Welcome to the Buffalo Bill Museum in LeClaire, Iowa…

The museum is open daily!

Monday – Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 12-5

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100% of the sales in the museum store support the exhibits!  Never an admission to shop and plenty of parking!

EVENTS and Fundraisers:
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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.
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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
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Pick up our new Historic Sites & Homes booklet at the museum!  This project was paid for you in part by the Iowa Tourism Office.
  • AAA Midwest MagRead about the museum in AAA Midwest Traveler Magazine AAA-Midwest-Traveler9-17
  • The Buffalo Bill Museum has been named one of the 25 best tlogohings to do in Iowa by VacationIdea Dream Vacation Magazine.
  • The Buffalo Bill Museum and LeClaire, Iowa are listed on the National Geographic website that helps people explore the Mississippi River.
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  • 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 69upenvironment. 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.
  • We have just received more Native American souvenirs for our Gift Shop. Stop by and see what’s new!
  • 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
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  • The “Green Tree Hotel”
  • Life on the Mississippi River
  • Summer: 1929 LeClaire Fire Truck / Winter 1949 John Deere Tractor
  • Gift Shop
  • 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.
Learn More About Our Exhibits 


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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.

Holiday Hours:  

Closed Thanksgiving Day

Christmas Eve open 9am-1pm, Closed Christmas Day 

New Years Eve  open 9am-1pm, New Years Day 12-4

Admission Fee:
Adults: $5
Senior $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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