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  • June 13-21: Buffalo Bill Museum is participating in Quad Cities’ Museum Week. www.qcmuseumweek.com  199 N. Front Street, LeClaire, www.buffalobillmuseumleclaire.com Phone 563-289-5580. Hours Monday through Saturday, 9am to 5pm; Sunday noon to 5pm. Admission Adults $5; Seniors $4; Ages 6-16 $1; Under 6 and active duty military free. About the Museum Regional History Museum with emphasis on Buffalo Bill, local river history including the Lone Star Steamboat.

    Museum Week Events:

    • June 13, 14 and 20, 21, Noon to 5 p.m. • Lone Star Steamboat Guided Tours (admission
      charged) • Tours will be provided by The Buffalo Bill Museum. The Lone Star Stern Wheeler (built 1868, decommissioned 1967) is the only surviving example in the United States of a wooden-hulled boat built in the traditional Western Rivers fashion. The Lone Star is a National Historic Landmark and is open to visitors at the Buffalo Bill Museum. The boat’s enclosure, The River Pilot’s Pier, has won a significant design award from the State of Iowa for its “green” design in 2008. A new sound system in the River Pilot’s Pier building allows you to experience the sounds of the steamer traveling on the river.

    • Sunday, June 14, noon to 5 p.m.  Cody Trail Passport • Self-Guided Tour (admission charged) • Hop in your car to enjoy a special, self-guided tour of four fascinating Iowa historic sites along the Cody Trail. Pick up a “Cody Trail Passport Self-Guided Tour” at any of the participating locations to plan your driving adventure. The tour includes the Buffalo Bill Museum in LeClaire, Buffalo Bill Cody Homestead in Princeton, and the Dan Nagle Walnut Grove Pioneer Village and Alexander Brownlie Sod House in Long Grove. Have your passport stamped at each location for a chance to win a gift basket filled with souvenirs from all four historic sites (drop fully-stamped passport in an entry box at any location).

  • New Room opened just for "Kids". Children ages 3 to 8 years old accompanied by an adult can find "hands-on" exhibits they can explore. We have a pilots' wheel, a musical wall, dress up area, a place to plant a garden, and much more fun.
    Remember all children can do a "find and seek" hunt in the museum and receive a free prize.
  • Just for the Ladies. A new room has opened for the Ladies to enjoy looking at fashions women wore in the early 1900's. Come and view these clothes to see if you think they will ever come back in fashion.
  • River Pilots' peer newest exhibit features "clams" and more "clams". See how they were harvested from the Mississippi River and how they were used to make buttons.
  • New gift shop item is "hoodies". Get your teenager a blue one with the right message "Buffalo Bill Museum".
  • The folks at Buffalo Bill Museum hope to see you soon! It is a great place to take visiting family and friends and “free admission” is a benefit of your membership! The gift shop is also a great place to pick up unique items as well as books about local history, “Buffalo Bill” hoodies and t-shirts, and other items you can’t find elsewhere! The museum is open daily 9am to 5pm, and Sundays 12noon to 5pm. Group Discounts available for Tour Groups, clubs/reunions and school groups!
  • Visit our new exhibit "Philip Suiter, Legendary Riverboat Pilot" in the River Pilots' Pier area of the museum. Philip's descendants have sponsored the display that will feature Philip Suiter, the first riverboat pilot in LeClaire. DETAILS and PHOTOS
  • The annual membership renewals have been sent out to current members of the museum but we'd like to add you as a new member too. At $10 for an individual; $15 for a couple; and $20 for a family, membership is a great way to support a local non-profit organization. You can pick up a membership form at the museum or send your name and address with a check to 155 North Front Street, LeClaire IA 52753. Click here to download*
  • TravelLady Magazine checked out LeClaire, Iowa. Click here to read the article about how she enjoyed our city and museum!

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.


  • NEW! Civil War Encampment
  • The Lone Star Steamer
  • The Riverboat Pilots
  • The Sauk and Fox Indian Tribes
  • Pioneers of Le Claire Township
  • Indian Artifacts
  • The "Green Tree Hotel"
  • Life on the Mississippi River
  • Gift Shop
  • LeClaire's Famous Sons:
    • "Buffalo Bill" Cody
    • James Ryan: Inventor of the Flight Data Recorder (Black Box) and other commonly used safety devices
    • James Buchanan Eads: Engineer known for the Eads Bridge in St. Louis

Learn More About Our Exhibits

Open Year Round

Winter Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Sunday 12:00 P.M.  - 4:00 P.M.

Summer Hours Beginning April 5th 2014
Monday - Saturday 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Sunday 12:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Open Some Holidays - Please Call Ahead!

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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