Throughout the nineteenth century as Americans pushed west toward the Pacific, they were fascinated by westward expansion in North America. Printed imagery—lithographs and engravings—played an important role in the dissemination of knowledge and understanding about the West and its inhabitants. Now visitors to the Museum’s new exhibition, Imprinting the West: Manifest Destiny, Real and Imagined, on display until October 20th, will see 48 hand-colored engravings and lithographs that explore these depictions and the influence the artists had on the perception of the wild west.

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Art Uncork’d

November 11th 6:00 pm-8:30 pm

This will be our last Art Uncork’d for the year, don’t miss out! This class will be a silk painting on a scarf. Come have fun just for yourself or get a jump on a handmade gift for the Holidays.

The artist leading the class is local fiber artist Phillippa Lack.
About Phil: “As an artist, I am influenced by my multi-ethnic ancestry and drawn to bright, vivid colors. I think art should give respite to the eyes and create an environment of peace in the soul. I paint with a “what if” attitude, and my compositions sometimes take on a life of their own.
Once I’ve touched the brush to the silk, I’m committed. There is no changing my mind, no backtracking. Brush, dye, silk, the path is unforgiving. This immediacy allows me to flow with the moment, to be completely present. An apparent error becomes a different choice, a different commitment, a different path. And an initial vision, which at first seemed to be mine, becomes its own mistress. “Experiment and Grow” is my mantra!”

No art experience is needed, just come, try something new and have fun!

Cost is $30 per person for Museum members and $35 for non-members. The fee includes all your materials, appetizers, wine & beer.

Seating is limited, RSVP to reserve your spot, megan.hesser@oldwestmuseum.org
or call 778-7289


Celebrate the Spirit of the American West!

The history of the world’s largest outdoor rodeo & western celebration comes alive at the CFD Old West Museum. A premier cultural & historical center offering  year-round programming, exhibits & activities that celebrate the heritage & pioneer spirit of the American West. The Museum features some of the most intriguing western artifacts in the region including one of the most extensive collections of carriages west of the Mississippi. Transport yourselves through the great adventure of the “World’s Largest Outdoor Rodeo and Celebration” with a visit to our exhibit – Cheyenne Frontier Days: A Frontier Phoenix.  The exhibit captures the drama and the romance of the very first rodeo in 1897 unveiling how CFD has grown and changed over the years. The Museum’s galleries have interactive exhibits, artifacts and displays that showcase how CFD has persevered through adversity due to the dedication of many passionate individuals. Trace the history of the rodeo from 1897 into the Daddy of em’ all, discovering the characters that bring this history to life including wild bucking stock, steadfast volunteers, early pioneer families, and don’t forget the cowboys and cowgirls. A variety of cultural programs throughout the year also allow visitors of all ages to step back in time and experience Cheyenne’s history. Let the kids explore the interactive children’s gallery and visit the museum store for western gifts and rodeo souvenirs.  For an hour or two, travel back in time and relive the western legend.




Legacy Brick Project
Become a historic part of the CFD Old West Museum! A personalized brick is the perfect gift for any Western History fan. Reserve an engraved brick for yourself, family and friends. Pay tribute to your favorite contestant or volunteer, honor a loved one or make your mark by leaving your own personal message on a brick prominently displayed at the front entrance to the CFD Old West Museum.This new brick landscape project is creating an area where Museum friends and family can place their mark on history – a place visitors can go and reflect. Construction began this spring by Harold F. Johnson Masonry and is expected to be completed by Frontier Days. The bronze statue fountain “Wishful thinking” by Shalah Perkins will go back in as the center piece of the new brick garden. While over 60 bricks have already been sold, we will be placing brick orders periodically throughout the year. Your name and personal message can be etched and preserved into a legacy brick! Contributions raised through the Museum’s Legacy Brick Project will go towards supporting Museum operations in the areas of education, exhibits and collections. Single 4 x 8 Bricks with 3 lines of 16 characters each can be purchased for $100 (A Tax Deductible amount of $50). Duplicate Bricks available for $50 as a personal keepsake. Double 8” x 8” bricks with 6 lines of 16 characters each can be purchased for $200 (A Tax Deductible amount of $100). Duplicate Bricks available for $100 as a personal keepsake. Please call us at (307) 778-7290 .