Museums teach us many important lessons, like the fact that history’s finest figures had waxy complexions and to trust anyone wearing a dusted wig. Pull wisdom from the powdery past with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get a one-year family membership (two adults and two children) to the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum on Southmore Street (a $45 value).
Founded in 2000 by Vietnam veteran and African-American military historian Captain Paul J. Matthews, the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum deftly chronicles the service of African-American servicemen and women from the nation’s founding to the present day. With full-family membership, two scholarship-seeking adults and two fact-ferreting kids receive full admission, subscription to the quarterly newsletter, a 10% discount at the gift store, personalized tours, and discounts on children’s performances for one knowledge-stuffed year. Learn about courageous units from our nation’s past, such as the 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments—the proud originators of the term “Buffalo Soldiers”—or the 24th and 25th Infantry Regiments, who first tasted battle on the fiery fields of the Civil War.
The only museum dedicated solely to African-American soldiers, the institution has received Congressional recognition and attracted more than 20,000 visitors in its first year. With a full host of activities, special events, and exhibits, the museum promises a much more comprehensive factual immersion than past-life regression or swimming in a bathtub full of Snapple caps.
Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
Although black soldiers have served in every American war, they weren't formally included in the regular US Army until an act of Congress in 1866. Their regiments—the 9th and 10th Cavalry and the 24th and 25th Infantry—became known as Buffalo Soldiers, a nickname originally conceived as a term of respect by the American Indians they often fiercely fought in battle. Eventually, the nickname came to be used for all black soldiers, even after the military was integrated and the units disbanded.
Located in Houston's Museum District, the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum is the only museum in the nation primarily dedicated to preserving the legacy of African American soldiers, ranging from the Revolutionary War to the Persian Gulf War. Their rich history is too often forgotten when the stories of American conflicts are told. Former slaves and Civil War veterans joined the original regiments, and the soldiers served their country even while they weren't afforded equal rights. The museum features galleries of artifacts from various wartime eras, a historical reenactment, and preserved interviews with the last Buffalo Soldiers, who served in World War II.
The Museum District
1834 Southmore St.
Houston, Texas 77004Get Directions