The Museum at the Bighorns will open for the season on March 1, 2022. Their hours will be Tuesday through Saturday from 1-5 PM. There will be new exhibits and interactives for visitors of all ages to enjoy. “We’ve been working hard during our winter closure to install four new exhibits and five new interactives in the museum,” said Mikayla Larrow, Executive Director. “Even if you visited the museum last year, I hope you come to see everything new.”
“Welcome to the Bighorn National Forest” is the largest of the new in house exhibits. It walks visitors through the history of the tie flume era in the mountains, the foundation of the National Forest, and other parts of the forest’s history. The museum previously had a smaller tie flume exhibit. “By moving the exhibit to a larger space in the museum we were able to share more of the National Forest’s history and expand on the history of the tie flume era,” said Jessica Salzman, Collections Manager. “We were fortunate to work with several community partners to help make this exhibit a reality including the United States Forest Service and the Wyoming Room.” Where the previous exhibit was, the museum installed “The Land”, which covers the history of ranching and agriculture in the Sheridan County area.
Opening their doors also means resuming educational programs like the Tidbit Activity Series and History After Dark lectures. “We’re excited to open to the community, so they can see our new exhibits and programs,” said Larrow. “Our goal is whether it is your first time through our doors, or your one hundredth, you will learn something new about this place we all love.”
Members of the community can visit the museum for $6 with $5 for seniors and $3 for students, veterans, and teenagers. Current museum members and children 12 and under are able to visit for free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
For further information, please visit the museum’s website: museumatthebighorns.org.