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Cheyenne Area Museums

Cheyenne Depot Museum

Cheyenne, Wyoming is a railroad town. It can trace its origins to the transcontinental railroad and has grown with the railroad ever since. The Cheyenne Depot Museum is working to capture this precious history from those that lived it. Our museum is based on three main themes:

1.the establishment of Cheyenne;

2.the role of Cheyenne and its people in the operation of the Union Pacific Railroad;

3.the history of the greatest remaining tangible evidence of this connection,

the Union Pacific Depot building itself – now a National Historic Landmark.

Nelson Museum of the West

Featuring western history exhibits, western art, and artifacts of the wild west and American west.

Historic Governors' Mansion

Construction of the mansion began in the spring of 1904 and was completed that fall. The solid sandstone columns of the portico were quarried locally in four sections and then placed one on top of the other. The top half of the columns are fluted. The Corinthian style capitals were carved on site.

The final cost of the two and one-half story house with full basement and separate carriage house was $33,253.39. This figure included the cost of the lot ($3,000), the landscaping ($2,036), and all the original furnishings. The house was modern in most respects because it had central plumbing, hot water heat and combination gas and electrical fixtures throughout. From 1905 to 1976, the Mansion was the residence of 19 Wyoming First Families.

Historic Governors' Mansion State Historic site is located at 300 E. 21st Street, Cheyenne, Wyoming. The Historic Governors' Mansion is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed during the noon hour of the winter months, September to May and Closed on Sundays, Mondays and holidays.

Cheyenne Botanic Gardens

Go and see first-hand how people have come together in this small city under extreme weather conditions to perpetuate the values of community, beauty and sustainability.

Cheyenne Botanic Gardens is free to the public (donations gladly accepted!). The outside Gardens are open 365 days a year during daylight hours. The Solar Heated and Solar Powered Conservatory hours are weekdays 8:00-4:30, weekends 11:00-3:30. Closed on some holidays. Bring a camera, picnic, sketchpad, binoculars, friends and family. Attend an event such as a concert or a play—or rent a space for your own event!

Audio Tours Debut in Cheyenne Area Museums

Cheyenne museum patrons can now enjoy free audio tours on their personal cell phones in seven Cheyenne museums. The audio tours describe individual museum exhibits, enhancing the museum experience with additional depth and information. Tours are available at the Cheyenne Depot Museum, Nelson Museum of the West, Historic Governors' Mansion, Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, Wyoming State Museum, and F.E. Warren Air Force Base Museum.

Visitors access the tours by calling a phone number and entering an identifying number for those exhibits for which they want more information. In this way, the tour is totally in control of the user: he obtains information only for the exhibits he is interested in. The tours themselves are free, although some users may accrue charges based upon their particular cell phone plan

Residence of Wyoming Governors from 1905-1976
Residence of Wyoming Governors from 1905-1976

This artistic carved bench is in Cheyenne's Botanic Gardens in Lions Park.
This artistic carved bench is in Cheyenne's Botanic Gardens in Lions Park.



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