Fort Crawford Museum

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

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, reserve a group tour, or attend an upcoming event.

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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

View the artifacts uncovered in archaeological excavations 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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