- Crawford Historical Museum
- Dawes County Historical Museum
- Eleanor Barbour Cook Museum of Geology
- Fort Robinson State Park Museum
- Museum of the Fur Trade
- Trailside Museum of Natural History
The Crawford Historical Museum, located in the heart of downtown Crawford, is operated by the Crawford Historical Society to preserve and protect Crawford’s history and culture. Our displays reflect on the early people, economy, and social interests of Crawford. The Museum’s collection is a dynamic thing, growing and changing as acquisitions, needs and interests demand. The museum was established in its current location in 1992 after the disastrous White River flood destroyed the former building, located in the City Park. It now is housed in the Crawford Cultural Center building through the generosity of Crawford’s municipal administration. Many of the items in the Museum are post-flood acquisitions, a testament to the industry, generosity, and concern of the residents of the area.
The Museum is divided into several interest areas: Pre-history, the Native American interest, Traders & Trappers, the Military Presence at Fort Robinson, the Development and Cultural Growth of Crawford, Farming & Ranching, the Schools, and specific Business and Organizational interests.
Located three miles southwest of Chadron, the Dawes County Historical Museum houses an impressive collection of pioneer and early-Nebraska antiques, including blacksmith tools, farm machinery, vintage quilts and more. Among the nostalgic room displays are replicas of a general store, a hospital room and a railroad room. Guests can explore the log house, barn, 1890s schoolhouse, pioneer church, and C&NW caboose on the museum grounds. And don’t miss History in Action Day, an annual event held on the second Sunday of September. The entire family can enjoy buggy rides, horse shoe pitching, music, and demonstrations of butter churning, wool spinning, rope making and apple cider making.
Phone: 308-432-4999; Hours: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 1 – 5 p.m. Saturdays and holidays. Free of charge.
The Eleanor Barbour Cook Museum of Geology, located on the campus of Chadron State College, houses an impressive collection of rocks, minerals, and fossils from Nebraska and around the world. Visitors can see rare agates, jade and petrified wood.
Contact: Mike Leite, Museum Coordinator; Phone: 432-6377; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Fort Robinson State Park Museum, located in the 1905 post headquarters building, highlights 75 years of military history, beginning with the creation of the Fort in 1956. Exhibits detail historical events such as the post’s role guarding the Red Cloud Agency from 1874 to 1877 and the housing of World War II German POWs from 1943 to 1946.
The museum is managed by the Nebraska State Historical Society.
The Museum of the Fur Trade, located three miles east of Chadron on Highway 20, houses exhibits and artifacts from the early colonial days to the present century. The museum and its directors are dedicated to providing educational, comprehensive, and accurate exhibits that communicate the truth and relevance of one of America’s first business enterprises—the fur trade. Among some of the incredibly rare artifacts visitors can see are a narwhal tusk, numerous rifles, including a gun that once belonged to Shawnee chief Tecumseh, Native American beadwork, and even a deck of playing cards from 1844. The Bordeaux Trading Post is located on the museum grounds also. The trading post has been reconstructed and was reopened to the public in 1956; it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Phone: 308-432-3843; Hours: May 1 through Oct. 31, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and has a small entry fee.
Inspired by true events, THE REVENANT is an immersive and visceral cinematic experience capturing an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. Director and renowned filmmaker, Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Birdman, Babel), contacted the Museum of the Fur Trade for costume designs in the film. As a “thank you” Alejandro set the Hugh Glass character costume back to the museum, which is on display in Lindeken Hall. Below is a trailer for the film.
The Trailside Museum of Natural History at Fort Robinson State Park features one of the most unique exhibits in the entire nation—the Clash of the Mammoths. Two gigantic bull mammoths were battling for dominance when their tusks became intertwined. Unable to separate, the pair eventually died in place and remained untouched for over 10,000 years.