Boot Hill Museum

Boot Hill Museum, Dodge City: Hours, Address, Boot Hill Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Boot Hill Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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The exciting and unique story of early Dodge City is told daily along Front Street at Boot Hill Museum. The museum chronicles the establishment of a rough and rowdy cattle town known as Dodge City. The museum is located on the original site of Boot Hill Cemetery and highlights the glory days as Queen of the Cowtowns with creative, lively, interactive displays and activities the entire family will enjoy. Boot Hill Museum is open all year long where you can belly up to the bar for a cold sarsaparilla, enjoy some of grandma’s homemade fudge in the General Store or take home a lasting memento of your old west experience from the Boot Hill gift shop. During the summer months, children’s activities, gunfight reenactments, country-style dinners and the Long Branch Variety Show provides entertainment like none other! Cool off in the Beatty and Kelley Ice Cream Parlor before you become a character of the past in an Old West Photo.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Dr. Tim
Marana, AZ5,139 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
We were in Dodge City for the afternoon and wanted to get a taste of the local culture so we went to the Boot Hill Museum and really glad we did. We’ve been to 52 countries and this museum is as well done and complete as many we’ve seen around the world. We were really impressed! The cost was very reasonable and included the museum, Boot Hill Cemetery and many businesses as they existed in the late 1800s. Besides the museum we went to the Long Branch Saloon and the Ice Cream Parlor and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Highly recommend!
Written June 2, 2021
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Peter S
Wixom, MI160 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Lots of history and artifacts in a 2-3 hour window. Dodge City was a center of “western life” for a few years between 1872-1885. More to it than just Gunsmoke fame. Worth the $14 off-season entry. Good, modern interactive displays.
Written April 26, 2022
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April B
Tulsa, OK4 contributions
Jul 2021
The Museum was so interesting and appealing, love how the town was set up and the gun fight was fun to watch. Very well organized, my kids were even deputized and they had fun doing that. The only thing that was a bit off was the show. My husband wished that it was in the saloon where it would appear more authentic. It was held in a meeting room which was not very period specific. For the money we expected a bit more of a dinner. It was cafeteria style and they did basic portions and my husband was starving as we traveled 5 hours to get there. We did end up figuring out that we could get seconds but was unsure. The singing was good and we were entertained but just expected something a bit different. All in all a fun time. If I had to do it again I would pay for the museum and then went to dinner at a nice restaurant in town instead of staying for the show.
Written July 25, 2021
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smk5610
Colorado17 contributions
May 2021
Some 50 years ago, I visited Boot Hill/Dodge City with my family. I had vague memories of things, but sharp memories of others. Taking a cross-country trip to visit family meant I just HAD to make the detour to visit again and see how well my memories match up with the reality. I spent several hours in the updated museum, climbed to the top of Boot Hill, and visited all the exhibits and galleries. I had a diet Coke in the saloon, and bought a bonnet for my new baby granddaughter in the general store, plus had a wonderful conversation with the man running the general store. Really glad I took the detour, and let my memories build back in. I'm very impressed with what has been curated for the museum, and the care that has bee taken with the displays.
Written May 27, 2021
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STM0041
Bullard, TX654 contributions
Jun 2021
My wife and I were so glad we took the time to visit this museum. It is well worth 2-3 hours to explore the exhibits and learn about the history of Dodge City, why it exists, the cattle industry it became famous for in the 1800's, the plight of the Bison (American Buffalo) and how Dodge City became what it is today.

We went in early in the morning so we were too early to watch the theatrical gunfight or listen to the piano player. The museum exhibits were very interesting and informative. Make sure you don't miss the short walk up to what's left of the Boot Hill Cemetery.
Written June 22, 2021
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lubesdad
151 contributions
Jun 2020 • Couples
We bought tickets to the museum and gun fight. The museum was awesome but it started to rain hard so we waited for a hour to watch the gun fight but the rain wouldn’t let up so they obviously had to cancel. When I asked the lady at the front desk for a refund she said she had no control of the rain. I said that I don’t have control of the weather either. She said in a nasty tone no refund of any kind. I don’t remember not getting a refund for a rained out event.
Written August 1, 2020
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Rudy B
Albuquerque, NM183 contributions
Jul 2021
This is a hybrid attraction with a very good museum combined with touristy entertainment. The museum is well presented with the story of Dodge City detailed. Many artifacts from the early days are on display including firearms belonging to outlaws and lawmen. The street front is a re-creation though the church is original.

The entertainment consists of staged gunfights and an evening dinner/variety show. The gunfights are better than most I've seen elsewhere. The dinner was tasty and the show good. The Can Can Dancers were quite athletic.
Written July 16, 2021
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stephenf197
Lakewood, CO326 contributions
Apr 2021
As a fan of Western movies, Dodge City has been in many stories. This was our first visit. We drove from Denver to stay for 3 nights. First full day was windy and rainy and we drove and explored. The second day was our day to visit the museum. This is a nice well set up museum. WE spent several hours wondering thru reading many of the displays. There is a 1880's street mock as part of the museum. There is a very nice gun collection in the museum. If you are in this part of Kansas spend a night in Dodge City and visit the Boot Hill Museum
Written April 26, 2021
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Jay
4 contributions
Jul 2020
I think it's great. We went during July 2020, so things weren't exactly 100% due to COVID precautions, but we still had fun as a family. I was with a 19 yr old and a 15 yr old, and we spent roughly 3 hours there. I've made my kids watch Gunsmoke for years, and they rolled their eyes more than once as I geeked out, but all in all we happy with our experience (but admittedly I was the most excited). All that said, I think Dodge City is kind of a stop between places and not a final destination. In our case, we were heading from Tx to Yellowstone. One could potentially argue it's not worth adding 5 hours to a trip to make it to Dodge City, but the trip from there to Denver was more interesting than the interstate would be, and you get to see some of the old Santa Fe Trail.... so I felt it was worth the detour. Maybe one day I'll get to take my grandchildren
Written January 26, 2021
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kuyals
Hays, KS1,477 contributions
Aug 2020
A glimpse into life in the old west. This is a fun place to visit for all ages. Many displays of different aspects of life on the frontier. Several different buildings to explore and most of the ones on the main street are connected, so you can go through all of them without going outside. Much information is also presented about the old Gunsmoke TV show. The shootout happens at noon, so try to schedule accordingly. A nice shady porch is provided to watch from. A nice gift shop with friendly staff. They are now checking everyone's temperature with masks required inside. It is well worth a visit.
Wyatt Earp's creed "The less you bet, the more you lose when you win."
Written August 8, 2020
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Boot Hill Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Mon - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


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