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.
Hands-on History Room
This special room is designed for our younger visitors, but all ages can benefit from a visit to the Hands-on History Room. Touchable reproduction artifacts, a chuck wagon, a curiosity cabinet filled with objects to examine, and a child-sized tipi are just some of the many features that bring Wyoming's history to life.
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.
Some of the more artistic or popular pieces in the museum's collection are on exhibit in the Barber Gallery. Most of the museum’s Native American exhibits are found here.
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.
Living in Wyoming
This gallery addresses the social history of Wyoming by focusing on six themes: the home, traditions, Wyomingites, education, government, and recreation.