Exterior of the cream-colored limestone Fort Crawford Military Hospital.

Discover Historic Prairie du Chien

Fort Crawford stood guard over Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, from 1816 until 1856. Now, the Fort Crawford Museum displays the history of the fort, its city, and the many lives that crossed here. Visit us May through October for a self-guided tour or attend one of our upcoming events.

Antique medical supplies.

See the Tools of Frontier Medicine

Learn how army surgeon William Beaumont pioneered the study of human digestion through his experiments at the Fort Crawford Military Hospital. Next, discover Civil War Medicine and the history of the Swift U.S. Army Hospital.

Bricks and ceramics recovered from excavations of Fort Crawford.

Explore Wisconsin's Military History

Surround yourself with the artifacts uncovered from the site of old Fort Crawford as you follow the story of the Black Hawk War and its participants, including Zachary Taylor and Jefferson Davis.

Campion High School nostalgia.

Delve into Prairie du Chien's Past

See how Wisconsin's second oldest city grew from a frontier fur trading village into a midwestern rivertown as you encounter exhibits on local schools, historic businesses, and the coming of the railroad.

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Upcoming Events

Christmas at the Fort
December 6, 2015

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The Fort Crawford Museum is owned and operated by the non-profit Prairie du Chien Historical Society.