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Wyomingites Embrace Museum-cations This Summer

June 24, 2009

Savery, WY – The summer tradition of loading up the car and taking a trip to explore the countryside and history seems to be alive and well in Wyoming this year. Debbie Allen, curator and director of the Little Snake River Museum in Savery, Wyoming, says she's seeing more visitors than usual.

"We're seeing a lot of guests from the Front Range area that are making these short, overnight trips – that they can leave, maybe, on a Friday night and be home on Sunday."

The Little Snake River Museum has a collection of historic buildings that are of special interest. Allen says her museum is not alone – other small museums are seeing an uptick in visitors. Some of the increased interest may be linked to the pending closure of the Geological Museum at the University of Wyoming, on July 1.

Lesley Wischmann, a board member of the Alliance for Historic Wyoming, says small museums dot the landscape around the state, and are stuffed full of dinosaur skeletons, fossils, Native American historical items, and Wild West artifacts.

"In Thermopolis, there's a museum that has the back bar from the famous Hole in the Wall Saloon where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid hung out. Lusk has one of the original stagecoaches from the Cheyenne-Deadwood Stage Line."

Wyoming's museum collections fit the bill for families looking for something different to do this summer, adds Allen.

"People are wanting to bring their kids to more traditional-type vacations, getting them away from the amusement park-type things. It's a new trend – back to the basics."

Not sure exactly where to roam? A list of museums throughout the state can be found online at

Deb Courson, Public News Service - WY