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“A Piece of Wyoming History”

Historic Governors' Mansion
Ranked #10 of 48 things to do in Cheyenne
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Built in 1904, this grand Colonial Revival-style mansion was home to 19 of Wyoming's First Families, including the First Female Governor in the United States. Docents will gladly orient you to the home before sending you on a self guided tour of the Mansion. We are happy to welcome you as our guest to Wyoming's First Executive Mansion!
Reviewed May 5, 2014

The original home of the state's governor's, you can visit each room and photos are permitted. Much original furniture remains, and the docent is friendly and knowledgeable. Self-guided tours.

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Reviewed April 29, 2014

The mansion exhibits are unique in that each room represents a different period of time in history, rather than having the entire building restored to one specific time in history. To enter the mansion and take the self-guided tour, you must knock on the door and a staff member will come and unlock it.

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Reviewed March 4, 2014

Awesome look at Wyoming's past and the governors and their families who lived there. Staff is very helpful. Period displays are very educational. One of Cheyenne's highlights.

Thank Robert P
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Wonderful museum with lots of history, nestled away near the hospital - has changing exhibits and events. The current Governor's residence is also available to visit - check the hours and see the beautiful homes that our elected officials have! Doesn't take a lot of time to go through but what wonderful history they both offer. Enjoy!

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Reviewed July 12, 2013

A little off the beaten tourist track but that means you get to see a residential side of Cheyenne not visible from the downtown central area of the city. An hour is plenty of time to see the house and watch a ten-minute video about it--and I take lots of time to read all the descriptions available and take photos when I visit historic buildings such as this.

The house itself is beautiful and has been restored in a very interesting way: Each room represents one of three time periods in which governors and their families inhabited the mansion. After being greeted by an interpreter at the front door--you have to ring a bell to get inside--who gives a short intro to the building and a few of the governors who lived there, you can wander around on your own. There is a brochure that gives details about each room in the house, which really helps situate it in time. The fallout shelter was great! There are some descriptions of artifacts and interesting occasions that occurred there but many of the rooms do not have any explanations available (other than in the brochure). Some rooms are blocked off with ropes but there are many others you can go inside to see. It's also permitted to take photos.

There are four floors and the stairways are narrow and steep. There is no air-conditioning but it wasn't all that hot--just a little stuffy, and fans were running so it was actually fine. The video is a tour of the house and also discusses how it was renovated; it's nice but not crucial to see it. There is no admission fee but donations are accepted.

If you are interested in the history of Cheyenne, or the political history of Wyoming, or just want something quick but interesting to do, a visit to the Historic Governors' Mansion is certainly worthwhile.

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