went. This area gets really busy on weekends so take advantage of the parking! (For visitors to the site only)
Really interesting historical aspect of San Diego (and US history). The facilities are really nice (bathrooms are super clean and great AC for a hot day). They take you through a semi augmented reality experience of what it would be like to go back in time and be a part of the US army as a battalion member. You also can get a free black and white picture (see ours in the pictures I uploaded) to make you look like the old time period. My wife and I had fun. It’s super interesting to see how Mormons we’re a part of the founding of San Diego. Also, you can pan for gold! If you’re lucky, you might find some (it’s iron pyrite aka fools gold), but it’s still fun to get your hands wet and pretend. Fun for kids. They let us keep one piece. If you don’t mind them putting in a little pitch for their belief in Jesus, it is really worth while. They aren’t pushy at all, but if you have questions about spirituality, religion or Mormons, they’ll be more than happy to answer 😉. Oh there is also a great lookout with binoculars. They have really put some thought into this place.
Our family was visiting from out of town. Friendly guides walk you through re-enactments, viewed on screen, of actual LDS history. Our boys loved it. One of our boys was chosen to dress up like the soldiers did back then. At the end of the tour, we were able to have an 'old fashioned' looking picture taken of our family. Then, we were able to 'mine and sift' for fool's gold. Each of our boys were able to keep one piece.
A great place to go and learn some San Diego history. Especially good for kids with interactive displays and a pretty impressive walk through immersion of the pioneer experience. Kids can dress up as a pioneer soldier, pan for gold, and get vintage pictures taken. Best of all it is completely free!!!
Interesting interactive telling of the story behind the Mormon Battalion. See artifacts from the original members of the Battalion, let the kids pan for gold, see how bricks were made. Wonderful to see the faith of those men and women in the Battalion required to decide to walk 2000 miles across the undeveloped mid 19th century United States/Mexico. Worth the visit and bring the family!
Our family was visiting from out of town. Friendly guides walk you through re-enactments, viewed on screen, of actual LDS history. Our boys loved it. One of our boys was chosen to dress up like the soldiers did back then. At the end of the tour, we were able to have an 'old fashioned' looking picture taken of our family. Then, we were able to 'mine and sift' for fool's gold. Each of our boys were able to keep one piece. Please like and share if you found this information useful. 😁
My family and I really enjoyed visiting this historic site. We are LDS (Mormon) and are familiar with much of the history of the Mormon Battalion and really enjoyed coming here. They have done a great job making the presentation quality and enjoyable. I was impressed. My kids especially enjoyed panning for (fake) gold at the end.
If you are in the Old Town area of San Diego, this is a small walk away. The tour is mostly videos in 3 different rooms and some interaction that takes you on the adventure across the states that the Mormons took to get to San Diego. Very informative and free. If you have the time, definitely a thing to do. You can get a photo and pan for gold after the tour. For a great view go up the tower.
Beautiful, free, full of interesting fact. Kids loved it. Adults loved it. Free. The people running the place are super nice. And after the awesome tour the kids had the chance to "search" for gold and keep the nuggets they found in their pan. Their is even a place to take "an old time photo" (black and white, but cool anyway) For free! Love it. Wait, did I say that all of that was free? ;)
This was such a fun experience! I was told before I visited San Diego I absolutely has to visit this historical site and they were right. There's a fantastic tour and presentation explaining the history behind the Mormon Battalion, commissioned by the U.S. government in the 1800's. The presentation is very well put together and is enjoyable for adults and kids alike. One does not need to have any interest in the Mormon church to enjoy visiting.
Really cool tour... the interactive elements engage you during the tour. It brings some humor while teaching about historical facts surrounding the Mormons. Very insightful and they ask for a donation after so you can take the tour, and if you enjoy it, you can donate as much or as little as you feel it's warranted.
Well done and the volunteers were all very nice! The patio was so much fun for my 18-month old and everything was very educational for my husband and me. We loved our experience.
Really wonderful place to see. You can take a completely free tour that takes about 45 minutes. But if you do not have a lot of time you can take a 10 minute tour that us just as good. It's a great place for large groups and small children. They also have a handicap tour, it's a pretty cool movie with the same information. Religious or not, this is a great place. You can pan for fool's gold!!
My young kids loved "digging" for gold outside. My older kids enjoyed the interactive tour. My wife and I enjoyed the tour too, but really liked the AC on the hot day
This is a great look into history. The presentation is fun and interactive, as well as informational. The presentation is just the right length, long enough to satisfy curiosity, but short enough to keep your attention - around 30 minutes. Great for families!
Took my family here and it was a great experience. My kids loved the interaction with the staff there. They keep your attention and are very knowledgeable. Then they have at the end of the tour they let you pan for gold. They loved it.
FREE admission~ The museum: Very informative!! They are very creative to use animation & videos to tell us about the history. It is definitely not a boring presentation on the screen. Each room is setup with different time of the history. Missionaries will share with us some of the history then we will watch a few minutes of the video. At the end of the guided tour, they have an area to display the personal items belonged to the soldiers. At the backyard, you can practice the gold panning. On the roof, there is a lookout area, good view of the old town San Diego. It is walking distance to many restaurants and shops in old town San Diego. If you are in the area, stop by and spend a very educational 45 minutes at Mormom Battalion. The Parking: Private lot (FREE)