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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Museums[edit]

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 Center of the West 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
Charles Belden Museum of Western Photography Meeteetse Park Northwest Photography website, photographic works of Charles Belden, mostly from about 1914 to the 1940s, personal and family memorabilia of the photographer, his family, and the historic Pitchfork Ranch, photography gallery
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 Local history [1]
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 and Visitor Center Grand Teton National Park Teton Northwest Multiple Natural history of Grand Teton National Park, mountaineering, Western artifacts
Crimson Dawn Park and Museum Casper Natrona Central Geology website, includes 1929 original log cabin home of artist Neal Forsling and her family
Crook County Museum & Art Gallery Sundance Crook Northeast Multiple website, exhibits include pioneer and Western artifacts, Vore Buffalo Jump, General George Custer, trial of the Sundance Kid, art gallery
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 Memorabilia of the area one shot antelope hunt[2]
First National Bank Museum Meeteetse Park Northwest History Early 20th century bank with furnishings
Fishing Bridge Museum Yellowstone National Park Park Northwest Natural history Wildlife found in Yellowstone National Park
Fort Bridger Fort Bridger Uinta Southwest Fort Restored 19th-century fur-trading fort 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 Historic Site Douglas Converse Southeast Military Trail through mid 19th-century 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 State Historic Site Sinclair Carbon Southeast Fort 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, artifacts from prehistory through the 1920s from the Lander Valley, Fremont County and western Wyoming
Glendo Historical Museum Glendo Platte Central Local history Local history, paleontology and natural history displays[3]
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 Coal mining town, ranching and railroad history[4]
Heart Mountain Wyoming Interpretive Learning Center Powell 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 Includes ranching and homestead artifacts, railroad and transportation displays
Hoofprints of the Past Museum Kaycee Johnson Northeast Local history website, displays include Native Americans, Fort Reno, cattle barons and cowboys, Johnson County War, historic buildings
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 House Kemmerer Lincoln Southwest Historic house Home of James Cash Penney, town is site of first J.C. Penney's store in the U.S.[5]
Jackson Hole Museum Jackson Teton Northwest History Website, operated by the Jackson Hole Historical Society
Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum Buffalo Johnson Northeast History Dioramas and artifacts of Johnson County and frontier history
Lander Art Center Lander Fremont Northwest Art website, hosts 8 annual exhibitions of paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, photography and other media
Lander Children's Museum Lander Fremont Northwest Children's website
Laramie Peak Museum Wheatland Platte Central Local history [6][7]
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 [8]
Meeteetse Museums Meeteetse Park Northwest Local history website, consists of the Meeteetse Museum, Charles Belden Museum of Western Photography, and the First National Bank of Meeteetse Museum. Exhibits include the endangered black-footed ferret, the Meeteetse Mercantile, wild sheep of North America, Harry Jackson sculptures, a Forest Service cabin, local western cowboy tack and saddles, "Little Wahb" the grizzly, Olive Fell Art Gallery, First National Bank of Meeteetse memorabilia, Charles Belden photography and Pitchfork Ranch memorabilia
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 Open-air website, includes pioneer village with 10 buildings, natural and cultural history of the South Pass, Sweetwater and Wind River valley areas
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 website, 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
Old West Wax Museum and Dancing Bear Folk Center Thermopolis Hot Springs Northwest Multiple Wax figures of famous people of the Old West, collection of teddy bears, historic documents, textile center[9][10]
Paleon Museum Glenrock Converse Southeast Natural history website, Wyoming dinosaurs, fossils and paleontology
Parco/Sinclair Historic District Museum Sinclair Carbon Southeast Local history [4]
Pathfinder Dam Intrepretive Center Casper Natrona Central Technology History of the construction of Pathfinder Dam, open by appointment[11]
Red Onion Museum Upton Weston Northeast Local history website[12]
Ripley's Believe It or Not! Jackson Teton Northwest Amusement
Riverton Museum Riverton Fremont Central Local history website, city history, eastern Fremont County communities, the Eastern Shoshone peoples, the Northern Arapaho peoples and regional history
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 History of the Salt Creek Oil Field and oilfield industry, period room displays[13]
Saratoga Museum Saratoga Carbon Southeast History, geology website, exhibits include gems, minerals, Wyoming jade, fossils, pioneer home life artifacts
Science Zone Casper Natrona Central Science website, hands-on science and engineering displays for children, live animals
Sheridan County Museum Sheridan Sheridan Northeast Local history Website, operated by the Sheridan County Historical Society, exhibits include railroads, coal mining, Tongue River log flume, Battle of the Rosebud
Shoshone Tribal Cultural Center Fort Washakie Fremont Northwest Native Americans Heritage and culture of the Eastern Shoshone[14]
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 [15]
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
Ten Sleep Pioneer Museum Ten Sleep Washakie Northeast History Pioneer life and artifacts[16][17]
Texas Trail Museum Pine Bluffs Laramie Southeast Local history
Trail End State Historic Site Sheridan Sheridan Northeast Historic house Early 20th-century mansion home of Governor John B. Kendrick
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
University of Wyoming Art Museum Laramie Albany Albany Southeast Art
University of Wyoming Geological Museum Laramie Albany Southeast Natural history Fossils, rocks, and mineral specimens
University of Wyoming Insect Museum Laramie Albany Southeast Natural history Research collection and exhibit gallery
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 Part of Western Wyoming Community College, mounted wildlife specimens
Werner Wildlife Museum Casper Natrona Central Natural history website, part of Casper College
Western History Center Lingle Goshen Southeast Multiple Local history, paleontology [18]
Western Wyoming Community College campus displays Rock Springs Sweetwater Southwest Multiple Includes an art gallery, five life sized dinosaur displays, nine replica Easter Island statues, other sculptures, fossils, geology and archaeological artifacts
Wind River Heritage Center Riverton Fremont Central Multiple Mounted wildlife and wax figures depicting Wyoming history[19][20]
Wright Centennial Museum Wright Campbell Northeast History website
Wyoming Dinosaur Center Thermopolis Hot Springs Northwest Paleontology Includes over 30 mounted dinosaur skeletons, fossil displays and dioramas, and a preparation lab with visitor viewing
Wyoming Frontier Prison Rawlins Carbon Southeast Prison Tours of the 1901 former prison, history of the prison and current Wyoming State Penitentiary, Wyoming Peace Officer's Museum
Wyoming Governor's Mansion Cheyenne Laramie Southeast Historic house
Wyoming Pioneer Museum Douglas Converse Southeast History website, period displays, antiques and pioneer artifacts, located on the Wyoming State Fairgrounds
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, stories of state veterans who have served in the armed forces spanning the Spanish–American War to the modern era

Defunct listings[edit]

  • Old West Wax Museum, Thermopolis, closed in 2010, displays now at Wind River Heritage Center in Riverton[21][22]
  • Tecumsah's Old West Miniature Village & Museum, Cody[23]
  • Wyoming Children's Museum and Nature Center, Laramie, closed in 2010[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Museum". Chugwater, WY. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "One Shot Antelope Hunt Foundation Evans/Dahl Memorial Museum". Wyoming Tourism. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Glendo Historical Museum". Wyoming Tourism. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Carbon County Museums". Carbon County, Wyoming. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "J.C. Penney House". Wyoming State Historical Society. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "Laramie Peak Museum". Wyoming Tourism. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "Facebook site". Laramie Peak Museum. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "Medicine Bow Museum". Wyoming Tourism. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  9. ^ "Old West Wax Museum". Wonders of Wyoming. July 25, 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "Old West Wax Museum and Dancing Bear Folk Center". Ultimate Wyoming. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  11. ^ "Pathfinder Dam Interpretive Center". Visit Casper. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  12. ^ "Facebook site". Red Onion Museum. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  13. ^ "Salt Creek Museum". Visit Casper. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  14. ^ "Shoshone Tribal Cultural Center". Wyoming Tourism. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  15. ^ "Stolen Bell Museum". Ultimate Wyoming. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  16. ^ "Tensleep Pioneer Musum". Washakie GenWeb. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  17. ^ "Facebook site". Ten Sleep Pioneer Museum. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  18. ^ "Western History Center". Go Goshen. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  19. ^ "Wind River Heritage Center". Wyoming Tourism. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  20. ^ "Riverton, Wyoming: Wind River Heritage Center - Wax Museum". Roadside America. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  21. ^ http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/8452 Roadside America report, accessed 11/10/12
  22. ^ 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
  23. ^ "Museum". Tecumseh's Trading Post. Retrieved 29 September 2015. Museum has been sold and moved to California. 
  24. ^ "Children’s Museum closes". Laramie Boomerang. August 13, 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 

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