Welcome to the Museum of the American West, the only institution to celebrate the different groups of people who utilized the critical geography of what is now central Wyoming to shape the American West. The pioneers and their descendants; the Eastern Shoshone; the Northern Arapaho; and other diverse cultures have inhabited for generations the valleys of the Sweetwater and Wind rivers, beneath the jagged peaks of the Wind River Mountains and the Great South Pass.
Come join us on an adventure: there are Ranchers, Rustlers, and Range wars; Outlaws and Lawmen; Cowboys and Indians. Don’t be surprised by the bugle of the 9th Cavalry or watch Wyoming’s first oil well come in as a gusher! Come back into town and take a stroll down Main Street and say, “howdy” to the new school marm.
Explore local geology, flora and fauna, ranching, agriculture, recreation and more through a variety of hands-on, child friendly exhibits! The Lander Children’s Museum provides experiences that encourage us to interact with our surrounding resources through the unique opportunities found in this beautiful and bountiful area.
Is a tribute to the historic One Shot Antelope Hunt. The museum contains memorabilia from famous people who have participated, firearms, photos and antelope mounts. The Museum also houses Water for Wildlife, the conservation organization that benefits from the hunt.
If you are looking to discover more about Sacajawea, Fremont County is the place to find it. One of the most famous women in American history, she has been honored with more statues, monuments and landmarks than any other woman in the United States. Sacajawea joined the Lewis and Clark Expedition in North Dakota at Fort Mandan. According to Shoshone oral history, she eventually returned to her Shoshone people in Fort Washakie to live with her son, Jean Baptise, and her nephew and adopted son, Bazil. Sacajawea died April 9, 1884 and was buried by the Indian missionary Reverend John Roberts. The cemetery is located near Fort Washakie, 15 miles north of Lander on the Wind River Indian Reservation.