10 Must-See Wyoming Museums
Wyoming has a rich and intriguing history, and there are many museums throughout the state that are equally as fascinating as the past they preserve. Here are 10 of the state’s many amazing museums:
1. The National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson
The remarkable stone building looks like a fortress nestled into the hillside, but inside you’ll find 14 separate galleries that showcase an extensive permanent collection as well as touring exhibits. Observe wildlife art while overlooking the 25,000-square-foot National Elk Refuge near Jackson Hole.
2. The Wyoming Dinosaur Center, Thermopolis
Stop in to say hello to Jimbo the Supersuarus, the most infamous dino who makes his home at this museum near Thermopolis. There are more than 30 mounted skeletons and you can tour the dig site. If you really want to see the fossils up close, join the Dig for a Day program.
3. Community Fine Arts Center, Rock Springs
Norman Rockwell, Edward Chavez and hundreds of other artists are on display at this unique cultural center in Rock Springs. Stemming from hard work of a local high school science teacher 1966, the museum has grown to include nearly 500 American paintings as well as hosting an impressive schedule of events.
4. The Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody
The man, the legend and the legacy he left behind all come together to create this grand testament to the Wild West lifestyle made famous by Buffalo Bill Cody himself. You can also explore the history of the Native Plainsmen of northern Wyoming, Western art and much more at this Cody attraction.
5. Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, Cheyenne
The world’s largest outdoor rodeo and western celebration lives on year-round through historical exhibits, fun activities and special events. See the massive collection of horse-drawn carriages and wagons, tour numerous galleries of Western art and relive more than 110 years of this renowned rodeo.
6. The Nicolaysen Museum and Discovery Center, Casper
Known locally as the NIC, it is the premier destination for contemporary art in central Wyoming. With new exhibits every 90 days, there is always something new to browse. The Discovery Center is a hand-on activity area for children and offers educational classes and special programs.
7. Medicine Bow Museum, Medicine Bow
Housed in the old Union Pacific Train Depot originally built in 1913, the museum tells the story of days gone by with genuine artifacts and first-hand history from Medicine Bow. Step into history when you enter the Owen Wister and Monument that is located next to the depot, which was once a summer getaway and winter hunting lodge.
8. Sheridan County Museum, Sheridan
History in Sheridan County is a tapestry woven of American Indians, military, ranching, railroad, timbering, mining, artists, photographers and important events. Much of the rich cultural past of the area is preserved here to educate visitors and future generations about how each individual force shaped modern northeast Wyoming.
9. Sweetwater County Historical Museum, Green River
Green River and Rock springs are not only the two most vital towns in Sweetwater County, but they are key to the history of the entire state. Since several major trails to the west bisected here, the towns grew, and they grew even more when the transcontinental railroad and telegraph lines were established. Discover all the details at the museum.
10. National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, Casper
This museum in Casper should top any cultural itinerary in Central Wyoming. Exhibits in the 27,000-square-foot museum realistically document the lives of both emigrants and Native Americans in the pioneer era and invite visitors to "experience history, don't just read about it."