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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).

  • Join us for the 8th Annual John Boesch Memorial Golf Outing, June 20th. Shotgun start at 9 am at Olathea Golf Course. 4 person best ball 18 hole Golf Tournament for information/reservations call Packy Huettman, 563-289-5971 or Steve Suiter, 563-289-2724 or Olathea 563-289-4653.
    • 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.

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
  • Summer season we display 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. Some changes for
  • Lone Star Wooden Hull Steam-powered Paddle Wheel - "A Must To See": The first licensed Riverboat Pilot on the Mississippi River
  • 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
  • Civil War Encampment
  • The Riverboat Pilots
  • Pioneers of Le Claire Township
  • Indian Artifacts
  • The "Green Tree Hotel"
  • Life on the Mississippi River
  • Gift Shop
  • LeClaire's Famous Sons:
    • Showman "Buffalo Bill" Cody and his Wild West Congress
    • Famous Inventor Professor James Ryan's Office on Display among his most famous work was on the Flight Recorder, Seat Belt, and the Crash Bumper for Cars.
    • James Buchanan Eads, the engineer known for the Eads Bridge in St Louis, Illinois, crossing the Mississippi River.
    • Captain Philip Suiter Display

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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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