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 the unit's journey to San Diego. During the Mexican-American war, the battalion of nearly 500 men left Council Bluffs, Iowa, in July 1846 for a grueling six-month, roughly 2,000-mile infantry march, accompanied by approximately 80 women and children. Once the group arrived in San Diego, its members helped develop Old Town. The museum features impressive set designs and multimedia exhibits, including talking picture frames. Guides in period costumes lead visitors through a series of rooms representing stages of the journey. 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