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Introduction to Fort Caspar












Tour a reconstructed 1865 military post located at a major river crossing on the Oregon, Mormon Pioneer, California, Pony Express, and transcontinental telegraph trail corridor.

Explore central Wyoming’s regional history museum, featuring exhibits on prehistoric peoples, Plains Indians, ranching, the energy industry, and the City of Casper as well as the western emigrant trails and frontier army.



Mission Statement:  Fort Caspar Museum collects, preserves and exhibits materials related to the history of Fort Caspar, the City of Casper, Natrona County, and central Wyoming.

 
Summer Hours & Admission Fees
May:  Open Daily Museum:   8am - 5pm
Fort Buildings:  8:30am - 4:30pm 
Adults: $3.00 / Teens (13-18): $2 / Kids (0-12): FREE

June 1 to August 31:  Open Daily
Museum:   8am - 6pm
Fort Buildings:  8:30am - 5:30pm 
Adults: $3.00 / Teens (13-18): $2 / Kids (0-12): FREE

September:  Open Daily 
Museum: 
 8am - 5pm
Fort Buildings:  8:30am - 4:30pm 
Adults: $3.00 / Teens (13-18): $2 / Kids (0-12): FREE

Winter Hours & Admission Fees October 1 to April 30:  Tuesdays thru Saturdays
        **Closed Sundays & Mondays**
Museum:  8am - 5pm
Fort Buildings: The buildings are locked for winter, however the fort grounds are accessible 
Adults: $1.50 / Teens (13-18): $1 / Kids (0-12): FREE


"2014 Summer FREE Lecture Series: Impressions on Wyoming"
Seven Wednesday evenings in June and July at 6:30pm

Please join us beginning Wednesday, June 18th, at 6:30pm for our annual FREE summer lecture series.  Open to the public and no reservations are required.    Click HERE for details about each lecture.

June 18           Lecture #1: “How the West was Sung” with Bill Rossiter
June 25           Lecture #2:  “Fletcher Family Captivity Story” with Jeff Broome
July 2              Lecture #3:  “Battle of Little Big Horn” with Monte Henrie
July 9              Lecture #4:  “Mysterious Suicide of Sen. Lester Hunt” with Richard Ewig
July 16            Lecture #5:  “Legend Rock Petroglyphs” with Danny Walker
July 23            Lecture #6:  “Lincoln Highway” with Heyward Schrock
July 30            Lecture #7:  “Reshaw” with Jefferson Glass

There will be NO July Fremont Family Funday

Instead, please join us Saturday, July 26th, from 10:00 to 5:00pm for Caspar Collins Day. (See below)



Caspar Collins Day at the FortSaturday, July 26th, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm--FREE Event

Fort Caspar Museum is reviving a favorite local tradition this summer with Caspar Collins Day at the Fort.  Join us as we commemorate the city of Casper’s namesake on the 149th anniversary of the Battle of Platte Bridge on Saturday, July 26th with living history demonstrations, hands-on activities, and crafts for the kids.  Interact with 19th-century characters including cavalry and infantry soldiers, pioneers, and frontiersmen.  Watch firearm demonstrations and mounted cavalry drills.  Enjoy toys and games popular with children 150 years ago.  Stroll through our vendor mart and purchase crafts and food items.  This event promises something fun for everyone!
Click HERE for a Tentative Schedule of Events.
See you at the Fort!


The Casper USO Show is coming!
Saturday, November 8, 2014
6:00pm-11:00pm at the Nerd Gas Hanger

Join us for Dinner, Dancing, and a Show right out of the 1940s.  We will have performers impersonating Bob Hope, Marilyn Monroe, and the Andrew Sisters!  Dance to music by the Denver-based Hot Tomatoes Swing Band.  Our dinner will replicate the 1944 Thanksgiving Day dinner served at the Casper Army Airbase.

Click HERE for more information and for ticket prices.

This event is brought to you by Fort Caspar Museum, the Wyoming Veterans' Memorial Museum, and Artcore.  It is sponsored in part by Broker One Real Estate, Knife River, Pepsi, and the City of Casper.


Fort Caspar is a Blue Star Museum
For the fifth year in a row, Fort Caspar Museum is a “Blue Star Museum” from Memorial Day, May 26th, to Labor Day, September 1, 2014.  During this time, Fort Caspar Museum offers free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel, including National Guard and Reserve, and their immediate family members (military ID holder and five immediate family members). 

 

This program is a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families during the summer.  Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation's cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move. To find a complete list of participating museums and to learn more about Blue Star Museums and Blue Star Families, visit http://bluestarfam.org/Programs/Blue_Star_Museums

 

 


 

Museum Adventure Quest Camp 2014 - SOLD OUT

July 21 to 25, 8:30am to 3:30pm

Fort Caspar Museum is again one of ten local cultural sites participating in this year's Museum Adventure Quest Camp for kids.  For only $95, kids entering 1st through 3rd grade will enjoy activities at Casper-area museums and cultural sites for 5 days.  Snacks and transportation will be provided, but campers must bring their own lunches.

Register online at the Caspar Museum Consortium's website, www.caspermuseums.org or pay in person at The Science Zone.


TEMPORARY EXHIBIT 

It Takes Weather, Water, & Work: Farming in Wyoming
On view thru August 10, 2014

Fort Caspar Museum has opened a new traveling exhibit from the Wyoming State Museum titled “It Takes Weather, Water, and Work: Farming in Wyoming.” It will remain on view through August 10, 2014.

To be a successful farmer in Wyoming, it takes the right weather conditions, reliable access to water, and a lot of hard work.  Learn about early and modern farming in the state. Topics such as foods harvested by Native Americans, the state's arid climate, the vital role of irrigation, sugar beets as an important crop, and modern farming techniques are addressed through photographs, illustrations, and text.

Harvesting beets in Garland, WY

EXHIBIT FROM MUSEUM'S COLLECTION 

Cabinet of Curiosities
November 23, 2013 thru October 2014

Cabinet of Curiosities draws on the talents of Casper College Museum Studies students and explores Fort Caspar Museum’s own eclectic collection.  This display features little-seen objects from deep in collection storage, selected and researched by the college students and museum staff. Visitors will also learn about the history of  museums in general and of Fort Caspar Museum in particular.


Volunteers Needed!

Are you interested in history?    

We are looking for volunteers to help with the Front Desk and with School Tours.

Do you enjoy working with children?

You can help us by being a docent with School Tours.  A docent is a volunteer who provides interactive learning experiences through tours, lectures, and hands-on activities.   Docents will give one tour (about 90 minutes) a week during the spring session, fall session, or both.

  • Spring: April 15-May 31
  • Fall: September 1– October 15

For more information about the docent program click here, call Erin Rose at 235-8462, or email.




Are you a Junior Ranger at a national or state park?

Then the Junior Army Scout Book is for you!  
For ages 5-12.  Available all year.   FREE activity book with admission.  Earn a certificate and cool temporary tattoo.

Learn about Fort Caspar Museum & Wyoming history with engaging activities. 

  • Connect the Dots
  • Emigrants Move West
  • Man Your Post
  • Home Sweet Home
  • Wyoming Populations
  • What Happened Here?
  • Sutler Store Math
  • Cattle Ranching Crossword
  • I Spy a Sheepwagon
  • Fort Caspar Museum Bingo
  • Stepping Through Time

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Contact

Rick Young
Ft Caspar Museum
4001 Ft. Caspar Rd
Casper, WY 82604

307-235-8462
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