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

Discovery Trunks

Discovery Trunk
Discovery Trunks

Discovery Trunk Program

The Discovery Trunk Program is part of the Wyoming State Museum's education outreach service. This program is designed to complement the teaching of Wyoming history and history of the American West. Discovery Trunks helps create a unique and challenging learning environment that enhances traditional classroom instruction.

The Discovery Trunk Program enables students to better understand and appreciate the history and people of the West through hands-on experience with historical objects. Each trunk contains hands-on reproduction artifacts. The Wyoming State Museum offers the following trunks:

Please note that the Wyoming Archaeology and Wyoming Trails trunks have been retired.

How to Schedule a Trunk

To help reduce costs, we encourage trunk use to be coordinated and trunks to be shared between classrooms across an entire school district. Trunks may be borrowed for a period of one week per classroom. To ensure availability and to coordinate shipping, Discovery Trunks must be reserved at least three weeks in advance. Please note that Discovery Trunks are sent on a first requested, first reserved basis and are available to teachers in the state of Wyoming only.

In conjunction with use of the trunks we encourage teachers to participate in a virtual field trip component. During a virtual field trip, students from the participating class will have an opportunity to meet with staff from the Wyoming State Museum and learn more about the trunk contents. Virtual Field Trips can be conducted via Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts, GoToMeeting, or other video conferencing platforms that are supported within the school district.

While there is no fee to borrow the Discovery Trunks, the borrower is responsible for return shipping. The Wyoming State Museum pays for transportation of the trunks to the borrower, but the borrower is responsible for coordinating and paying for the return of the trunks to the Museum. Because of the size and weight of each trunk (30" x 15" x 22"; 75-100 lbs) they must be shipped by UPS or a common carrier (such as North Park Transportation Co.), which requires a street address instead of a postal box number. For their return, trunks can also be hand-delivered.

To submit a scheduling request: please complete a reservation formPDF Document and return it to Nathan Doerr, Curator of Education, via e-mail or by mail at 2301 Central Avenue, Cheyenne, WY 82002.

For questions, e-mail Nathan or call him at (307) 777-7021.