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Bosque Museum, Clifton

#295 of 603 in Museums in Texas
Must see · Specialty Museum · Museum
Significant collections include:

Native American Collection — Large Collection of Native American Artifacts collected in Bosque County dating back to 10,000 years ago and down through the Archaic and Historic Period. Has major exhibit about the Paleo-Americans found in the Horn Shelter in Bosque County.

Firearm Collection — Collection include 150 long guns and hand guns dating from 1750's to the modern era. Major exhibit contains firearms from every conflict in which the United States fought from 1776 through WW II.

Norwegian Collection — Recognized as the largest repository of Norwegian artifacts in the South and Southwest. Many items are associated with the Norse Community in Bosque County. King Olaf V of Norway visited the Museum in 1982 to see this collection and the chair crafted by the early Norwegian Pioneer, Cleng Peerson.

Norwegian Book Collection — Large Collection of Norwegian Language Books brought from Norway by the Norwegian Immigrants to Texas. Most of these books were used in an early lending library in the Norse Community. Earliest book dates to 1735.

Texas Primitive Furniture — Examples of early Texas furniture made in Bosque County. Miss Ima Hogg has included three pieces in her book on Texas Pioneer Furniture.

Photographic Archive — Early photographs and images of the first immigrants, their homes and everyday life in Bosque County.

Textile Collection — Dresses, Christening Gowns, quilts, weavings, needlework dating back to the 1850's. Large collection of spinning wheels and looms.

Early Education Collection — Collection of photographs, books, documents and other material from the early schools and colleges in Bosque County.

Early Medical Collection — Collection of artifacts, medical equipment and documents used by the first physicians in Bosque County.
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  • We came here to see the Horn Shelter. This is a rare 11,200 year old Paleo-American archeological site where two skeletons and an array of burial goods were found nearby. There is a replica of the...  more »
  • This is a small museum that continues to grow. It is aimed at the local area in history as some awesome finds and unique people have inhabited it. The Norwegian community started it to help keep...  more »
  • Very nice firearms collection. I was surprised how good this place was for it's size. I highly recommend you check it out next time you are in Clifton.
  • Friendly, small, local museum, highlighting the area's Norwegian Heritage. Annual Wildflower Art Competition, Show and Sale. Home of works by 'Bosque Seven.'

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