Fort Crawford Museum

Fort Crawford Museum, Prairie du Chien

Fort Crawford Museum
4.5
Military Museums • History Museums
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Being the second oldest community in the state of Wisconsin and the oldest on the upper Mississippi River we have alot of history in our community. We have two historical museums. The Fort Crawford Hospital Museum gives information about Dr. Wm Beaumont, a post surgeon here at the Fort, the different treaties signed here, Blackhawk's surrender, surgical diaramas, a display of an old dentist office, display of an old pharmacy, etc. Our Museum of Prairie du Chien has displays and information of the War of 1812, Clamming and the button factories that were here, an iron lung, etc. We do have scavenger hunts for the younger visitors for both museums, to help keep them interested and busy.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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ChampaignSue
Champaign, IL27 contributions
Lots of interesting artifacts
Jun 2021
This is the perfect local museum. We learned so much about Prairie du Chien, from Fort Crawford to button making, from local high schools to mole celebrations (apparently celebrating both the animal and 6.02 x 10^23). My only disappointment was that the fort infirmary (the only building still standing from the original fort) didn't have a medical exhibit as advertised (apparently it was being updated). But it was still very much worth a visit.
Written June 19, 2021
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Jon H
Fort Myers, FL477 contributions
Nicely Done
Sep 2020 • Couples
This museum is nicely laid out and contains a wealth of information about the fort, the hospital and its place in history. A separate building is devoted to Prairie du Chien. This is a self-guided tour and well worth your time, especially if you like history..
Written September 8, 2020
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Valerie K
Clare, IA35 contributions
Great stop for a little history
Aug 2020 • Family
The hospital was our favorite part. Lots of civil war history and they had a lot of great items. The also had amazing diaramas. The lady running the gift shop was informative and very friendly.
Written August 4, 2020
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Dot H
Cedar Rapids, IA9 contributions
UnuIsual museum, well curated
Sep 2019
The focus is on the military hospital and tho small, the museum presented a good look at medicine in a military hospital. On the grounds is another museum with Prairie du Chien history and that too was worth the trip. I was amazed to discover that tobacco was a profitable crop in Iowa and that cigars were made in PdC.
Written October 2, 2019
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Sheryl C
Knoxville, IA6 contributions
Interesting
Sep 2019
Good look at history of the area. Guide provided good introduction and then self-guided. Knowledgeable in answering questions.
Written September 28, 2019
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turbocat16
Freeport, IL180 contributions
Excellent if your into history
Aug 2019
Spent a good 2 hours in the 2 primary buildings. Lots of very good historical data from photos to real equipment, like early century dental equipment. Fee for old goats is a reasonable $3.00
Written August 28, 2019
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Colleen1978
Mazomanie, WI96 contributions
Glad We Stopped
Jul 2019 • Couples
Super nice staff. Very welcoming. Small but packed with information. There are two buildings. We'r almost missed the second one. A nice, short stop that doesn't take hours to go through. One hour max unless you read and examine every little thing. Restroom in ther gift shop.
Written July 7, 2019
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Jeremy
11 contributions
Small but detailed
Jul 2019 • Family
Interesting little museum that can be walked through in an hour or two. Being very close to the IA-WI bridge and Villa Louis, this makes a great stop if you're on the road and want to rest for a bit. Younger kids will be a little bored, but older kids and teens should enjoy it - especially if interested in frontier or medical history. The best part are the pictures of the archeaological excavation of the original fort that took place in 1999 right under the street out front!
Written July 6, 2019
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Kathy A
49 contributions
Great history
Jul 2019 • Couples
We visited Fort Crawford after visiting Villa Louis. The original fort was built on the Villa Louis site and then moved because of flooding. This is a great visit with a lot of history to see. Air conditioning made it nice for a very warm day. There are actually 2 museums on site and both are very interesting. Visit if you get a chance.
Written July 2, 2019
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AndrewFromMadison
Madison, WI2,690 contributions
Too bad Fort doesn't exist anymore, but if you're interested in the era - this is a place to go
May 2019 • Solo
The site is composed of two buildings - one is mostly devoted to medical quarters of the time, and the other has bits of everything else history-wise of the fort and surroundings. Also office building features a store with number of books and other things. Two Wisconsin History boards adorn the site as well - one about the fort itself, and the other one about Black Hawk's surrender at the Bad Axe.
Written June 21, 2019
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Fort Crawford Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sat 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM