The Frontier Army Museum on Fort Leavenworth will host Night at the Museum on Friday.

The annual event, hosted by the Friends of the Frontier Army Museum, features a series of 35-minute guided tours of the museum.

The event is free and open to the public.

The volunteer organization that supports the museum hosts the event each year in an effort to expose young people to the rich history of the Leavenworth area.

“We want to get kids initiated in history,” said Megan Hunter, museum specialist at the facility.

The event will be held from 6-9 p.m. Friday at the museum, located at 100 Reynolds Ave. on the fort.

Those wishing to attend must pre-register online at

The tours will include five living exhibits in which re-enactors in period dress will talk with attendees and answer questions.

The tours will feature many pieces of history at the museum. Hunter said one of the most popular exhibits is the Lincoln carriage.

Hunter said it is the same carriage used by Abraham Lincoln during his December 1859 visit to Leavenworth.

Another extensive exhibit is the one featuring the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

“The U.S. Army played an important role in those days mapping the West,” Hunter said. “The exhibit has many instruments used by the explorers in their scientific experiments in this area.”

Also featured is a bi-plane, nicknamed “Jenny,” which is displayed high near the ceiling of one room.

Hunter said the Curtiss JN4D bi-plane was used during the Mexican Punitive Expedition to hunt down Pancho Villa.

Hunter said the oldest piece in the museum is a 1763 flintlock musket, which is displayed in a glass case.

The museum also features numerous weapons, uniforms, medals, maps and more.

Hunter said there are some 6,500 artifacts at the museum, although only about 5 percent are on display.