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01 December 2020

Wyoming State Museum Suffrage traveling exhibit on display at Western Wyoming Community College

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The Wyoming State Museum’s traveling exhibit, Suffrage Wyoming, will be on display at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs from December 1 through May 31, 2021.

The exhibit traces the history and impact of women’s suffrage in Wyoming from 1869 to the present day. As Wyoming celebrates its 150th anniversary of universal suffrage in 2019, and the 100th anniversary of national women’s suffrage in 2020, this exhibit examines both the major successes and long road ahead for women in politics.

The Wyoming State Museum offers travelling exhibits for rent free of charge to museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions. For rental or exhibit information please contact Carlos Santos, Curator of Exhibits, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For information on the exhibit’s time in Rock Springs, please contact David Tate at Western Wyoming Community College, at 307-382-1882or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

24 November 2020

State Museum Family Day Program Features Never-Before-Seen Animal Mounts

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A new and different Wyoming State Museum Family Day experience features a grizzly bear, black bear and white-tailed prairie dogs.

Over the next two weeks, come to the museum to see our brand-new mounts of all three animals and help yourself to one of hundreds of craft bags filled with three fun crafts, all about hibernating animals.

Additionally, you and your family can learn more about these animals by watching the Facebook Live presentation of “Animal Hibernation in Wyoming!”

The link for the video is below. Come check out the museum, have some fun, and take home some awesome crafts.

Facebook Live link:

Black Bears and White-Tailed Prairie Dogs - Facebook Live Video

27 October 2020

State Museum Invites Public to Celebrate Dia de los Muertos From Home

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This year’s Wyoming State Museum’s popular Dia de los Muertos event can be celebrated from your home.

In honor of the Day of the Dead, the public is invited to swing by the museum from Thursday, October 29 through Monday November 2, for a special Dia de los Muertos bag. The free bag will include on blank sugar cookie skull to decorate, a mask to decorate, directions to make royal icing and some other information about other ways to celebrate this special holiday. Visit the Wyoming State Museum Facebook information for even more fun, holiday information.

Skulls are free for adults and kids alike! Come grab a bag for each member of your family, while supplies last, and celebrate Día de los Muertos at your home!

The Wyoming State Museum is located in the Barrett Building, 2301 Central Avenue in Cheyenne. The Wyoming State Museum is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

13 October 2020

State Museum Halloween Event, "Night at the Museum" Canceled Due to Covid Concerns

Out of an abundance of caution due to the health risks related to COVID-19, the Wyoming State Museum's Halloween event - Night at the Museum - has been canceled for 2020.

Jeremy Thornbrugh, the Museum Curator of Education shared, "After much thought, the museum has arrived at the difficult decision that we are unable to host our annual Night at the Museum special event, this year. We love having the community celebrate Halloween with us. But, we could not determine a safe way to accommodate the 2,000 people that usually attend this special event. We look forward to many amazing events, next year."

The museum is currently open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

25 September 2020

State Museum Traveling Exhibit "Suffrage Wyoming" On Display in Gillette

The Wyoming State Museum’s traveling exhibit, Suffrage Wyoming, will be on display at the Campbell County Public Library in Gillette from October 1st through October 30, 2020. The exhibit traces the history and impact of women’s suffrage in Wyoming from 1869 to the present day. As Wyoming celebrates its 150th anniversary of universal suffrage in 2019, and the 100th anniversary of national women’s suffrage in 2020, this exhibit examines both the major successes and long road ahead for women in politics.

The Wyoming State Museum offers travelling exhibits for rent free of charge to museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions. For rental or exhibit information please contact Carlos Santos, Curator of Exhibits, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For information on the exhibit’s time in Gillette, please contact Genevieve Schlekeway at the Campbell County Public Library, at 307-687-0009 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Point of contact: 
Genevieve Schlekeway 
Campbell County Public Library
Gillette Wyoming, 82718
307-687-0009
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WSM Contact:
Carlos Santos
Curator of Exhibits
307-287-2677
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02 September 2020

CWAM Grant Received by Wyoming State Museum

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The Wyoming State Museum recently received a grant from the Colorado Wyoming Association of Museums (CWAM) to pay for the purchase of storage cabinet drawers.

This museum-quality equipment was needed to house a collection of 349 Western folk-art miniature carvings created by Earl Newell of Sheridan, Wyo.

In accepting this collection, the Museum has undertaken a multiphase project to catalog, clean, temporarily exhibit, and provide safe long-term storage for the carvings.

The artist who created these carvings had a life-long fascination with the American West. Earl and his wife, Ann, opened a café in Sheridan around 1920.

Soon after this, Earl became ill and could no longer walk. He began to created miniature wooden carvings of historic buildings, wagons, people, and animals representing traditional ways of life in Wyoming. These carvings were originally used in elaborate window scenes in the café. The scenes included cattle drives, stage hold-ups, old western towns, and rodeos.