Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum

Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum, Buffalo

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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Martha Beals
Conklin, MI2 contributions
must see hotel
Sep 2021
Great museum for all ages. Nice background for the area we were visiting. Good history for the time time pre and post Jim Gatchell's store.
Written September 19, 2021
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Paul G
Tucson, AZ3,712 contributions
Local & Historic
Sep 2021
Located almost next door to The Occidential Hotel, this museum showcases the collection of one man who took the time to preserve the past.

Over the years it has expanded and now houses much more.

Spent an hour or two, it will certainly be worth it.
Written September 18, 2021
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Michelle
5 contributions
Beautiful Museum
Jul 2021
Enjoyed the walk through history. Well worth the stop while you are in town. A Longmire exhibit drew me in.
Written July 24, 2021
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pasherry
United States904 contributions
Interesting museum
Jul 2021 • Friends
Small museum on Main St of Buffalo, WY. Admission $7 adults, $5 seniors, military, teens, $3children over age 3. This museum preserves the collection of Jim Gatchell who had a pharmacy in town. Many artifacts are of Native American origin gifted to Mr. Gatchell. There is a nice gun collection, geology collection and photos that give a general history of the area. It was interesting to learn of the Basque people that settled in the area and how they were sheep ranchers. The museum is laid out well and has some interactive exhibits. The gift shop is nice, staff is friendly. We spent about an hour and a half here.
Written July 23, 2021
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twilightbloom
Huntsville, TN55 contributions
Amazing museum
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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Robert Pullman
Washington, United Kingdom7 contributions
A must see for history buffs
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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Christie V
Villa Park, CA240 contributions
Great History of Buffalo and surrounding areas.
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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Jerry B
Branson, MO1,322 contributions
Brush up on the property wars of old
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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Buttman73
Lytton, IA230 contributions
Nice Local Museum
Jul 2020 • Solo
Stopped in to see what they had to offer and was pleasantly surprised on how well it was put together. They have a number of great displays including different styles of wagons. I found their displays on the range wars very informative not to mention the many Native American artifacts.
Written August 9, 2020
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Scenic35242677806
Ridgecrest, CA1 contribution
Not worth the money
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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