Fort Robinson History Center

Fort Robinson History Center Information

Seasonal Hours May 1 - September 3rd

Tuesday - Saturday: 9 am - 4 pm

Off-Season Hours September 4th - April 30

By Appointment Only - Based on Availability
Please allow at least 24 hours notice for appointment request


Adults (19 and over): $5

Children (5-18): $3

Young Children (4 & under): Free

Free for History Nebraska members, AAM/AASLH/ICOM members, and employees of Nebraska museums (with staff ID)

A Nebraska Game and Parks park permit is required to enter the Fort Robinson State Park area. Click here to purchase a daily or annual park permit.


(308) 665-2919


3200 West Highway 20
Crawford, NE 69339

Fort Robinson History center

Native Americans, Indian agents, African-American Buffalo Soldiers, the K-9 Corps, German Prisoners of War—these are just some of the people whose lives intersected with Fort Robinson. Explore this complex past in exhibits in the 1905 post headquarters building that trace the history from the post's role guarding the Red Cloud Agency (1874-77) through the housing of World War II German PWs (1943-46).

See fascinating objects such as:

  • the only known dog kennel from the K-9 Corps of World War II
  • marksmanship medals earned by Buffalo Soldier Caleb Benson between 1902 and 1909
  • nineteenth-century Sioux objects related to the Red Cloud Agency

Discover more through more historic structures and sites:

  • 1904 blacksmith shop
  • 1908 veterinary hospital
  • 1887 adobe officers' quarters
  • 1875 guardhouse and adjutant's office
  • old post cemetery
  • prisoner of war camp site

Fort Robinson Timeline

The history of Fort Robinson stretches back to 1868 and touches on many different eras of United States and Nebraska history.

Historic Photos of Fort Robinson

History Nebraska has thousands of historic photographs of Fort Robinson which document the long and varied history of the post. These are a sample of the variety of images in our collection.

Brief History of Fort Robinson

Fort Robinson is one of the great historic places of the American West.  The post began in 1874 as a temporary encampment during the Indian Wars. Through the years Fort Robinson was continually expanded and became one of the largest military installations of the northern Plains. The post survived beyond the frontier period and was used by the U.S. Army after World War II.

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