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

Permanent Galleries

For the Benefit of the People: The National Park Service in Wyoming

Wyoming is home to America’s first National Park, first National Forest, and first National Monument. Learn about the history, the environment, and recreation at the 6 NPS sites in Wyoming as you explore the role the National Park Service has played in promoting and preserving wild spaces in Wyoming.

An Unbroken Circle

Explore thousands of years of Native American history in Wyoming, and enjoy a beautiful selection from the State Museum’s extensive collection of Native American artifacts.

Wyoming's Story

This gallery allows visitors to see artifacts from many eras of Wyoming's past, as well as recent donations. The focal point of Wyoming's Story is a large interactive map that highlights archaeological sites, mountain man rendezvous sites, trails, military forts, and military battles.

The Wild Bunch

Developed in cooperation with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, this gallery acquaints visitors with some of the state's more common wildlife. The Wild Bunch also examines the impact that humans can have on animal populations. A shortgrass prairie diorama depicting a scene from central Wyoming with flora and fauna specimens is the highlight.

Swamped With Coal

Natural resources play a critical role in Wyoming's economy. This gallery informs the visitor about the importance of the state's mining industry. Swamped With Coal also describes the geologic events in the distant past which created modern Wyoming's vast mineral wealth. For example, a large model reminds visitors that ancient swamps are the coal mines of today.

R. I. P. - Rex in Pieces

Wyoming is a dinosaur graveyard and the state's dinosaur and other fossils can be found in museums worldwide. This gallery tells of fossil discovery competitions in the nineteenth century, and looks at some of the state's earliest prehistoric residents. Featured is a cast of a full-sized Camptosaurus skeleton, one of the first dinosaurs found in the state.

Drawn to This Land

Throughout the centuries, certain industries and peoples have been drawn either permanently or temporarily to what is now Wyoming. The Drawn to This Land gallery looks at the reasons why in its six sections: animal management, services and retail, tourism, agriculture, the military, transportation, and mining.

Unbroken Circle

Learn about the way of life of the first people of Wyoming and explore what it was like during those times.