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

School Programs

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Wyoming State Museum School Tours

Bring your class to the Wyoming State Museum for a history lesson they will never forget! During a visit, students are able to explore “The Wild Bunch” gallery and view pronghorn antelope, falcons and other prairie wildlife in their natural habitat. “Swamped With Coal” provides them with an opportunity to discover the importance of Wyoming's mineral resources. In “R.I.P. - Rex in Pieces” students will come face-to-face with a full size Camptosaurus skeleton, one of the first dinosaurs found in Wyoming. And in “Drawn to This Land” they’ll find out how and why people came to Wyoming, from 12,000 years ago to the present. Throughout the museum, hands-on displays and activities help students interpret and understand the exciting history of Wyoming.

School groups are welcome throughout the year, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We recommend that you contact us at least three weeks in advance to schedule your visit. Scheduling your visit ahead of time helps us plan programs specific to your needs and helps control the number of students in the museum at one time. This is extremely important from January through June when over 1,000 students can visit the museum each month. Scheduling a visit also helps us ensure a quality educational and enjoyable experience for all museum visitors.

All education programs presented at the Wyoming State Museum are directly tied to Wyoming Department of Education Content & Performance Standards.

To schedule your visit online, click here. You can also contact us directly:

Nathan Doerr
Curator of Education
Wyoming State Museum
Barrett Building
2301 Central Avenue
Cheyenne, WY 82002
(307) 777-7021
(307) 777-5375 (fax)

Come to the Wyoming State Museum and bring history alive for your students!

In addition to the programs listed below, our Discovery Trunks can also be used for on-site or off-site programs. The education staff at the Wyoming State Museum is also more than happy to develop programs that specifically fit your lesson planning needs. For more information on crafting a custom field trip to the Museum or a program for your classroom, please contact Nathan Doerr, Curator of Education, at (307) 777-7021.

On-Site Programs

Self-Guided Exploration
Grades pre-K-12
Classes are invited to explore the Museum on their own. If this option is preferred, Museum staff will provide your group with a general welcome and introduction. Many self-guided groups then like to explore the Museum using one of our Scavenger Hunts. Typical self-guided visit time is between 1 hour and 90 minutes.

D is for Dinosaur
Grades K – 2
During a read aloud story, students will learn about the Wyoming State Dinosaur. Following the story, students will discover how looking at a dinosaur skull can tell us lots about the dinosaur it belonged to. Students will then explore the “R.I.P. - Rex In Pieces” exhibit by playing Dino Scavenger Hunt bingo. Program length is 45 minutes.

Wyoming Wildlife Detectives
Grades K-2
Students will learn how to identify common Wyoming animals by studying the tracks and scat that they leave behind. Animal skulls and hides will also be used in the 45 minute presentation.

Bison Culture
Grade K-5
The American Bison was an essential part of the Plains Indian’s life. Learn about this unique relationship through a multi-media presentation. Program length is approximately 1 hour. This program can also be presented in your classroom.

Wyoming History ExpertsPDF Document
Grade 4
This program provides students with an opportunity for focused exhibit exploration at the Wyoming State Museum. Visiting school groups are divided into smaller expert groups, which are then assigned to one of the following exhibit areas: Native Americans, Mountain Men, Frontier Army, Ranching, and Natural Resources. After a general welcome and introduction by Museum staff, the experts explore their assigned exhibit and write down things they learn or find to be interesting. Then, as an entire class, we visit each of the five exhibit areas. Within each exhibit, students from that expert group present to the class what they learned. Museum staff then elaborates on each topic, utilizing hands-on artifacts from our teaching collection. During the remaining time, students are encouraged to explore the other parts of the Museum not included in the program. For this program, 1 hour 30 minutes is preferred, although activity can be completed in 1 hour if needed.

Bills to Laws
Grades 5-12
Using Wyoming State Symbols, this program provides students with an opportunity to explore the Wyoming State Museum while thinking about the legislative process. Program length is approximately 1 hour.

More than Artifacts
Grades 6-12
Using artifacts from the Museum’s Teaching Collection, students will learn that artifacts are more than just the objects they appear to be. Students will have an opportunity to explore an object, in-depth, looking at its tangible characteristics and then thinking about the intangibles. Program length is approximately 1 hour.

Off-Site Programs

The following programs can either be presented in your classroom (if you are located within Laramie County School District #1) or at the Museum. If your classroom is outside of Laramie County School District #1, the following programs can be presented virtually (see below).

Storytellers of Change
Grade 3
Through the use of historical photographs, students will take a visual tour through Cheyenne's past. This program is presented in the classroom and is available to third-grade students in Laramie County School District #1. Program length is 45 minutes.

Bison Culture
Grade K-5
The American Bison was an essential part of the Plains Indian’s life. Learn about this unique relationship through a multi-media presentation. Program length is approximately 1 hour.

Preparing for History Day
Grades 6-12
This program is intended for classrooms that are working on Wyoming History Day projects. Using exhibits as an example, your students will learn the important elements of putting together their Wyoming History Day project. This program is presented in the classroom and is available to sixth- through twelfth-grade students in Laramie County School District #1. Program length is 45 minutes.

Virtual Programs

The Wyoming State Museum offers virtual programs for classrooms able to access Skype/Skype for Business/Google Hangouts/etc. Programs may be customized to your needs and may also be offered in conjunction with your use of the Museum’s Discovery Trunks.

For a listing of current virtual programs, please visit the Wyoming State Museum’s Microsoft Education partner page. We realize that many classrooms in Wyoming are unable to access Skype/Skype for Business. For this reason, the Wyoming State Museum offers virtual programming via Google Hangouts and other video conferencing platforms.

For questions or to discuss customized program options, please contact Nathan Doerr at (307) 777-7021 or via e-mail at nathan.doerr@wyo.gov.