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Fort Dodge, Iowa515-206-1591
Fort Museum and Frontier Village Fort Dodge, Iowa

Fort Museum and Frontier Village

1 Museum Rd, Fort Dodge, Iowa, 50501Fort Museum and Frontier Village view on map
Distance from hotel: 3.55 miles
Category: Attractions, Family

Live Iowa History at the Fort Museum & Frontier Village

Experience the Fort Museum and Frontier Village, a replica town that offers an insider look at 19th Century life during the founding of Fort Dodge. Located a ten-minute drive from the hotel, the Fort Museum houses thousands of historical and military artifacts, including Native American and pioneer items, while the Frontier Village and its 18 original and replica buildings allow for a first-hand look at 1850s Fort Dodge. Take a guided tour of the village to learn about the city's legendary history and founding as a military lookout or walk around to see log cabins, schools, and jails of the time up close.


Adults: $10 Students & Military: $7 Children (6-17 years old): $5 Children age 5 and under: Free



Monday - Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


  • General Tours
  • Dragoon Tours
  • Frontier Life Tours

Replica Buildings

  • Trading Post Gift Shop
  • Schoolhouse
  • General Store
  • Jail
  • Pharmacy
  • Church


  • Does the Fort Museum host events?

    In addition to offering venue rentals for weddings and parties, the Fort Museum and Frontier Village hosts major events throughout the year, including cookoffs, food festivals, and holiday celebrations. Cooking classes, workshops, and escape room nights are just a few of the monthly events at the museum.
  • What kinds of tours does the museum offer?

    Visitors can choose from three types of tours: General, Dragoon, and Frontier Life. Each tour lasts three hours and includes interactive activities to enhance learning and bring each aspect of the museum to life. Groups and schools can arrange private tours for up to twelve participants.

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