Hot Springs County Museum & Cultural Center

Hot Springs County Museum & Cultural Center

Hot Springs County Museum & Cultural Center
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Belly up to the original bar where outlaws from the Hole-In-The-Wall gang once sat, including the infamous Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid! Though spirits are no longer served to patrons, it is a great place to sit and imagine the sights, sounds and smells that once surrounded this icon from the past. Walk through an old town setting where you can peer through the doors and windows of an old general store, doctor & dentist offices, a reconstructed jail, a newspaper & print shop, barber shop and much more. Explore one of the largest Indian artifact collections in Wyoming. The museum also houses several prehistoric artifacts and an amazing display of rocks & minerals. This history of Hot Springs County would not be complete without honoring our veterans. We have cases full of artifacts from area soldiers who served in several conflicts over the years. Check out the museum gift shop for some unique gifts & souvenirs!
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pasherry
United States1,021 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
Located in downtown Thermopolis. Admission is $5/adult, $3/senior, children. Veterans and military are free. The artifacts, collections and history in this museum are incredible. You really do learn about the pioneers, outlaws, ranchers, farmers, native Americans, etc that influenced this area of Wyoming. There are two floors (ground and basement) jam packed with exhibits that are nicely done. You can even see the notorious Hole in the Wall Bar where Butch Cassidy and his gang hung out. Across the street are even more buildings and old equipment. Obviously the caretakers/curators really care about this place. There is a small gift shop. You can easily spend 2 hrs here. Worth the visit.
Written August 4, 2020
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Anita S
Conway, AR178 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
We love museums and this one didn’t disappoint. It had lots of history. The whole in the wall bar was amazing. I was surprised at how big the museum was. It was neat and well organized with labels and a bit of history about each piece. Friendly staff as well.
Written August 16, 2020
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Thank for your great review, Anita! Glad you enjoyed our historic bar and the rest of our collections. Thanks for helping to spread the word about our little Hot Springs County gem!
Written March 3, 2021
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Dennis W
Lake Elsinore, CA7 contributions
Sep 2020
great museum, great people, very informative and very well put together..do not miss this..good for children and adults
Written September 8, 2020
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Thank you for the great review, Dennis! We enjoy sharing our county's history with visitors, and reviews like yours will help us attract even more.
Written March 3, 2021
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Karen C
Peterborough, UK1,176 contributions
Oct 2016 • Couples
We just dropped in here and we're so pleased we did. It's only $5 per adult and it's quite incredible how many exhibits there are! Downstairs the exhibits are displayed to show life in various periods and we were very interested in virtually all that we saw. A great museum.
Written October 2, 2016
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Thank you for reviewing us! We're happy you decided to stop in and check us out. We are constantly working hard to live up to our motto, "One Hot Museum"!
Written October 18, 2016
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Mike N
Phoenix20 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
This local history museum surprised us, captivating us until closing time. We were kindly permitted to return the next day to finish.

One thing that I have never seen before nor thought about was the use of oak carved covers that were placed over telegraph line insulators to keep bandits/Indians from breaking the glass conductors. Easy to spend a few hours in this two level museum.
Written September 30, 2015
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wyo_miss
Thermopolis, WY470 contributions
Mar 2015 • Solo
I was a bit disheartened to see a previous review from a lady upset there was a bar in the museum and "what kind of message does this send kids"....

That "bar" is one of a kind. History at its finest. It is THE Hole in the Wall Bar. Yes, the one Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid bellied up to when they traveled the area. If you are any kind of western history buff, you will want to see this beauty. Hand carved cherry wood in pristine condition.

Another historical item included in the museum is a stage coach used to take tourists through Yellowstone Park in its early days. Downstairs is like stepping into a time machine as you wander the boardwalk peeking in the windows of the post office, the dentists office and even the jail.

It covers a plethora of Hot Springs County history through donated items from families in the area. There are dresses and photographs, sports memorabilia and even a display of media items from one of the radio and television stations in the county.

If Native American artifacts are your thing, the downstairs displays of artwork, arrow heads and much more will keep you enthralled.

A definite must see if you're in town!
Written March 24, 2015
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NickWare_England
Ware, England21 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
Dropped into this treat of a museum between lunch and an afternoon appointment. Like many museums we have visited in Wyoming we were bowled over by the love and pride the people working there had in the museum. The showpiece exhibit is the bar from the Hole in the Wall bar but there is much more, including a traditional Wyoming schoolhouse, farm and mining equipment and a carriage from Yellowstone. What started as a half hour time filler turned into a full afternoon of discovery about life in Wyoming.
Written September 1, 2014
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BikeFinger
Providence, RI218 contributions
This is advertised as one of the greatest small museums around, and I have to agree. There is a very wide breadth of artifacts on display, and it gives a good sense of what the old west might have looked like, even felt like. The downstairs is the highlight, there is a simulated bank, dentist, barbershop, doctor office, photographer's studio, and much more. Well worthwhile.
Written July 13, 2010
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Jan G
Bethesda, MD86 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
Give this museum more stars, it is really an incredible collection they have amassed! We dropped in after a local recommended it, and we were blown away by how many great exhibits they had! The Hole in the Wall bar is pretty amazing to see, and my 10yo really enjoyed the "old Thermopolis" town recreation. What a great place to wander around for an afternoon and reflect on the simpler times!!
Written August 15, 2020
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Thanks for your review! We appreciate all the stars we can get! We enjoy sharing our history and look forward sharing it with even more visitors.
Written March 3, 2021
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Danni
12 contributions
Oct 2019
I visited the museum yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The amount of pieces on exhibition and the way they are displayed is an absolute credit to the museum curators.
I was fortunate to have visited the museum alone, and as such I was able to afford myself the time needed to ponder, reflect and imagine what our Native American Indians and early pioneers endured and created in this vast area.
I was particularly drawn to the rough sawn timber dwelling in the basement as I imagined myself housed in a similar building in the bitterly cold Wyoming winters.
Definitely worth taking your imagination back in time, and paying homage to the people who lived this land before us.
Thank you to all the volunteers.
Written October 19, 2019
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Thank you very much for your kind words about the museum! Hopefully next time you are passing through, there will be new displays to look at. Thank you also for your comments about the volunteers. They are an integral part of museum operations. – Mike
Written December 19, 2019
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