List of museums in Wyoming

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This list of museums in Wyoming encompasses museums defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included.

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Name Location County Region Area of study Summary
Anna Miller Museum Newcastle Weston Northeast Local history Includes period displays, general store exhibit, one room school house, log cabin, fossils and local history displays
Brinton Museum Big Horn Sheridan Central Multiple 1920s and 30s gentleman’s working ranch with collections of fine art, furnishings, historic and Native American artifacts
Buffalo Bill Historical Center Cody Park Northwest Multiple Complex of museums about history, Native Americans, natural history, Western art and firearms
Campbell County Rockpile Museum Gillette Campbell Northeast Local history website, includes rifles, saddles, Native American artifacts, fossils, quilts, and other memorabilia, coal mine video and exhibit, children's activities
Carbon County Museum Rawlins Carbon Southeast Local history website, exhibits include Union Pacific Railroad, pioneers, residents and outlaws, Native Americans, agriculture, and inventor Thomas Edison
Cheyenne Depot Museum Cheyenne Laramie Southeast Railroad
Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum Cheyenne Laramie Southeast American West Exhibits include Western horse-drawn carriages and wagons, Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo celebration, local history, pioneer artifacts and clothing, and Western and folk art
Chinese Joss House Museum Evanston Uinta Southwest Ethnic website, area Chinese immigration history from the 1870s through the 1930s
Chugwater Museum Chugwater Platte Southeast History information
Cody Dug Up Gun Museum Cody Park Northwest Military website, relic guns & other weapons from many time periods and locations
Colter Bay Visitor Center & Indian Arts Museum Grand Teton National Park Teton Northwest Native American website, American Indian artifacts donated by the Rockefeller family
Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center Grand Teton National Park Teton Northwest Multiple website, information, natural history, mountaineering, Western artifacts
Crook County Museum & Art Gallery Sundance Crook Northeast Multiple website, exhibits include local history, period rooms, vintage clothing, weapons, arrowheads and art
Dancing Bear Folk Center Thermopolis Hot Springs Northwest Folk crafts information
Devils Tower National Monument Hulett Crook Northeast Multiple Visitor center exhibits about the geology, natural history and importance to area Native Americans of the monument
Don King Museum Sheridan Sheridan Northeast History website, Western and cowboy memorabilia, wagons, coaches, Indian artifacts, guns, Western tack and original artwork
Dubois Museum Dubois Fremont Northwest Local history Area Sheepeater Shoshone, petroglyphs, railroad, emigrants, geology, ranch furnishings and equipment
Evans Dahl Memorial Museum Lander Fremont Northwest Sports information, memorabilia of the area one shot antelope hunt
Fishing Bridge Museum Yellowstone National Park Park Northwest Natural history Wildlife found in Yellowstone National Park
Fort Bridger Fort Bridger Uinta Southwest Fort Restored barracks with museum, original buildings and reconstructed trading post
Fort Caspar Museum and Historic Site Casper Natrona Central Military Includes reconstructed log fort buildings and a museum
Fort Fetterman Douglas Converse Southeast Military Trail through fort ruins, restored officer's quarters and an ordnance warehouse with exhibits
Fort Laramie National Historic Site Near Torrington, WY Goshen Southeast Military Visitor center museum with exhibits, restored fort buildings
Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site Story Johnson Northeast Military Visitor center with exhibits, tour of fort remains
Fort Fred Steele Historic Site Sinclair Carbon Southeast Fort website, Information, remains of the mid 19th century fort
Fossil Country Frontier Museum Kemmerer Lincoln Southwest Local history website
Fossil Butte National Monument Kemmerer Lincoln Southwest Natural history Visitor center features fossil exhibits
Fremont County Pioneer Museum Lander Fremont Northwest History website
Glendo Historical Museum Glendo Platte Central Local history Information
Glenrock Paleontological Museum Glenrock Converse Southeast Natural history website, dinosaurs, fossils and paleontology
Grand Encampment Museum Encampment Carbon Southeast Open air website, timber, mining, and agricultural history, pioneer village and two-story outhouse
Green River Valley Museum Big Piney Sublette Southwest Local history website, exhibits include livestock brands, area coal mines, Wardell Buffalo Trap, restored homesteader cabin, ranching equipment, period displays
Guernsey State Park Museum Guernsey Platte Southeast Local history Exhibits about the Civilian Conservation Corps and the natural and cultural history of the park
Hanna Basin Museum Hanna Carbon Southeast Local history information, coal mining town, ranching and railroad history
Heart Mountain Wyoming Interpretive Learning Center Cody Park Northwest History History of the World War II internment camp for Japanese Americans
Historic Governors' Mansion Cheyenne Laramie Southeast Historic house Decorated to represent the 1905, 1937, 1955 and 1960s eras when it served as the home of the governor
Homesteader Museum Powell Park Northwest Local history website
Homesteaders Museum Torrington Goshen Southeast Local history website, includes ranching and homestead artifacts, changing art exhibits
Hoofprints of the Past Museum Kaycee Johnson Northeast Local history website
Hot Springs County Museum & Cultural Center Thermopolis Hot Springs Northwest Local history website, exhibits include outlaws, Native Americans, oil & gas industries, coal mining, area wildlife, period Main Street business displays
J.C. Penney Homestead & Historical Foundation Kemmerer Lincoln Southwest Historic house information, information, site of first J.C. Penney's store in the U.S.
Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum Jackson Teton Northwest History Website
Jim Gatchell Frontier History Museum Buffalo Johnson Northeast History Dioramas and artifacts of Johnson County and frontier history
Lander Children's Museum Lander Fremont Northwest Children's website
Laramie Peak Museum Wheatland Platte Central History Information
Laramie Plains Museum Laramie Albany Southeast Historic house Late 19th-century period Victorian mansion
Little Snake River Museum Savery Carbon Southeast Open air website, includes Mountain man Jim Bakers two story log cabin, other buildings, cabins and historic houses, pioneer history, local ranching history, antique machinery, interactive exhibits, recreated bar and barbershop, gift shop
Madison Museum Yellowstone National Park Teton Northwest Natural history
Medicine Bow Museum Medicine Bow Carbon Local history website
Meeteetse Bank Museum Meeteetse Park Northwest History website, early 20th century bank with furnishings
Meeteetse Museum Meeteetse Park Northwest Local history website, includes Charles J. Belden Museum of Western Photography
Mormon Handcart Historic Site Alcova Carbon Southeast History website, history and artifacts used by the Mormon handcart pioneers
Museum of Flight and Aerial Firefighting Greybull Big Horn Northwest Aviation website, aircraft include World War II bombers and transport aircraft, and firefighting planes
Museum of the American West Lander Fremont Northwest Living website, umbrella for four museums: Fremont County Pioneer Museum, the Pushroot Living History Village, the Native Americans of the Central Plains and Rockies Museum and living history complex, and the Lander Children’s Museum
Museum of the Mountain Man Pinedale Sublette Southwest History
National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center Dubois Fremont Northwest Natural history Biology and habitat needs of the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep
National Historic Trails Interpretive Center Casper Natrona Central American West History of America’s westward expansion, including Native Americans, explorers and mountain men, emigrants and Pony Express riders
National Museum of Wildlife Art Jackson Teton Northwest Art Fine art about wildlife
Nelson Museum of the West Cheyenne Laramie Southeast Multiple website, includes Native American, cowboy and rodeo artifacts, period room displays, weapons and military displays, natural history dioramas, fine Western art
Nici Self Museum Centennial Albany Southeast Local history information, partially housed in a 1907 Hahn's Peak and Pacific Railroad depot, exhibits include local ranching, farming, and mining equipment and history
Nicolaysen Art Museum Casper Natrona Central Art website, contemporary art
Norris Geyser Basin Museum Yellowstone National Park Park Northwest Natural history Geothermal geology, features of Norris Geyser and plant and animal life in thermal areas
Old Trail Town Cody Park Northwest Open air Includes over 26 historic buildings and artifacts, horse-drawn vehicles, Native American artifacts and memorabilia of the Wyoming frontier
Parco/Sinclair Historic District Museum Sinclair Carbon Southeast Local history website
Ripley's Believe It or Not! Jackson Teton Northwest Amusement
Robert A. Peck Arts Center Riverton Fremont Central Art website, part of Central Wyoming College, includes a contemporary art gallery and outdoor sculpture exhibit
Rock Springs Community Fine Arts Center Rock Springs Sweetwater Southwest Art website
Rock Springs Historical Museum Rock Springs Sweetwater Southwest Local history website
Salt Creek Museum Midwest Natrona Northeast Industry information, history of the Salt Creek Oil Field and oilfield industry, period room displays
Saratoga Museum Saratoga Carbon Southeast History, geology website, exhibits include gems, minerals, Wyoming jade, fossils, pioneer home life artifacts
Sheridan County Historical Society and Museum Sheridan Sheridan Northeast History Website
Shoshone Tribal Cultural Center Fort Washakie Fremont Northwest Native Americans website
South Pass City State Historic Site South Pass City Fremont Southwest Open air Over 30 historic structures dating from the city's heyday in the 1860s and 1870s
Stagecoach Museum Lusk Niobrara Southeast Local history website, relics from the 19th-and 20th-centuries including a stagecoach
Stolen Bell Museum Diamondville Lincoln Southwest Local history information
Sweetwater County Historical Museum Green River Sweetwater Southwest Local history website
Tate Geological Museum Casper Natrona Central Geology website, part of Casper College, gems, fossils, minerals
Tecumsah's Old West Miniature Village & Museum Cody Park Northwest History website, indoor miniature village depicting the frontier history of Wyoming throughout the nineteenth century, located within Tecumseh's Frontier Trading Post
Ten Sleep Pioneer Museum Ten Sleep Washakie Northeast History information, pioneer life and artifacts
Texas Trail Museum Pine Bluffs Laramie Southeast Local history
Trail End State Historic Site Sheridan Sheridan Northeast Historic house website, mansion home of Governor John B. Kendrick
Trona Mining Museum of Bridger Valley Lyman Uinta Southwest Mining information, mining and uses of the mineral trona
Uinta County Museum Evanston Uinta Southwest Local history website, includes local history, ranching, household, railroad, fashion, military, Native American, and Chinese displays
University of Wyoming Anthropology Museum Laramie Albany Southeast Anthropology website
University of Wyoming Art Museum Laramie Albany Southeast Art Website
University of Wyoming Geological Museum Laramie Albany Southeast Natural history website, fossils, rocks, and mineral specimens
University of Wyoming Insect Museum Laramie Albany Southeast Natural history website, research collection and exhibit gallery
Upton Red Onion Museum Upton Weston Northeast Local history information
Warren ICBM & Heritage Museum Cheyenne Laramie Southeast Military website, history of F. E. Warren Air Force Base
Washakie Museum & Cultural Center Worland Washakie Northwest Multiple website, fossils and Colby mammoth kill site display, Shoshone artifacts, art, pioneer and local history
Weidner Wildlife Museum Rock Springs Sweetwater Southwest Natural history website, part of Western Wyoming Community College
Werner Wildlife Museum Casper Natrona Central Natural history website, part of Casper College
Western History Center Lingle Goshen Southeast Local history, paleontology information
Wind River Heritage Center Riverton Fremont Central Local history information
Wright Centennial Museum Wright Campbell Northeast History Information
Wyoming Arts Council Gallery Cheyenne Laramie Southeast Art website
Wyoming Children’s Museum and Nature Center Laramie Albany Southeast Nature center Website
Wyoming Dinosaur Center Thermopolis Hot Springs Northwest Paleontology
Wyoming Frontier Prison Rawlins Carbon Southeast Prison website
Wyoming Governor's Mansion Cheyenne Laramie Southeast Historic house
Wyoming Pioneer Museum Douglas Converse Southeast History website, period displays, antiques and pioneer artifacts
Wyoming State Capitol Cheyenne Laramie Southeast Historic site
Wyoming State Museum Cheyenne Laramie Southeast Multiple Includes Wyoming history, art, natural history and fossils, industry, Native Americans, pioneers and cultural heritage
Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site Laramie Albany Southeast Prison Late 19th-century prison
Wyoming Veterans' Memorial Museum Casper Natrona Central Military website, located at the Casper/Natrona County International Airport

Defunct listings[edit]

  • Old West Wax Museum, Thermopolis, closed in 2010, displays now at Wind River Heritage Center in Riverton[1][2]


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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/8452 Roadside America report, accessed 11/10/12
  2. ^ http://county10.com/2012/05/08/heritage-center-breaks-ground-on-second-museum-building-in-riverton/ "Heritage Center breaks ground on second museum building in Riverton", County10, 5/8/12

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