Casper Museums & History

Casper Museums & HistoryCasper's history is rustic to say the least. The area was the backdrop for a significant number of pioneers who traveled through in covered wagons in search of a better life for themselves and for their children. The various aspects of that experience, that include artifacts and items used to cook, the trails upon which they traveled as well as the covered wagons themselves are recreated, retraced and highlighted in the many exhibits that can be found in Casper's museums and historical places.

Nicolaysen Art Museum
The Nicolaysen Art Museum's mission is quite simple. The professionals who staff this impressive venue are committed to offering you the opportunity to explore and experience contemporary art through various exhibitions, educational programs and community activities. The museum has presented the work of iconic artists like Andy Warhol, offers various classes and lectures, and even provides a Discovery Center where kids can begin their art appreciation at an early age.

Address: 299 South Beech Street, Casper, WY 82601 - MAP
Phone: (307) 235-5247
Web: www.thenic.org

Fort Caspar Museum
It's not often that a museum possesses the impressive scale and multi-dimensional impact that the Fort Caspar Museum does. This museum defies the conventional concept of a museum as it is a collection of reconstructed buildings on the original location of Platte Bridge Station and Louis Guinard's Platte Bridge. These structures amazingly replicate their original appearance, and in addition to this stunning display, the museum also features various cultural and natural history exhibits of Central Wyoming.

Address: 4001 Fort Caspar Road, Casper, WY 82604 - MAP
Phone: (307) 235-8462
Web: www.casperwy.gov

National Historic Trails Interpretive Center
The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center opened its doors in 2002, and ever since then it has provided visitors with an exceptional experience that combines Wyoming's history with one of its many natural attributes. The state-of-the-art exhibits featured here vividly tell the story of what the early pioneers went through when they traveled on the Oregon, Mormon, California and Pony Express Trails. One of the most popular exhibits is a faux covered wagon that allows visitors to ride across the Platte River which is simulated with the help of movie footage and a strategically placed motor. But the trails upon which all of this history was made are still found outside the museum, and they are clearly marked so that you can actually walk along the same historic paths that the pioneers did as far back as the mid-1800s.

Address: 1501 North Poplar Street, Casper, WY 82602 - MAP
Phone: (307) 261-7700
Web: www.blm.gov

Tate Geological Museum
Dig deeper into what makes Casper such a unique place when you visit the Tate Geological Museum. The facility houses over 3,000 fossil and mineral specimens, and the helpful staff is always ready to answer any questions you may have. The museum frequently hosts various classes from different schools so that they can learn more about the fascinating field of geology. The museum is located on the Casper College campus and prides itself in being an excellent resource to the community.

Address: 125 College Drive, Casper, WY 82601 - MAP
Phone: (307) 268-2447
Web: www.caspercollege.edu

Werner Wildlife Museum
The Werner Wildlife Museum is an excellent source of educational information about the creatures that inhabit this particular area of the country. From visual exhibits to various interactive and informational presentations, this venue offers a great opportunity to gain a wealth of knowledge about the area's creatures. The museum is located just a short walk from the Casper College Campus and features special presentations, exhibits and lectures throughout the year.

Address: 407 East 15th Street, Casper, WY 82601 - MAP
Phone: (307) 235-2108
Web: www.caspercollege.edu