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Wyoming State Museum
Barrett Building
2301 Central Avenue
Cheyenne, Wy 82002
(307) 777-7022


Artifact Collections

Sheepwagon - G-1969.124.1
The Wyoming State Museum was established in 1895 and has been collecting, preserving, and interpreting a wide variety of artifacts ever since. These collections represent life in Wyoming from prehistoric times to the present. The Museum oversees thousands of artifacts including items crafted and used by Native Americans to manufactured goods purchased and used by today’s residents. Our mission is to collect the many types of things used by people who have called Wyoming their home. Here is a sampling of some of the wonderful artifacts maintained in the collections of the Wyoming State Museum.

Native American Artifacts

This collection primarily strives to represent Native American groups of the Northern Plains region. A few generous artifact donors in the past provided fine examples of craftsmanship from other Native American tribes, which are maintained for comparative purposes.

Lakota Horse Mantle - ETHN-1958.18.41

Shosone Hide Painting - ETHN-1986.104.1

Clothing and Personal Items

Many styles of clothing from the early days of Wyoming to the present can be found in the collections, including everyday and dress clothes for men, women, and children. The State Museum also maintains many civilian and military uniforms.

Bodice, skirt, and bustle, 1872
G-1962.15.2 a-c

Band Uniform Jacket, UP Coal Company - G-1973.62.1

Baby Shoes - G-1959.31.6 a,b

Pocket Watch - G-1939.21.1

Household Items

Everyday objects used in the home are part of the artifact collection as well. These include items such as furniture, coffee pots, quilts, and knick-knacks. These artifacts give a picture of what daily life has been like for the people of Wyoming.

Easy Chair designed by Thomas Molesworth

Wedding Ring Quilt Detail - G-1964.10.291

Alarm Clock - G-2009.76.13

Transportation Artifacts

Wyoming has seen many changes in how people travel from place to place. The collection reflects these changes with artifacts that represent travel by foot, horseback, railroad, car, and airplane.

Automobile License Plate, 1914 - G-1937.22.16

Railroad Signal Lantern
G-1968.132.2 a-c

Western Stock Saddle - G-1960.21.1


Wyoming’s people have worked in many trades from laborer to skilled professional. Tools of these many trades, as well as tools for work in the home, are represented in the collections.

Eggbeater - G-1968.1.38

Medical Examination Chair
- G-2005.51.1, G-1968.132.2 a-c

Camera - G-2008.35.27

Wood Plane - G-1989.65.2 a-c


Fun and recreation are also represented in the collections. Beloved childhood toys, sports equipment, musical instruments, and other items representing leisure time are collected by the museum.

Coloring Book - G-2000.7.53

Toy Tea Set - G-2001.44.2 a-w

Zither - G-1959.27.1


The museum collects all mediums of original art created by Wyoming artists, and works depicting Wyoming’s diverse people and places.

Oil Painting by Minerva Teichert - A-1936.13.1

Photograph by Sue Rosoff A-1985.44.30

Natural History

Wyoming’s natural history is an important part of its story. Examples of minerals, ancient fossils, and animal life can be found in the collections

Fossilized Fish, Knightia Eocaena - NH-1987.25.1

Trona Mineral Sample - NH-2000.39.2

Black Footed Ferret Skeleton - NH-2004.16.1