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Welcome To Fort Wallace Museum

Home of the "Fightin'est Fort in the West"

Fall fundraiser at the Fort Wallace Museum, coming  on Sunday, November 12th.
3-5 PM MT on Sunday afternoon.  Opportunity  to shoot reproduction 1861 Gatling Gun and Spencer Rifles
6 PM MT soup supper and presentation by Gregg Higginbotham

(Photo courtesy of Robert Szabo)

For those with an interest in antique guns, military history or in outlaws of the Old West; do not miss the big fall fundraiser at the Fort Wallace Museum, coming up on Sunday, November 12th! The evening event begins at 6 PM MST with a soup supper served by Memorial Association members and staff, along with the featured program “Infantry Rifles of the Indian Wars:  1865-1888” by antique arms expert and collector Gregg Higginbotham. The program will be enhanced by the display of several Springfield rifles from the presenter’s personal collection. The evening will serve as a fund raiser for further Museum activity; there will be a $10 minimum donation to attend the program and eat supper.

Gregg Higginbotham is a native of Independence, Missouri, where he still makes his home. An expert in 19th Century firearms and clothing, he has appeared in or consulted on dozens of feature films or documentaries. He was an expert commentator in the recent series, Gunslingers, on the American Heroes Channel, and appeared in feature films Gettysburg and Ride With The Devil. He has a long association with the Emmy-award winning film company, Wide Awake Films, in Kansas City. “Higg” also portrays gunfighter Frank James, the brother and partner of Jesse James.

The evening will kick off the 2018 Gun Raffle for the Association, featuring a Spencer carbine
.45 LC rifle. This historic reproduction will honor those who fought at the Battle of Beecher Island, the 150th Anniversary of which approaches in September of 2018. Tickets will be available for sale for $10 or 3 for $25, with the drawing set for next year.

Another feature for the day will be a special afternoon for individuals to handle and shoot 19th Century weapons, including a reproduction 1861 Gatling Gun now owned by the Museum! This special event will take place from 3-5 on Sunday afternoon on the north Museum grounds. All rounds provided will be blanks, but the power and feel of the weapons can be experienced. This event will also serve as a fund raiser for the Memorial Association, with a charge of $1 per round fired. (The Gatling Gun holds 30 rounds in the complete magazine.) Come on out and experience a real “Blast from the Past!”

The Fort Wallace Museum is located on Highway 40 near Mile Marker 26 just east of the town of Wallace, Kansas.


Rhea Organ

The Association is pleased to announce the donation of another major collection - Richard “Dick” Rhea of Sharon Springs has donated the Rhea Antique Pump Organ Collection to our Museum! We are excited to bring another dimension to the Fort Wallace Museum and are so grateful to the entire Rhea family for the product of nearly 30 years of Dick’s treasured hobby. The Pump Organ Collection has been housed in the Sharon Springs Main Street building since 2003; the 55+ pump and reed organs will now go into storage for a period of time, and the Memorial Association will commence another building project! A new Rhea Pump Organ Building Fund has already been established and we welcome input as we create a new home for this one-of-a-kind collection!musuem

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Pictures of the 1867 Exposition Jerry Thomas William Comstock sculpture

Exploring the Museums of Northwest Kansas

wagonexplore logopassportThe Fort Wallace Museum is the perfect place for your family to explore! The Museum will be opening its brand-new exhibit space in the Milford Becker Addition, where you can experience Fort Wallace and the Old West in a new, exciting way! Take a seat in the reproduction BOD Stagecoach, see the facades of buildings from Wallace County History and crane your neck to see a 40-foot plesiosaur fossil found in 1867! Located just east of the town of Wallace on Highway 40! 
 Come Check out the History Event July 6-9, 2017


Fort Wallace Museum
2655 Highway 40
Wallace, KS 67761
(785) 891-3564

Fort Wallace Memorial Association  is  501(c)3 organization set up to run the Fort Wallace Museum.
  Please contact the Museum about making a donation.
Fort Wallace Memorial will take donations through Pay Pal.

Free admission with a suggested donation of $7 per adult.
Winter hours  [Nov.- March] 10 am-4 pm Monday-Saturday  and 1 pm-4pm Sunday
Summer hours  [April - Oct.] 9am-5 pm Monday-Saturday and 1-5 pm Sunday
*Note: All times Mountain Time*