History comes alive at the Pioneer Museum and is even more exciting when the price is FREE (my favorite price). The Pioneer Museum is a huge two-story building located right outside Lander, WY, and shows the history from Indian life to the early 1900s.
We were happily surprised to see how much the Pioneer Museum had to offer. As we walked through the double doors of the museum the first thing we saw were Indian artifacts, bison traps, and headdresses and clothing from around the Wyoming area. The next section showed how the pioneers came west, the challenges they faced, and where many settled. The progress through the years was very interesting as well as some fun stories of those who made a name for themselves. We especially like the very first RV.
Upstairs was city life in late 1800 to 1900s, Different industries, and stories of well know people from Wyoming. We have visited different museum across the state and have learned a little more about Butch Cassidy, old west, gold mining and how women survived the harsh life.
Once outside we noticed a western village that was actually part of another museum but wasn’t open the day we went. It reminded us of the Dubois Museum, the homestead cabins and progress of farm equipment . We walked around what we could and then checked out the indian tents, and read some more historical markers.