Welcome to the Buffalo Bill Museum in LeClaire, Iowa…
The museum is open daily in the winter! Monday – Saturday 9-4 and Sunday 12-4
Help support the museum!
100% of the sales in the museum store support the exhibits! Never an admission to shop and plenty of parking!
EVENTS and Fundraisers:
2/24/19 Celebrate Buffalo Bill’s Birthday! Sunday, February 24, 2019 Time: Noon – 4pm Free admission for this event. Celebrate the birthday of one of America’s greatest legends, William “Buffalo Bill” Cody! Join the Buffalo Bill Museum in LeClaire, Iowa for the birthday of their native son. Buffalo Bill was born February 26th 1846 in Scott County, Iowa. Buffalo Bill was a Pony Express Rider and a civil war hero before starring in own Wild West Show and becoming the superstar of his era! Also visit the other great exhibits at the museum such as: the Lone Star, a wooden hull steam powered paddle wheel, Native American artifacts, and exhibits featuring 1900’s ladies fashion, life on Mississippi, riverboat pilots, and many more fascinating displays. There will also be treats, children’s activities (a buffalo chip throwing contest at 1pm)! All Free!
The Robert Schiffke 1920’s Era One Room School House Exhibit. The Buffalo Bill Museum, located in LeClaire, Iowa is excited to announce the opening of their new addition housing a replica 1920’s interior of a one room school house. The new school room addition is named The Robert Schiffke 1920’s Era One Room School House Exhibit in honor of the museum’s director. For a century, from the 1850’s to the 1950’s, one room school houses in Iowa were thriving. The peak years for one room schools occurred during the 1910’s and 20’s. With many of the one room schools in Iowa closing in the mid to late 1950’s. The museum’s project is focused on what students would have experienced in the 1920’s. The replica contains authentic artifacts used in one room school houses located in Iowa. The exhibit encourages visitors to interact with objects found in daily educational techniques of that time. The display is a wonderful educational tool for the museum that gives visitors an inside look of how one room school houses and education throughout the years has changed and evolved. The Buffalo Bill Museum is pleased to be able to bring such a fine educational tool the region.
OUR Fall Foliage Day Trip to Lake Geneva, WI was a great success! Please like us on facebook or look for more trips this spring!
Historic Boat Tour of Lake Geneva and Dinner at the Baker House Mansion included! Thursday, October 18th 2018 Join the Buffalo Bill Museum as we offer a wonderful day get-a-way to Lake Geneva WI. Your day will include a narrated boat tour of Lake Geneva and dinner at the Baker House Mansion. Start the day off by departing from LeClaire, IA aboard a luxury motor coach. Before boarding the historic boat tour of Lake Geneva you will have to time to shop and have lunch on your own in the beautiful town of Lake Geneva, WI. End the day with a tour and dinner at the historic Baker House Mansion. Motor coach, Boat Tour and Dinner are included in price of day trip. Call soon, the trip will fill up fast. All proceeds from the trip will benefit the Buffalo Bill Museum’s School Room building project.
Purchase a copy of the new children’s book: Buffalo Bill and Magic Amulet. Books $13.00. Books are now for sale in the museum store! Magic Amulets $20.00
Explore History! Historic Sites & Homes of LeClaire
Pick up our new Historic Sites & Homes booklet at the museum! This project was paid for you in part by the Iowa Tourism Office.
Read about the museum in AAA Midwest Traveler Magazine AAA-Midwest-Traveler9-17
The Buffalo Bill Museum and LeClaire, Iowa are listed on the National Geographic website that helps people explore the Mississippi River.
We have added audio narratives to a few of our exhibits: Native Americans, Homesteading and James Ryan.
Recently, we received a donation from Mike Wolfe of “American Pickers“. It is Iron-Eyes Cody’s Tee Pee. He was an Italian actor who portrayed an Indian in many Westerns, including John Wayne. He also was known as the crying Indian from the TV commercial to save the environment. The show also did a good tribute to Cecil Fletcher who was friends with the actor and we have a display dedicated to him as well. Cecil was a local musician who wrote a song about LeClaire and had it copyrighted so we have an official city song. Not too many towns can boast that. We also sell his music.
Learn about Geocaching
We just received the Certificate of Excellence 2015 Winner from www.tripadvisor.com for being recognized by customers as one of the very best in the business.
We have also received the Brick and Mortar Award for 2014 from the LeClaire Chamber of Commerce.
The museum director, Robert Schiffke, was awarded The Edward B. deSilva Community Leadership Award for 2015 given by the LeClaire Chamber of Commerce.
Enjoy a fun filled day at the Buffalo Bill Museum in LeClaire, Iowa. You’ll discover fascinating history along the Mighty Mississippi River that will entertain and educate.
1939 Chris Craft Speed Boat on Display
A 3 foot hand crafted replica of the riverboat the Robert E. Lee
The City of LeClaire’s fully restored first fire truck
Educational Play Room for young children 3 to 8 years of age accompanied by an adult
A room displaying Early 1900’s Ladies Fashions
A New Sauk & Fox Indian Display featuring Cradle Boards
Lone Star Wooden Hull Steam-powered Paddle Wheel – “A Must To See”: An exhibit featuring The first licensed Riverboat Pilot on the Mississippi River Philip Suiter
Archival Room where you can do historical research on Buffalo Bill, Mississippi River History, River Pilots and Riverboat History and local area history by appointment
The Riverboat Pilots
Pioneers of LeClaire Township
The “Green Tree Hotel”
Life on the Mississippi River
Summer: 1929 LeClaire Fire Truck / Winter 1949 John Deere Tractor
LeClaire’s Famous Sons:
Showman “Buffalo Bill” Cody and his Wild West Congress
Famous inventor, Professor James Ryan’s, was a LeClaire native. His office on display at the museum and he invented the first flight recorder, the seat belt, and crash bumpers for cars.
James Buchanan Eads, the engineer known for the Eads Bridge in St Louis, Illinois, crossing the Mississippi River.
Open Year Round
Summer Hours Now – November 2018
Monday – Saturday 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Sunday 12:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Winter Hours November – March
Monday – Saturday: 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Sunday 12:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Closed Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Eve open 9am-1pm, Closed Christmas Day
New Years Eve open 9am-1pm, New Years Day 12-4
Youth 6-16 years $1.00
Children under 6 years is Free
Triple AAA Members $4
Active Military are Free
199 N. Front St.
Le Claire, Iowa 52753
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Located 1 Block east of Cody Road/Hwy 67;
between Downtown LeClaire and the Mississippi River
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