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

Family Programs

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A family visit to the Wyoming State Museum will help bring history to life! During your visit, you and your children will be able to explore “The Wild Bunch” gallery and view pronghorn antelope, falcons and other prairie wildlife in their natural habitat. “Swamped With Coal” provides you with an opportunity to discover the importance of Wyoming's mineral resources. In “R.I.P. - Rex in Pieces” you’ll come face-to-face with a full size Camptosaurus skeleton, one of the first dinosaurs found in Wyoming. And in “Drawn to This Land” you’ll find out how and why people came to Wyoming, from 12,000 years ago to the present. Throughout the museum, hands-on displays help you learn about Wyoming’s amazing natural and cultural resources.

Exciting Changes:

Our Hands-on History Room is currently closed as it undergoes an exciting transformation. After much planning, the new hands-on room--the Hands on Habitats Lab--will retain the original emphasis on interactive, child-focused elements but the interpretation will now focus on Wyoming’s most important natural resource—the great outdoors. The new room will be an immersive natural environment inspired by Wyoming’s State Parks and five Wyoming habitats: your habitat; riparian; shortgrass prairie; sagebrush steppe; forest; and alpine.

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Featuring landscape dioramas, floor to ceiling murals, dynamic day-to-night lighting—including a star field—and associated day-to-night audio, scent stations, and other interactive elements, the new exhibit will inspire families to learn about and take advantage of the unparalleled outdoor amenities found throughout the great State of Wyoming. The new room will also function as our education classroom, with movable components to accommodate school groups. Along with the room's redesign, new education programs are also being developed.

The current Hands-on History Room closed on July 31st for demolition. The new Hands On Habitats Lab is scheduled to re-open this fall. Check our Facebook and Instagram for updates and exciting sneak peeks!

Activity Guides

The Wyoming State Museum provides families and children with fun ways to explore the Museum’s exhibits. Copies of each of the following activity guides are available at the Museum’s front desk, or via download using the links below.

Hunt for History
Hunt for History helps children, ages 4 – 6, discover some of the objects found inside the Wyoming State Museum. With the activity guide, young children can search for objects ranging from wildlife and dinosaur bones to man-made artifacts from Wyoming’s past. After searching for the objects, don’t forget to experience the past in the Hands-On History Room!

Hunt for History PDF Document

Riddle Me This Scavenger Hunt
Using riddles as clues, the Riddle Me This Scavenger Hunt used riddles to help guide children and families throughout the Museum. As they explore the exhibits at the Wyoming State Museum and answer questions along the way, participants will discover objects from Wyoming’s past, learn about the people who used them, and how they helped to shape the State’s history.

Riddle Me This Scavenger Hunt PDF Document
Riddle Me This Scavenger Hunt Answer Key PDF Document

Family Days

Family Days is a free program of the Wyoming State Museum that provides children and their families with fun and educational opportunities to explore Wyoming’s natural and cultural resources. The program is held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month, September through May, at the Wyoming State Museum. Each month’s program has a different theme. Children must be accompanied by an adult.