Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum

Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum

Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum
4.5
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
About
The Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum is an regional history museum and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The facility is ADA accessible. Open year-round (but check our website for winter reduced hours or holiday closures!). Galleries tell the story of the area through Natural History, Native American, Frontier Military, the Johnson County Cattle War, the Basque Culture, and early life in Buffalo. Featuring a carriage house with many wagons and a 1916 homestead cabin. The Museum Store offers unique and high-quality items, many are made by area artisans. Your purchases in the store help fund museum operations.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Scenic35242677806
Ridgecrest, CA1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Visited the museum when I was kid in 1985, 1988, 1990, 2001 and 2002. At that time the museum has thousands of artifacts packed into their small building. I loved it! So much history and lots and lots of pictures. When your are young, you don't really appreciate it. I went back in 2018 and was excited to share the museum with my four children. Unfortunately, I was was shocked that 90% of the artifacts are now put in storage and and the museum is more of a "theme" attraction. I brought my complaints to the front desk and said the museum is not worth the money. Very, very sad.
Written May 3, 2020
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Hi Scenic35242677806, thank you for stopping back in. We understand the museum did not meet your expectations and want to offer a return of your admission if that wasn't done the day of your visit. As the museum has continued to grow over its 60+ years of being open, the artifact collection now numbers over 30,000 items. An addition to the building in 1998 helped gain more space, but as you can imagine there simply isn't enough room to display everything at once. The other reasons that most museums do not have all items on display is to extend the preservation of an artifact by utilizing storage in a cool, dark place. We do rotate artifacts and exhibits periodically to utilize the collection, and so that people have the opportunity to see "new" things. We hope the rest of your trip was enjoyable.
Written June 22, 2020
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Christie V
Villa Park, CA242 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Solo
This is a very nice museum from a well-known family in this area. There is quite a collection of artifacts and history of the families and things that went on in this area going way back into the 1800s. His family‘s original cabin is on the property that you can look into.
Written April 25, 2021
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Lisa G
Aurora, IN586 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
This small, local museum holds a collection of mostly local artifacts and photographs. It is very interesting but because it is based on the collection of one man it is somewhat limited in its scope. The building itself is the old Carnegie library and is the basis for Sherrif Longmire's office in the Longmire book series. The staff is very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. We spent about an hour there.
Written June 24, 2022
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Robert Pullman
Washington, United Kingdom7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Jim Gatchell owned a pharmacy in Buffalo from about 1900. Over the years he collected many artefacts. The museum is in a series of spacious rooms in a large building. It covers many topics, including the settlement of the area by Northern Cheyenne, Crow, and Lakota, the conflicts with the Indians, the Johnson county range war, the Basque influence, the development of Buffalo, and the natural history of the area.
Written May 29, 2021
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Charles B
Roseville, CA6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
Great small town museum with a large museum collection of information about Native Americans, white settlers, and a stunning display of sculptures by J. Michael Thomas. The downtown area of Buffalo has several pieces of Thomas's art work on display along it's walking tour. This is a museum you won't want to miss as you travel from Mt Rushmore, Deadwood area up to Devil's Tower and Little Bighorn.
Written September 27, 2023
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Jerry B
Branson, MO1,334 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Great way to take a stretch after lunch in Buffalo. Waitress recommended it as it is accredited. There are 3 floors of history which is well presented. You'll learn of the range wars over cattle and lots of historical drama. Lots of natural history artifacts. Just a great experience.
Written August 20, 2020
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Thanks for visiting Jerry, and for leaving a review! We hope your stay in Buffalo was a great one.
Written August 24, 2020
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twilightbloom
Huntsville, TN65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
This is such a fantastic museum. So much information to take in and learn about the local history. We visited when they had Longmire exhibit. I’m a fan of the tv show now have read the books. The staff was wonderful. We had a kittle dog with us and they let him in museum. The gift shop is amazing. So many wonderful books to buy. And I absolutely love my Buffalo homie I purchased, such a good price on it.
Written June 12, 2021
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skepticmom
Richardson, TX42 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2011
Our family of four passed through Buffalo on our way from Casper to Sheridan and decided to stop for the museum and lunch. This museum is THE place to learn about the interesting history of Johnson Co, WY. It is housed in the 1909 Carnegie Library building near the Johnson Co. Courthouse in Buffalo, WY. We purchased admission in the gift shop, and headed downstairs, armed with a map, to start the tour. In the first room, a looping video about Johnson County and Jim Gatchell runs. Directly behind the video seating is a wall-rack full of fascinating old photos from the late 1800s and early 1900s. Take the time to explore these. The room's big attraction is the giant wolf pelt, a big hit with my teens. The museum's other rooms include Native American artifacts (many from Jim's personal collection) and dioramas of significant historical events in Johnson Co. There's also a great reproduction of Jim Gatchell's pharmacy where you can look through some of his store records and let Jim guide you around. As a history-lover myself, I found the museum to be a lovely tribute to a fellow history nut.
Written September 28, 2011
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julie T
Syracuse, NY28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Friends
we only had an hour to spend here so went through it somewhat quickly offered a lot of interesting displays from authentic clothing to animals really found interesting the stories of some local boys who had served during ww2. it showed pictures of them in their uniform and displayed the actual uniform they wore in those pix and then pix of them as older men.

definitely worth the time is not too big that u need all day an hour is good.
Written August 15, 2015
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Sandy G
Wiggins, CO162 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Friends
What a find! This small town museum would rival any city venue with its history, artifacts and great staff! The layout is creative and interesting. There's just so much to see. Be sure to stop by when you're in the area!
Written July 12, 2016
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