San Antonio: Fort Sam Houston Museum

Shortly before World War I, Lt. Benjamin Foulois and a cadre of young pilots pushed the limits of flight at Fort Sam Houston. Their bravery and flight experiments would, ultimately, lead to San Antonio becoming the epicenter of American military aviation. The tradition began more than a century ago by those aviation pioneers continues in San Antonio today. It’s a modern military city, with a total of seven Army and Air Forces bases nearby.

Fort Sam Houston is an active military base and access is limited.  Please call the Fort Sam Houston Museum for detailed visitation instructions.  Visitors typically gain access same day. 

Fort Sam Houston Museum

  • Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 pm., Saturday, 12-4 p.m.
  • Admission: None
  • Fort Sam Houston Quadrangle, Bldg 16, San Antonio, TX 
  • Civilian entrance to base at Walters Street gate off IH-35.
  • 210-221-1886
  • Visit Website
  • National Register of Historic Places