Fremont County Pioneer Museum

Fremont County Pioneer Museum



About Us

Touring our facility, you will experience some of the most colorful and important eras in western civilization – prehistoric through modern.

Wyoming, Fremont County and especially the Lander Valley, played key roles for many ancient, nomadic peoples, as well as for those courageous individuals who crossed this North American continent under primitive and perilous conditions to settle our nation from coast to coast.

An ancient game trail was next used by Indians, and then – at the turn of the 18th century – was travelled by fur trappers and traders. Their stories of Wyoming’s spectacular beauty, fertile farm lands, favorable climate and bountiful natural resources reached the East. Following the Civil War, many expeditions were organized westward to find the best overland route across the continent.

Scores of routes (also called trails) sprang up: the California Trail, the Mormon Trail and others. The most notable of these, however, was that old game trail – which became known as “The Oregon Trail”. The Great Westward Migration began in 1843 and was down to a trickle by the 1890’s, with the coming of the transcontinental rail road in 1869. The 2,170-mile Oregon Trail carried upwards of 500,000 settlers from Independence, Missouri, through the Lander Valley and South Pass to California, Oregon and Washington.

This all happened as recently as 125 years ago – and feet from where you will be standing when you visit us at the Fremont County Pioneer Museum!


Native American Saddle
Grange Exhibit
Fresh apple cider at the Apple Fest
J.K. Ralston Collection in the Washakie Gallery
American Solar Car Challenge
Codsiogo's Painted Elk Hide
Arapaho Head dress
Looking at an old fashioned "In Box!"
Baldwin's Department Store
Lander's Train Station - All Aboard!
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Our original museum building.
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Admiring art by Frederick Remington
Looking at prehistoric projectile points.
J. K. Moore Trading Post
Sheepherders' Wagon


First Friday
  • Take the kids to any of our Fremont County Museums (Dubois Museum, Pioneer Museum in Lander, Riverton Museum) Friday June 3rd from 9-5pm.
  • Friday Jun 3, 2022
The Snow Chi Minh Trail, The History of I-80
  • Learn about the history of the infamous route across the state we all love to hate. Waggoner teaches at the University of Wyoming and wrote an entertaining book
  • Thursday Jun 16, 2022
Lander Area Petroglyphs
  • The Pioneer Museum will present this Wind River Visitors Council Adventure Trek Series program on June 18th from 1-3pm
  • Saturday Jun 18, 2022
First Friday
  • Take the kids to any of our Fremont County Museums (Dubois Museum, Pioneer Museum in Lander, Riverton Museum) Friday July 1st from 9-5pm.
  • Friday Jul 1, 2022
Historic Lander Houses Trek
  • Join the Pioneer Museum in Lander July 16th at 10am for the “Historic Lander Houses Wind River Visitor Council Trek. Learn the history of some of the historic
  • Saturday Jul 16, 2022
"Tea Party Controversy"
  • Should Esther Hobart Morris be given the name ''mother of woman suffrage'' or is she someone who has received ''more credit than she deserves?''
  • Thursday Jul 21, 2022
McKinney Ranch Adventure Trek
  • Join the Pioneer Museum staff July 23rd at 10 a.m. for ''The McKinney ranch''. Visit this historic ranch that was once the Derby stage station and road ranch.
  • Saturday Jul 23, 2022
Family Name Plates
  • Using a combination of paint, drawing and decoupage participants will create either a wall plaque featuring their family name or a family crest.
  • Saturday Jul 23, 2022