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  • Mon - Fri
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Sat - Sun
    Closed
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Welcome to the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum

In the spring of 1900, Pharmacist Theodore James Gatchell, better known as Jim, opened the first drugstore in Johnson County. The Buffalo Pharmacy became a popular stopping place for cowboys, lawmen, settlers, cattle barons, and famous Army scouts.

Jim became a trusted friend to the region’s Native Americans, local residents, and those that passed through town. Many of those that befriended Jim brought him several gifts over the years. From guns to medicine bags, bow and arrows to clothing, those gifts now help tell Jim’s incredible story inside the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum.

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

March Community Speaks

8:00 am -
8:30 am

Tune in to Community Speaks at 8 a.m. on KBBS 1450. Hear staff discuss what is going on at the museum.

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

March Board Meeting

3:00 pm -
4:00 pm

The Governing Board will meet at 3 p.m. at the museum. The public is welcome to attend.

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Friday, April 2, 2021

Good Friday

12:00 pm -
4:00 pm

The museum and offices are closed from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. for the observance of Good Friday and Easter weekend.

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Updated COVID policies

February 26, 2021

Thank you for visiting the museum. We want to make sure staff and visitors feel comfortable here. As such, current museum

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Centennial Ranches Virtual History Conference

February 16, 2021

The museum is excited to announce our history conference is going virtual and celebrating three centennial ranches in Johnson County. Here

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February Closure

February 1, 2021

For the third year in a row, the museum will be closed to the public for the month of February. Staff

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Thank you for visiting the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum website. We welcome you to contact us anytime regarding your experience at our site or if you have any questions about the Museum. Feel free to use the form below.

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