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Part of our in-depth series exploring Sioux Nation Forts

Fort Robinson Museum
P.O. Box 304
Crawford, NE 69339-0304
Phone: 308-665-2919
[email protected]

From Crazy Horse to the cavalry to the K-9 Corps, Fort Robinson played host to them all. Experience the long and varied history of this outpost on the Plains. The museum at Fort Robinson is located in the 1905 post headquarters building. Exhibits trace the history from the post's role guarding the Red Cloud Agency (1874-77) through the housing of World War II German POW's (1943-46). Among the many fascinating objects you will see in the museum's exhibits are the only known dog kennel from the K-9 Corps of World War II, marksmanship medals earned by Caleb Benson, a Buffalo Soldier at Fort Robinson between 1902 and 1909, and nineteenth-century Sioux objects related to the Red Cloud Agency.

Frederic Remington's, Massacre of the Cheyennes near Fort Robinson in Nebraska, 1879
Frederic Remington's, Massacre of the Cheyennes near Fort Robinson in Nebraska, 1879

To learn more about Fort Robinson's history, you can visit more than a dozen historic structures and sites such as the 1904 blacksmith shop, the 1908 veterinary hospital, the 1887 officers' quarters, the 1875 guardhouse and adjutant's office, and the old post cemetery. A library featuring materials on Fort Robinson, military, and western history is available to researchers for inhouse use. A self-guided tour book and many books on military and western history are available for purchase.

Location

Fort Robinson State Park, 3 miles west of
Crawford, NE on US highway 20

Hours (Park Office)

Memorial Day - Labor Day:
Open 24 hours

Out of peak season:
8am - 5pm on weekdays
Closed weekends
Closed all state holidays

Admission

Park entry permit required and can be purchased at park.
Children with adults free.
Fees charged for camping.
Admission fees are waived for NSHS members.

Group Tours

Tours are available year round.
Group rates available.
Please call ahead to make reservations.
308-665-2919

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Crawford

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