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local_offerRiver, Buffalo Bill, and LeClaire history can be found at this museum


Explore History!

Admission: $5 Adults / $4 Seniors / $1 Children  

Visit 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 the museum's newest exhibit a recreated 1920’s one room school house exhibit. 

More about the school house exhibit: 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 exhibit 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. This 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.



Admission: Adults $5; Seniors $4; 6-16 years $1.00; Children under 6 free; Triple AAA Members $4; Active Military free

Address: 199 N Front St, Le Claire, IA.

Website: http://buffalobillmuseumleclaire.com/

Phone: 563-289-5580

Regular Hours: Monday – Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm & Sunday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Winter Hours: Begin in November Monday – Saturday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm & Sunday 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Holiday Hours:  Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve open 9am-1pm, Closed Christmas Day, New Year's Eve open 9am-1pm, New Years Day 12-4.

The Buffalo Bill Museum, located in LeClaire, Iowa is focused life along the Mississippi River and local history.

One exhibit is the Lone Star, a wooden, paddlewheel steam-powered towboat that is housed in a special pier. Audio tours are available for this exhibit.  Local history exhibits include the story of famous people from LeClaire, including American West showman Buffalo Bill Cody, engineer James Buchanan Eads, and inventor James Ryan. 

Professor James J. “Crash” Ryan, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Minnesota was the inventor of the “Flight Recorder” invented in 1953. An early prototype of the Ryan Flight Data Recorder is on display at the museum as described in the January 2013 Aviation History Magazine article "Father of the Black Box" by Scott M. Fisher.

Other exhibits include the Sauk and Fox Tribe, riverboat pilots, area pioneers, as well as area history and culture.

scheduleMonday9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
location_on199 Front Street, LeClaire
descriptionAbout Buffalo Bill Museum
Honoring the birthplace of Buffalo Bill Cody. Collection of Buffalo Bill and Mississippi River steamboat artifacts. Dry-docked Lone Star steam-driven towboat.