Nelson Museum of the West

Nelson Museum of the West, Cheyenne: Address, Phone Number, Nelson Museum of the West Reviews: 4.5/5

Nelson Museum of the West
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ellenbee56
Bechtelsville, PA356 contributions
Sep 2021
We recently spent a day in Cheyenne in order to learn about frontier life in general and WY’s settlement in particular. We visited four museums, including this one, which is located very close to the WY State Museum (see separate review). Free nearby street parking was easy to find. There was a modest admission fee.

We found this museum extremely interesting and informative! Its exhibits cover many aspects of the American West; there are also nice displays of African wildlife. There were three floors of artifacts pertaining to cowboys, Native Americans, mining, hunting, wildlife, outlaws, Eskimos, Mexican pottery & blankets, and more! We enjoyed the various collections of military uniforms and of cowboy hats, boots, spurs, and saddles. On the top floor, there is a video screen with a continuously running short video of Mr. Nelson himself giving some additional information about some of the displays (their excellent “museum guide” brochure does that as well).

This museum was easy to find and enjoyable to visit. We spent almost 90 minutes here (I think we had the place to ourselves); it was time well spent!
Written October 26, 2021
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pasherry
United States919 contributions
Aug 2020 • Friends
Great collection of Western artifacts, art, historical memorabilia, and taxidermy. Admission is $10/adult, discount for seniors, military and children. Mr. Nelson had an eye for interesting things like the silver and gold saddles, a miniature gun collection, Horn furniture, old military uniforms of different eras and huge stuffed animals from all over the world. Three interesting floor of things, elevator is available. Spent an hour here.
Written August 13, 2020
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Paulette T
Bandera, TX32 contributions
Jul 2020 • Friends
Wow. What a treat to see all the amazing displays at the 3 level museum. Each grouping was wonderfully set up and easy to digest. Loved this museum. If you're in Cheyenne. A must see!
Written July 20, 2020
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Carrie C
Golden, CO158 contributions
Aug 2019
The main floor has the military displays which weren't my favorite. The basement and top floor were by far the biggest hit with my son and I. Upstairs has some amazing grizzly and other bears, and the basement has the outlaw and lawman exhibit.
Written August 19, 2019
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Sarah N
Wokingham, UK286 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
We had bought an inclusive ticket for several museums and were glad we hadn't actually paid to come here! There were lots of stuffed animals, some uniforms and a law and order display downstairs. The last bit was interesting, with a sheriff's office and various stories of outlaws but that was about it.
Written July 7, 2019
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Curtis F
Sacramento, CA75 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
Incredible variety of historical art and artifacts. Loads of information on military / cavalry era in the West. Great displays of cowboy era, saddles and other displays including Native American items. Could easily be its own mini-Smithsonian of the West - 3 floors with QR code or voice information for your cell phone. Worth at least 2 hours.
Written July 2, 2019
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jbushman2017
Fresno, CA408 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
This founder of this museum is a collector of western things, has a military background and is a hunter. This museum (which he still actively is involved in) showcases his collections. The museum has very beautiful collection of artifacts and western style things including military uniforms, and lots and lots of animal trophies. My wife and I really enjoyed the artifacts (even the animals which are tactfully displayed) but the captions are not extensive here, so why some thematic statements are offered there is not a lot of narrative detail. You come here to look rather than read. For that reason I see this museum as a great compliment to the State Museum up the street which is more informative. It is also why the name of the museum is a bit of a misnomer. (there are other larger museums that cover the west with more detail which is why I give 4 stars not 5) Kids would like seeing this museum. As someone who has visited lots of museums that discuss the west I really liked this place because it offered little details that added to my knowledge about the bigger subject with its incredibly beautiful artifacts. We spent an hour here and for the small entrance cost, it is hard to argue against a visit.
Written June 23, 2019
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GunnyWilliams
Conroe, TX69 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
Great exhibits, well organized and complete with very good explanations. The people were very knowledgeable and helpful. I could not ask for a better experience. Spend some time here, you will not be disappointed.
Written June 6, 2019
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jhh1947
Anderson, SC12 contributions
Sep 2018
This museum included so many different aspects of life in the western part of US, plus animals from all over the world. The display of small wooden figures in the courtroom and the saloon are amazing.
Written October 2, 2018
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Claire D
Columbus, OH98 contributions
Sep 2018
Bigger than it looks from the outside. Several floors with old west, stories and legends of cowboys, outlaws and lawmen, mannequins wearing military uniforms of different time periods along with saddles. If taxidermy or guns bother you maybe this is not for you. I thought all the exhibits were well done.
Written September 25, 2018
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