Tours, Special Tours, Staff Rides, and Special Events

NOTICE: Current as of November 2022. The WSMR Museum will be closed to all visitors while we prepare for the installation of a new permanent exhibit. Due to factors outside of our control, the reopening of the museum has been delayed until early 2023. Military, government, and other organizations can still submit a Tour and Special Event Request Form, located in the FAQ section. Changes to our access policy will be announced on our Facebook page, this website, and through the WSMR Public Affairs Office.

Download the Tour and Special Event Request Form

Q. What are Tours, Special Tours, Staff Rides, and Special Events?
A. Please see the following definitions.

Museum Tours: Due to personnel constraints, tours of the museum are reserved for approved groups and organizations and are subject to staff availability.

Special Tours: The museum offers the following special tours for approved special interest organizations, governmental organizations, and military units. These include traditional and non-traditional staff rides for professional military education. Special tours available include:
-Trinity Site and the McDonald Ranch House
-Cold War Tour of WSMR Landmarks
-Battle of Hembrillo Battlefield

Special Events: These are events that request the time and use of Museum staff, volunteers, facilities, etc. Examples of Special Events include:
-Visits by VIPs or Distinguished Visitors (see below)
-Change of Command Ceremonies
-Reenlistment Ceremonies
-Launch and Test Events open for public viewing

Q. What groups or organizations can submit a tour request?
A. Please see the list below:
-Military and civilian Department of Defense units and organizations
-Federal and State offices, departments, and organizations
-Special interest and educational groups (Boy/Girl Scouts, historical societies, schools, etc.)

Q. Do I need to submit a Request Form to request a Tour for just my family?
A. Museum Tour requests are subject to staff member availability. Request forms are not accepted for individual or family tours.

Q. How do I submit a request for a Tour, Special Tour, Staff Ride, or Special Event?
A. All Special Tour, Staff Ride, or Special Event Requests must be submitted using the WSMR Tour and Event Request Form. Please follow the instructions on the form to submit it to the Museum.

Q. What constitutes a tour or visit attended by a VIP or DV?
A. VIPs and DVs are identified in DA PAM 600-60 A Guide to Protocol and Etiquette for Official Entertainment, Appendix D: Precedence List. Tours and visits by VIPs and DVs should be coordinated through the WSMR Garrison Administration’s Protocol Office at (575)-678-1038/2220 or DSN 258-2220.