301 S. Ave. Q, Clifton
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
Admission: $5, free for those ages 9 or younger and for museum members.
What’s there? An extensive exhibit on Bosque County’s Horn Shelter archaeological site, with human remains dating back to 11,200 B.C.E.; American Indian artifacts; historic firearms, many from America’s wars; comprehensive look at the county’s Norwegian settlement and history, with 19th-century furniture and home implements; World War II “G is for Guts” exhibit; research library of 3,500 volumes plus archives, not open to public browsing, with one-of-a-kind Norwegian law and theology books.
Don’t miss: A lifesize bust projected from the Horn Shelter skull, positioned at the estimated height of the man. A do-it-yourself guide to identifying arrowheads and spear points. Information on explorer Cleng Peerson, the “Daniel Boone of Norway.” Norwegian frontier furniture crafted from Texas woods. A rare weaving loom. Martin Grelle’s painting “Night Camp on the Bosque.” An 1885 funeral wreath made from chicken feathers.
Gift shop: Yes, complete with Viking horn hats, Norwegian cookbooks, small maps of Bosque County’s Norse District and CDs of music by Norwegian composers.
For Thursdays in July, we’re profiling some of the smaller museums in Central Texas for summer day trips, educational visits or simply contact with the new and different.