Get out of the house! Wyoming State Museum

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  • By Senior Airman Dan Gage
  • 90th Missile Wing Public Affairs
Being in the military, or part of a military family, often means being stationed in unfamiliar locations.

For many members of the Mighty Ninety, being assigned to F. E. Warren Air Force Base may mean living in an area very different from the place they call home.

Cheyenne has a unique heritage and history, which makes it unlike most other places, a background anybody can learn about for free at the Wyoming State Museum.

Located at 2301 Central Ave. in downtown Cheyenne, the museum is free to the public and open Monday through Saturday year-round.

In the summer months, May through October, doors are open between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

While the hours remain unchanged year-round Monday through Friday, between November and April, Saturday hours are between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The two-story museum offers a close look at many aspects of Wyoming's background, which make it a unique place to live.

Permanent exhibits display the state's background in regards to wildlife, native inhabitants, early settlers' lives and the interaction between them.
Wyoming's earliest history is also available for viewing with information on dinosaur, plant and fish fossils in the "Rex in Pieces" display.

Visitors may also learn about those who made Wyoming what it is today by viewing exhibits on cowboys, coal miners and other industries that have prospered in the cowboy state.

For children, a "Hands-on-History" room is also available featuring touchable reproductions of artifacts, a chuck wagon, tipi and more.
Admission is free, and audio tours of many of the exhibits are available through use of a cellular-phone.

While many of the exhibits are permanent, the museum also features a regularly rotating schedule of traveling exhibit, meaning there is always something new to see.

The Wyoming State Museum also offers an evening lecture series for adults and history programs for elementary-age children.

For more information on the Wyoming State Museum please call 777-7021.