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Grand Teton National Park
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Laramie Plains Museum
Housed in the Historic Ivinson Mansion, the
museum offers guided tours. Located at 603 E. Ivinson
Avenue in Laramie, WY.
University of Wyoming American Heritage Center
Campbell County Rockpile Museum
County History] [Historic
Focused on the
history of the Campbell County region of Wyoming. Filled
with Native American artifacts, fossils, carriages, and other
historical items, admission to the museum is free. Located
at 900 W. 2nd Street in Gillette, WY.
Carbon County Museum of History
Devoted to the history of Carbon County history,
the museum is open seasonally and features photos, newspapers,
historical documents and more. Located at the corner of
9th and Walnut in Rawlins, WY.
Grand Encampment Museum
Over a dozen
historical buildings provides visitors with a glimpse into the
past of the Encampment Valley. The area became important
when copper was discovered there. When the copper mines
closed in 1908, much of this area became a ghost town. The
museum features the Lora Webb Nichols collection of over 24,000
photographs which give us a look at the history of this wild
west area of the United States. Located at 807 Barnett
Little Snake River Museum
Located in Savery,
Wyoming, and housed in the historical Savery school building,
the museum includes 9 historical structures including: the 1882
Strobridge House, the
Blair Cabin, the
Dutch Joe Schoolhouse and
Jim Baker's Cabin. Focus is on the history of the Snake
River valley and it's people including Indians, mountain-men,
trappers, gold seekers and the pioneers who settled in the
valley to ranch and live. Located in Savery, WY.
Medicine Bow Museum
Housed in the old
Railroad Depot built in 1913, the Medicine Bow Museum features
historic artifacts and items related to the history of Medicine
Bow. Next door is the Owen Wister Cabin. Located at 405
Lincoln Highway in Medicine Bow, WY.
Old Wyoming Frontier Prison Museum
Pen History] [Inmate Profiles]
Visitors may take
guided tours of the 1901 Wyoming Frontier Prison. Located
at 500 W. Walnut Street in Rawlins, WY.
Housed in a log
cabin that was formerly frequented by Butch Cassidy and his
gang, the Outlaw Stop in Baggs depicts local history of the
outlaws in the area. Visitors will find a "combined" town
hall, 2 cell jail, fire station and the Matthews/Gaddis house
which was at times a residence and other times a "Road House"
where the outlaws would gather. There is a book store and
picnic grounds on the property as well. Located in Baggs,
Fort Fetterman State Historic Site
Located just north of Douglas, WY, the fort was
established in 1867 as a military post. The fort played an
important role in the ensuing Indian wars but was abandoned in
1882 when no longer needed. Two restored buildings house
the exhibits and artifacts of Fort Fetterman. Living
history presentations are offered during special events during
the year. Located off of Highway 93, north of Douglas, WY.
Crook County Museum and Art Gallery
Focus is on the research, exhibit and display of
items related to the natural and social history of Crook County,
Wyoming. Located inside the Crook County Courthouse on the
lower level in Sundance, WY.
Devils Tower National Monument
Museum / Wind River Historical Center
The Dubois Museum is a living history museum with
focus on the preservation and interpretation of the history of
the Upper Wind River Valley. Exhibits are related to the
first inhabitants of the valley including the Mountain Shoshone,
early homesteaders, the Scandinavian loggers and the railroad
hacks. Located at 909 West Ramshorn Street in Dubois, WY.
Housed inside the early 1916 Riverton Methodist
Church building, the museum focuses on the local history of the
20th century homesteaders who settled in Riverton and brought
life to this growing city. Located at 700 Eastpark in Riverton, WY.
South Pass City State Historic Site
original structures which have been restored, visitors can pan
for gold, watch the blacksmith at work, and walk the streets of
South Pass City, a gold rush town which began with the boom in
1867. This ghost town turned historic site has become one
of the most accurately restored and authentic historic sites of
the old west.
Wind River Heritage Center
collections of historical items from the Mountain Man era,
wildlife exhibits and Native American arts and gifts.
Location is 412 E. Fremont Avenue in Riverton, WY.
Wind River Genealogy Project
[History of Fort Washakie]
Fort Laramie National Historic Site
Originally established in 1834 as a fur trading
post, Fort Laramie was founded in 1849 when
Fort John was purchased by the army they began to build the
military outpost on the Oregon Trail. Fort Laramie served
as a command post for Indian conflict during the 1860s and
1870s. Today, many of the fort buildings have been
restored and refurnished. They are open to visitors and it
is an extremely interesting historic site.
The museum houses
the written records and historical manuscripts, land claims,
photographs and memorabilia of the homestead act period in
Wyoming history. Located at 2017 East A Street in
Hot Springs County
Dancing Bear Folk Center
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Hot Springs County Museum and Cultural Center
The museum complex
includes a two story museum building, the 1919
Middleton Schoolhouse, an old train
caboose and several
outbuildings with outdoor exhibits. Focused on the
history of Hot Springs County, WY and featuring exhibits of
Native American artifacts, an old log cabin and a large
collection of photographs of Thermopolis and Hot Springs County.
Located at 700 Broadway in Thermopolis, WY.
Legend Rock Petroglyphs
There are over 300
petroglyphs which span thousands of years. Visitors are
advised to visit Hot Springs State Park which is currently the
administrator for this historical site. The park is
located at 538 N Park Street in Thermopolis, WY.
Old West Wax Museum (need a link
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frontier historical dioramas with life-size wax figures,
visitors will drift back to a time when men and women were as
raw and untamed as the country they lived in. The dioramas
feature western heroes, outlaws, lawmen, cowboys, school marms,
Indians, and mountain men.... all characters who tamed the wild
wild west. Located at 119 S. 6th Street in Thermopolis,
Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum
The museum is focused on the late Jim Gatchell's
vision of preserving the history of Johnson County, Wyoming.
The primary focus is on the frontier era. Featuring
collections of art, historical artifacts and the archives of
documents, the primary focus is on the frontier era of history
in the Powder River Country of Johnson County. Location is
100 Fort Street in Buffalo, WY.
Occidental Historic Hotel [Museum]
Take a step back in time when you stay in an
authentic old west hotel where Butch Cassidy, The Sundance Kid,
Calamity Jane and Buffalo Bill Cody once laid their heads to
rest. You will enjoy the 1908 Historic Saloon and dining
in the Virginian Restaurant located in the Big Horn Mountains.
10 North Main Street
Buffalo, WY 82834
Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum
Cheyenne Historic Governor's Mansion
Built in 1904 and
boasting beautiful sandstone columns, the Governor's Mansion
served as home to Wyoming Governors until 1976 and was opened as
a museum in 1977. Located at 300 E. 21st Street in
Nelson Museum of the West [Exhibits]
While the first
idea for this museum was to feature some of the wildlife of the
world, the museum also focuses on the Western Heritage of
Wyoming. Located at 1714 Carey Avenue in Cheyenne, WY.
Warren AFB and Heritage Museum
learn about the history of missiles and the 90th Space Wing
along with a look in the lives of the men and women who were
stationed at the post in early days. Housed inside
historic building 210 on F.E. Warren AFB just west of Cheyenne,
Wyoming State Archives and History Museum
Wyoming State Museum
Fossil Butte National Monument
Visitors will discover some of the world's best
preserved fossils in the flat-topped ridges of Wyoming's cold
sagebrush desert. Located 9 miles west of Kemmerer on US
Fossil Country Frontier Museum
The museum is
focused on the natural history and culture of South Lincoln
County and SW Wyoming. Major exhibits include a replicated
coal mine and mining equipment, early 1900s period dining room,
the JC Penny Mother Store, bootlegging stills and presses and
many artifacts and historical documents. Located at 400
Pine Avenue in Kemmerer, WY.
J C Penney Homestead and Historical Foundation
The site of the first J.C. Penney's store in the
United States, it features Penney's original homestead with some
original furnishings and historical photos. Located at 722
J. C. Penney Drive in Kemmerer, WY.
Fort Caspar Museum and Historic Site
Fort Caspar is a reconstructed 1865 military
fort. The museum features exhibits of prehistoric people,
the Plains Indians, local ranching, and the energy industry.
Visitors will find much information on the western emigrant
trails and the role of the army on the early frontier of
Wyoming. Located at 4001 Fort Caspar Rd. in Casper, WY.
National Historic Trails Interpretive Center
Bureau of Land Management Wyoming
[Travel the Trails] [Virtual Tour]
Bill Center of the West
This is actually a complex of 5 museums and the
McCracken Research Library located at 720 Sheridan Avenue in
Buffalo Bill Museum is focused on the life and times of
Buffalo Bill Cody.
Whitney Western Art Museum features American West
Plains Indian Museum tells the story of the Indian peoples
of the plains.
Cody Firearms Museum offers a large collection of antique
firearms which includes many Winchester examples.
Draper Museum of Natural History provides insight into the
natural history of the area rather than the Western history.
Devoted to the Shoshone Irrigation Project which
was Federally funded in 1904. Until 1950, the irrigation
and homestead project was inn effect and was the longest
homesteading project in history. The museum contains
thousands of artifacts, historic buildings and photographs
depicting the early homesteading life of early Big Horn Basin
pioneers. Located at 324 E. First Street in Powell, WY.
Meeteetse Bank Museum
Housed inside the
historic bank building, the museum features artifacts from the
Meeteetse Bank, the local cattle and sheep industries, Kirwin
(the historic mining turned ghost town) and the Charles Belden
western photography collection. Located at 1003 Park
Avenue in Meeteetse, WY.
Old Trail Town Museum of the Old West
Located on the
original site of historic Cody, Wyoming, Old Trail Town features
actual authentic Old West structures furnished with artifacts
and antiques of the day. Walk into a real saloon -
complete with bullet holes - frequented by the "Hole in the Wall
Gang". Stand inside the hideaway cabin used by Butch Cassidy and
the Sundance Kid. View the home of Curley - General
Custer's Crow Indian scout - and visit the grave of mountain man
"Jeremiah Johnson". Examine the countless settlers and
Indian artifacts. Get the feel of yesterday, a
one-of-a-kind museum adventure for the entire family.
Located at 1831 Demaris Drive in Cody, Wyoming.
Tecumseh's Old West Miniature Village, Museum, Trading Post
minature village which traces the history of Wyoming and Montana
from the 1600s to the 1890s. The museum features a large
collection of western and Indian artifacts. Located at 140
W. Yellowstone Avenue in Cody, WY.
Laramie Peak Museum
Filled with early household items, antiques and
artifacts related to the history of the area, the museum is open
seasonally. Location is 1601 16th Street in Wheatland, WY.
Bradford Brinton Memorial, Museum, & Historic Ranch
Fort Phil Kearney State Historic Site [History]
[Casualties of the Fetterman Fight at Fort Phil Kearney]
The historic site is dedicated to the
preservation and interpretation of Fort Phil Kearny, Fetterman
Battlefield, Connor Battlefield, Crazy Woman Battle, Fort Reno,
Fort Fetterman, and the Wagon Box Fight. Fort Phil Kearny
is best known for the war between the U.S. Army and the Sioux
Indians. There is a museum located at both Fort Phil
Kearney and Fort Fetterman where visitors can learn about the
history of the historic events in this area. Located at
528 Wagon Box Road in Banner, WY.
Mandel Post Office
Known as Sheridan's oldest building, the post
office is a log cabin with a sod roof. It was built in
1882 and held the post office, a store, a residence and voting
place all at once. In 1885 it was the first bank in
Sheridan. Today it is owned and operated by the National
Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of
Trail End Historical Center
400 Claronden Street
Sheridan, WY 82801
Sheridan County Museum
Devoted to the preservation of the colorful
cultures, characters and commerce of Sheridan area history with
exhibits, children's programs, and activities. Located at 850
Sibley Circle in Sheridan, WY.
The Sheridan Inn - Historical Home of Buffalo Bill
Trail End State Historical Site and Museum
Green River Valley History Museum
Focused on the preservation and display of the
cultural heritage of the Green River Valley of Wyoming, the
museum features exhibits of Indian artifacts, oil and gas
history, coal mining history, early pioneer homesteading and
more. Located at 206 N. Front Street in Big Piney, WY.
Museum of The Mountain Man
The museum is a place to learn about the historic
mountain man of Wyoming. Fur traders, trappers and trail
blazers were the first inhabitants of the wild west and their
roles in Wyoming history are examined and honored. Located
at 700 E. Hennick in Pinedale, WY.
Sweetwater County Historical Museum
Focusing primarily on the cultural heritage of SW
Wyoming and the preservation of the history of Sweetwater
County, the museum features collections of historical artifacts,
photographs and documents. Located at 3 East Flaming Gorge
Way in Green River, WY.
Grand Teton National Park
Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum
Learn about the
people and stories of Jackson Hole, WY.
Uinta County Museum
Focused on the
collection, preservation and interpretation of the history of
Uinta County and the surrounding region. Housed inside the
historical 1906 Carnegie building and features historical
artifacts, photographs and archival records related to the
history of Evanston and the surrounding area. Located at
1020 Front Street in Evanston, WY.
Museum and Cultural Center
Housed inside a new
facility with over 25,000 square feet of space to hold
collections and exhibits related to the historical people of the
Big Horn Basin and their environment, the museum also serves as
a center for the visual and performing arts. Visitors will learn
about the history of early settlers, geology, archaeology and
the paleontology of the area. Located at 2200 Big Horn Avenue in
Anna Miller Museum - Relive the historic old west!
Walk back in time and relive the old west.
This museum was built of hand-hewn sandstone blocks, quarried
from nearby Salt Creek by the WPA in the 1930s. Located
off Highway 16 in Newcastle, WY.
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history of both Upton and Weston Counties of Wyoming, the museum
features artifacts, artwork, photographs and documents from
pioneer days to present and includes a research facility on the
premises. Located at 203 Pine Street in Upton, WY.
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