In 2019 Central Texas will be getting a new facility.

The 66,000-square-foot Mounted Warrior Museum will call Fort Hood home and will include an orientation theater, interactive and immersive exhibits, children’s areas, archives, interpretive trail, unit memorials, simulation activities, classrooms, children’s playscape and military vehicles.

Shannon Shipman, business manager of the National Mounted Warfare Foundation and Katelyn Perez, administrative assistant, shared the museum’s vision and the current status of fundraising efforts at the Harker Heights Kiwanis Club meeting Tuesday.

The museum and soldier center will provide educational opportunities for preserving and interpreting the story of the mounted units and soldiers who have served at Fort Hood and worldwide along with the rich history and values of Texas, according to Shipman.

The museum will be located outside Fort Hood’s main gate, near the Visitor’s Center and the 1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment.

“Fort Hood has donated about 65 acres of land for us to build in that area stretching toward (U.S.) Highway 190,” said Shipman.

Once the facility is open the public, 250,000 visitors are expected to visit the location in its first year and according to Shipman, most of the muesum’s vistors will be from the surrounding area.

Fundraising is expected to be completed by 2017, followed by the official groundbreaking. Construction is predicted to be finished in 2019.

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