Wyoming State Museum celebrates 150 Years of Yellowstone


The Wyoming State Museum celebrates 150 years of Yellowstone with two public events in March.


March 1, 2022, marks the 150th anniversary of the creation of Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone was the first national park to be established in the U.S., and the world. Its formation led to a world-wide national park movement that strives to protect natural places and resources for the benefit of the people. 

To commemorate this important milestone, the State Museum will host two free, public events on March 5th and 25th. 

On March 5 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. we will be celebrating as part of the museum’s monthly Family Days.   “Happy Birthday, Yellowstone” will be a fun and engaging opportunity for children and their families to learn about the significance of National Parks to conservation, education, and research. Kids will make their own party hats, play games, create art, and learn directly from partner organizations from around the state. Family Days are generously sponsored by SCHEELS in Johnstown, CO.

On March 25 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. the museum will host “Party Like It’s 1872,” an after-hours event for adults over the age of 21. Similar to Family Days, this event will celebrate the legacy of Yellowstone’s 150-year history with information tables hosted by organizations and researchers from across the state.

Attendees can learn about geysers, wildlife, conservation, and even hear stories from former Rangers who worked in the park during the centennial celebrations in 1972. Festivities include beer and wine, a raffle, music, art making, trivia, and games. This event is generously sponsored by Danielmarks Brewing Company and Smile Doctors of Cheyenne. 

Both events will have limited capacity to keep attendees, staff, and partners safe. Registration is required and space is expected to fill up quickly. Register for Family Day online at https://wyomuseum.wyo.gov/familydays. Register for Party Like It’s 1872 at https://bit.ly/3Bix3Xk. Guests can also register by calling 307-630-2573.

The Wyoming State Museum is located in the Barrett Building, 2301 Central Ave. in Cheyenne. 

Please call 307-630-2573 for more information. Follow the museum’s Facebook and Instagram accounts to stay in the know about upcoming events: @wyomingstatemuseum.