We are located at 700 Broadway St. in Thermopolis, WY. Click here to find us.
The Museum Complex consists of two full floors of exhibits in the main Museum building, and five additional structures on the Museum grounds. The annex is open whenever the walkways are clear and dry.
The mission of the Hot Springs County Museum and Cultural Center is to serve as an educational resource for teaching and researching the history of Hot Springs County; to collect, preserve and exhibit artifacts that tell and interpret the stories of the region's people; and to provide cultural activities that enrich the experiences of community and visitors.
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Hours of Operation:
May - September: Monday-Saturday 9AM-5PM
October - April: Tuesday-Saturday 9AM-4PM
Adults (18-59): $5.00
Seniors (60+): $3.00
Children (6-17): $3.00
Preschoolers (0-5): Free
County Residents: $1.00
Veterans or Active Duty: Free
We have a large variety of books, gifts, and souvenirs. Many of our products come from right here in Wyoming including soaps and lotions made from goat's milk, plus jewelry, keychains, postcards and magnets.
The building at 700 Broadway is constructed and opens for business as the Ford Garage. Over the years it goes through incarnations as a Coca Cola bottling plant (early 1930s to mid 1960s), a bowling alley (in the lower floor of the Coca Cola building), and the Technical College of the Rockies (mid 1960s to 1976), before it finally becomes the home of the Hot Springs County Museum.
Dora McGrath and other early settlers form the Hot Springs County Pioneer Association, to preserve the history of Thermopolis and Hot Springs County. Mrs. McGrath, the widow of one of the first Thermopolis businessmen, is elected in 1931 as the first woman to serve in the Wyoming State Senate. Another early Pioneer Association member is Virginia Bridger Hahn, daughter of famed mountain man Jim Bridger.
Work begins to build a Pioneer Association Museum. Land on Spring View Avenue is leased from the town of Thermopolis. The museum is built by Pioneer Association members, other volunteers from the community, and employees of the Works Progress Administration (a Depression-era project to provide employment for young men out of work).
Grand Opening of the Pioneer Association Museum. The Museum is operated entirely by volunteers.
A small living quarters is built on the back of the Museum building and a caretaker is hired.
Lack of funding threatens the Museum's continued existence, and the Pioneer Association asks the Commissioners of Hot Springs County to take over Museum operations. The Pioneer Association Museum becomes the Hot Springs County Museum.
A fire beginning in the caretaker's quarters severely damages the Museum building and artifacts. Repairs are made and the Museum re-opens, but it becomes obvious that a new building will soon be needed.
The Museum location is chosen as the site of a new elementary school, and the search for a new Museum building begins.
The Hot Springs County Commissioners decide to open a Community Center which will house the Museum as well as providing space for performances, meetings and art shows. The Commissioners purchase the Ford Garage building at 700 Broadway, and the Museum collection is moved.
Alterations are done at 700 Broadway. With room to expand, donations increase and the Museum's collection doubles in size.
The Pioneer Association purchases the cherrywood bar from Tom Skinner's Hole-in-the-Wall Saloon and moves it to the new Museum location.
Grand Opening of the new Hot Springs County Museum and Cultural Center, with a board appointed by the County Commissioners, and a professional staff.
Four lots across the street from the Museum building are purchased for Museum expansion. The one-room Middleton Schoolhouse is acquired from the School District and moved to the Museum complex.
Buildings to hold exhibits on area agriculture and the petroleum industry are constructed and opened to the public.
The Burlington Northern Railroad donates a caboose, which is placed in the Museum complex complete with a section of tracks.
A one-room cottage, the last of the "Poverty Flats" houses on Amoretti Street, is donated and moved to the Museum complex.
We are always looking for volunteers who LOVE history and are willing to help us in any way to make the museum a better place. Whether you like to paint, catalog, clean, greet people, set up exhibits, we've got a place for you!
Contact us for more information.Monetary donations are also welcome.
If you have any questions or need more information, please contact us!
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