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Discover Wyoming’s Popular Music, Arts and Museums
Make Wyoming’s music, arts and museums a part of your visit to the state. Whether you want to attend a bluegrass festival, browse galleries, or explore museums, you’ll find an array of entertaining destinations to choose from.
Be sure to check out local music and theater venues during your stay. The Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra is the region’s major professional performing arts organization and provides concerts that rival those of much larger cities. The Jackson Hole and Northwest Wyoming Performing Arts Center presents a variety of entertainment including theater, film, and dance.
Attend lectures on global issues, view art exhibits, and see performances from top name entertainers. The Jackson Hole Art Festival is held over two weekends in September. Enjoy the works of nationally renowned artists, attend the auction and take in the variety of activities showcasing food, poetry, crafts, and dance. The Big Horn Mountain Festival in July brings music lovers to the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Buffalo. Hear traditional bluegrass artists, folk, Americana, and traditional acoustic music and enjoy a variety of food and craft vendors.
Music workshops are offered for those seeking instruction on guitar, mandolin, banjo, and fiddle instruments. Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue has been an institution in Cody for over 13 years. Held at the Kuyper Dining Pavilion at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, the music revue captures the traditions of the American West in song.
Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Described as one of Wyoming and Cody's most remarkable museums, the Buffalo Bull City of the West preserves the legacy of William F. Cody, the original Buffalo Bill and the town's namesake. Explore six museums, which explore the heritage and artifacts of the region's outdoor history. See displays of Buffalo Bill in action, take in Wyoming's natural history, see the lives of the Native Americans, and take in one of the most comprehensive collections of firearms in the world.
Check out authentic Wyoming history. The CallAir Museum, located in the Afton Civic Center, showcases a wonderful collection of original CallAir aircraft. Designed by Reuel Call, his brothers Spencer and Barlow, and Carl Peterson, CallAir passenger, crop duster airplanes and snow cars were manufactured in Afton between 1940 – 1960.
Stroll through the museum to view the original aircraft and learn more of their history. Enjoy a scenic drive north to beautiful Jackson and schedule time to visit Grand Teton National Park. While traveling in the Cowboy State of Wyoming, make the most of your time with a tour o the CallAir Museum.
Carbon County Museum
Plan a visit to Wyoming and head to the southern section of the central region – there, you'll find Rawlins. A visit to Rawlins should mean some time spent at the Carbon County Museum. Opened in August of 1940 after a push from Rev. Hugh Fulton, the Carbon County Museum features nearly 30,000 items – historic artifacts, pictures, recreations, and plenty of local nostalgia. Your visit to the Carbon County Museum will yield specific insights into the early years of life in Rawlins.
Some of the permanent exhibits are built around locals of prominence. There's a spotlight on 19th century medicine, with exhibits celebrating the work of Dr. John Eugene Osborne, who was elected as the first governor of Wyoming in 1891. You'll also want to check out the exhibit on Dr. Lillian Heath, Wyoming's first female physician. There's a wealth of knowledge to glean – make your way to the Carbon County Museum soon.
Cowgirls of the West Museum
Established in 1995, the Cowgirls of the West Museum & Emporium is located in downtown Cheyenne in southern Wyoming. Showcasing the efforts and stories of women in the Old West, this free, non-profit museum is run by volunteers. Open Tuesday through Saturday, the Cowgirls of the West Emporium is an onsite boutique featuring Western books, antiques, fashion, and many made-in-Wyoming crafts and gifts.
Crook County Museum & Art Gallery
Make your way to Sundance and experience the nostalgia and intriguing history of the area with a trip to the Crook County Museum & Art Gallery. Sundance, a charming and pleasant city in northeast Wyoming, is south of Hulett and just west of the South Dakota border. While many visitors enjoy some outdoor fun at the Washington Park near downtown Sundance, you'll certainly want to explore a bit of local history when you're at the Crook County Museum & Art Gallery.
With origins tracing back to 1938 with Dave Hilton opened a tiny museum of the old town library in Sundance, the Crook County Museum & Art Gallery fully opened in its current location in 1971. Be sure to snap a few pics of the four fantastic dioramas on display – there's Devils Tower, the Custer Expedition, Vore Buffalo Jump, and the 1st Experimental Nuclear Power Plant.
Fort Caspar Museum & Historic Site
Learn a bit about Wyoming history on your next visit. Fort Caspar Museum & Historic Site is the location of a 1865 military post, named after 2nd Lieutenant Caspar Collins. This reconstructed post is located in Casper, "the Oil City," near the North Platte River at the foot of Casper Mountain. Walk through the log buildings, the stockade and the replica of a Mormon ferry.
Visit the site and museum to learn of the rich history of the land seekers that first settled in the area. The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Schedule plenty of time during your visit to this beautiful region of Wyoming. There are many ways to enjoy a stay in Wyoming – Fort Caspar Museum is only one of the exceptional choices.
Hulett Museum & Art Gallery
Established in 2010, the Hulett Museum & Art Gallery is located in northeastern Wyoming near the Devils Tower National Monument. The Hulett museum showcases collections of artifacts and artwork on Wyoming’s current, Old West, and ancient heritage. Free to Cowboy State visitors, the Hulett Museum & Art Gallery is open throughout the year – and also features lecture series, summer events, and traveling exhibits.
King's Saddlery Museum
Found in downtown Sheridan, the Don King Museum at King's Saddlery is the ultimate Western and Wyoming track store. Explore one of the largest inventories of merchandise for the region's cowboys, cowgirls, and city-slickers. The store and museum features its signature collection of cowboy ropes and a museum that consists of over three decades of Western and cowboy memorabilia. See historic saddles, wagons, coaches, and much more.
Museum of the American West
During your travels of central Wyoming, slow down in the small city of Lander. Located along the Popo Agie River at the base of the Wind River Mountains, Lander is the home to the Museum of the American West. This fine indoor and outdoor museum was established in 1988, to showcase the history of the South Pass region, the Wind River valley and the Sweetwater valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Take your time touring the 8.6-acre museum grounds to see the historical Guinard Cabin, St. Matthew's Chapel, Coutant House, Borner's Garden Schoolhouse, Laird Cabin, H.A. Smith Cabin, Stough House, States Cabin, Dickinson Livery Stable and the Thompson Carpentry Shop. If visiting during the summer months, be sure to browse the selection of fresh produce at the weekly Farmer's Market, held at the museum.
Museum of the Mountain Man
Just outside of the Bridger Wilderness in western Wyoming you'll find Pinedale. A charming and pleasant town, Pinedale is home to the Museum of the Mountain Man. Make the drive in from Lander and check out the intriguing museum. Dedicated to showcasing a substantial collection of Rocky Mountain fur trade era artifacts and historical pieces, the Museum of the Mountain Man is open during the summer from May 1 – September 30, and during the fall all through October.
Plan a visit to the Museum of the Mountain Man, head downstairs and check out the highlights from settlement era Sublette County. A real treat at the Museum of the Mountain Man is the Jim Bridger's rifle. A .40 caliber, half-stock rifle featuring the engraving "J. Bridger 1853," it's just one of the many stunning and culturally relevant pieces at the Museum of the Mountain Man.
The Stagecoach Museum
Check out some exceptional western history in Wyoming. Found in the former Wyoming National Guard Armory building, the Stagecoach Museum is located in eastern Wyoming in the city of Lusk. This two-story museum features artifacts of the area’s western heritage, including the popular and authentic stagecoach used Cheyenne to Black Hills Stage & Express Line.
Old west fans may browse relics like buggies, a one-room schoolhouse, and even a two-headed calf. Open Monday through Saturday, the Stagecoach Museum is admitted with a $2 donation fee for adults. Make the most of your visit to Lusk with a tour of the Stagecoach Museum.
Werner Wildlife Museum
Explore the wild side of Wyoming. The Werner Wildlife Museum showcases the wonderful variety of Wyoming wildlife. The museum is located in the center of Casper, within walking distance to Casper College. Visit the museum to view the exhibits featuring fish, rodents, birds, megafauna, large game animals and Snowflake, the albino deer.
Since museum admission is free, visit as often as you like. While in town, schedule time to stroll through the Fort Caspar Museum, the Historic Trails Interpretive Center and the Tate Geological Museum. Maximize your fun while in Casper – a visit to the Warner Wildlife Museum is just the ticket.
Wyoming State Museum
Free to the public, the Wyoming State Museum is located in the Barrett Building in Cheyenne – the capital of Wyoming. Open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., WSM exhibits the Cowboy State’s history and heritage. Permanent galleries include Wyoming's Story, The Wild Bunch, and R. I. P. – Rex in Pieces. WSM also features education programs like Hands-On History Room, lecture and book discussion series, and the Discovery Trunk outreach service.