Operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, this engaging museum tells the story of the formation of the Mormon Battalion and their journey to San Diego. The battalion of just under 500 men left Council Bluffs, Iowa on July 20, 1846 for a grueling 6-month, roughly 2,000-mi infantry march during the Mexican-American war. Approximately 80 women and children accompanied the group. Upon their arrival in San Diego, members of the Battalion were involved in
the development of Old Town. Opened in early 2010 after a major remodel, the Mormon Battalion building features impressive set designs and multimedia exhibits. Guides in period costumes lead visitors through a series of rooms representing stages of the journey. Talking picture frames, and other interactive features keep things interesting. At the end of the tour, visitors can learn more about members of the Battalion in the Research Room, or pan for gold out back.
2510 Juan St., San Diego, California, 92110, United States