The Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum is charged with an immense responsibility. As stewards of the Western American legacy, we have thousands of incredible stories to tell. We do this through the artifacts we house, beginning with when the Union Pacific Railroad laid its west-bound railroad tracks in Cheyenne in 1867. We portray the accounts of the courageous people that settled the American West in our prized collection of historic carriages. These precious conveyances of yesteryear, entrusted to our custody, are the pieces of living art through which that fascinating and distinct story comes to life.
The Museum’s permanent collection of fine Western art illustrates the beauty as well as the trials of Western life. This collection includes depictions of the modern rural West as well as the pioneers’ journeys and includes inspiring reflections of Native Americans’ reverence for the plains. We tell all these stories within the rich history of Cheyenne Frontier Days, an event that from its very beginning in 1897 to the present day, celebrates the western lifestyle and frontier spirit.
As we move forward to cultivate and preserve the Western legacy and Cheyenne Frontier Days history, we realize our vision will require major changes to our facility. Our collection is exponentially growing; however, storage and gallery spaces have not expanded to keep up with that growth. Most people don’t realize that nearly 98% of our art, artifacts and historical documents cannot be shared with the public, simply because the current space cannot accommodate them.