The existing Fort Sam Houston Museum was built in 1905 and takes visitors through the history of the Army in San Antonio from establishment of the post in 1845 to present day JBSA-Fort Sam Houston.
Much like other areas of the rapidly-growing military presence in San Antonio, the museum has outgrown its space, and the building was old and deemed not up to standards. The U.S. Army Center of Military History said to shut it down, but Army North invited the museum to relocate to the historic Quadrangle.
Museum guests can trace the evolution of the field uniform from the five-button sack coat of the 18th Century to the present day Army Combat Uniform. They can see the history of the first military flight, which took place at the Army post in 1910.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will gut the inside of the east wing of the Quadrangle which most recently housed Army North staff offices. It will install air conditioning and heating. And the entrance to the museum will be constructed to appear the way it looked in 1876, when the Quadrangle was built.
The new museum is scheduled to open early next year.