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45th Infantry Museum

Located at 2145 NE 36 th St., the 45 th Museum sits less than a mile West of I-35 on NE 36 th St.
The museum boasts 27,000 square feet and a fifteen-acre military park containing over 70
military vehicles, tanks, artillery pieces, aircraft, and ancillary equipment.
Within the walls of the old 1936 WPA armory you will follow Oklahoma’s military history from the time of the conquistadores to modern times.
Among the thousands of artifacts on exhibit you’ll see several special collections. The museum
is proud to display the Jordan Reaves US Military Firearms Collection, the third largest of its
kind in the nation.
The largest collection of items once the personal property of Adolf Hitler on public display in the
world (there are larger collections but not on display).
The Bill Mauldin Art collection. Bill Mauldin began his military career in the 45 th Division
before WWII. On display here is the largest collection of Bill Mauldin’s original, Willie & Joe
cartoons as he drew them in the field during the Second World War. Mr. Mauldin received the
Pulitzer Prize for this body of work.
In our Supporting Forces Hall, you’ll bare witness to the many achievements of the Oklahoma
Air National Guard and Oklahomans in military aviation, here too is where we maintain all the
museum’s operational vehicles and aircraft.
The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 am till 4:14 pm. The park is closed not
later than 5:00 pm. Weekends we’re open, Saturday 10:00am to 4:15 pm and Sundays 1:00 pm to
4:15 pm.
As always, the museum is FREE.
Currently the 45 th Infantry Division Association is raising funds with the “Walk of Honor”,
they are selling bricks onto which you can have engraved information about any honorably
discharged veteran. Funds raised will not only support the museum but pay for several
monuments to be erected at American Military Cemeteries in Europe.
For more information email or call 405.424-5313.