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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 and a Teacher's Guide (including lesson plans, a description of the artifacts, student activities and bibliography). The Museum has trunks on the following subjects:

How to Schedule a Trunk

Discovery Trunks must be reserved at least three weeks in advance. Please note that Discovery Trunks are sent on a first request, first served basis and are available for a period of one week per classroom. Only one Discovery Trunk may be used at a time. Discovery Trunks are available for teachers in the state of Wyoming only.

There is no fee to borrow a Discovery Trunk. The Wyoming State Museum pays for transportation of the trunk to the borrower. Cost of returning the trunk to the museum is the responsibility of the borrower. Because of the size and weight of each trunk (30"x16"x15"; 100 lbs.) it must be shipped by UPS or common truck carrier, which requires a street address instead of a postal box number. To reserve a trunk, please submit a reservation formPDF Document at least three weeks prior to the date you wish to use the trunk.

For more information contact Nathan Doerr, Wyoming State Museum Curator of Education.

Discovery Trunk Scheduling Form PDF Document