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

Museum Week information coming soon!



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.

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 - 4:00 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.