Chadron, Nebraska 308-432-3843

Welcome to the Museum of the Fur Trade


Our Museum

Located only three miles east of Chadron, Nebraska, the Museum of the Fur Trade stands on the site of James Bordeaux’s trading post, which was established for the American Fur Company in 1837 and is now included in the National Register of Historic Places. All items in our collection are original pieces and include the oldest known point blanket from 1775, firearms that were owned by Kit Carson and Tecumseh, and crop seeds that were obtained directly from American Indians over 125 years ago. With new exhibits being added every season, the Museum of the Fur Trade’s collection continues to grow and allows for a new experience with every visit.

Our Mission

The Museum of the Fur Trade is dedicated to preserving the rich history of the North American fur trade by illustrating its diverse stories through the over 6,000 authentic artifacts on display.

Museum of the Fur Trade
6321 Highway 20, Chadron, NE 69337
(three miles east of Chadron, Nebraska on US Highway 20)

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Hours of Operation:
May 1 – October 31: Daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
November 1 – April 30: By appointment only

Our Staff

Our knowledgeable employees are behind the publishing of numerous award-winning books covering various aspects of life during the fur trade. Their expertise about this important period in our country’s history allows the Museum of the Fur Trade to be your comprehensive source for the authentic account of the North American fur trade.