Sheridan County - BHMMC Member INSTITUTIONS

Bozeman Trail Museum

The Brinton Museum

Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site

Sheridan County Museum

Trail End State Historic Site

The Wyoming Room

Other Galleries in Sheridan County

Fulmer Public Library Mezzanine Gallery

Sheridan, Wyoming


A wide variety of local artists and artisans - from photographers and painters to quilters and dollmakers - are featured monthly in the Mezzanine Gallery. 


CONTACT

HOURS

  • Year Round - 9 am to 5 pm daily, Monday through Thursday; 9 am to 5 pm, Friday & Saturday
  • September 1 through May 31 - 1 pm to 5 pm, Sunday

ADMISSION

  • FREE

DIRECTIONS

  • FROM INTERSTATE 90:  Take exit 23 (Fifth Street) from Interstate 90. Head west on Fifth (toward the mountains and town). Continue past the train tracks to the second stop light and turn left on to Val Vista Street. Head south to the first stop sign. At the stop sign, continue to go straight. The library is the first building on the right. 

SAGE Community Arts

Sheridan, Wyoming


With the mission to inspire and build community through the visual arts, SAGE wants people to see art, create art and promote art! They do this through a member’s gallery showcasing the work of local and regional artists, fun and engaging classes and workshops, and an active membership program. SAGE is located on the first floor of the historic Montgomery Building. 


CONTACT


HOURS

  • Tuesday through Friday, 11 am to 5:30 pm
  • Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm

ADMISSION

  • Gallery admission is free
  • Contact SAGE for information on workshop pricing

 

DIRECTIONS

  • FROM INTERSTATE 90: Take exit 23 (Fifth Street); head west towards town on Fifth Street; turn left onto Main Street (at the first traffic light); continue south on Main to the intersection with Brundage; SAGE is located on the right behind Foot of the Bighorns.
  • ​Ample street parking is available.

Sheridan College Martinson Gallery

Sheridan, Wyoming

 

A variety of student and faculty art displays are featured at the Martinson Gallery (located in the administration building), along with exhibits by other artists. 


CONTACT

  • 3059 Coffeen Avenue, Sheridan WY 82801
  • 307-672-6446

HOURS

  • 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday

ADMISSION

  • FREE

DIRECTIONS

  • FROM INTERSTATE 90: Take exit 25 (Coffeen Avenue); head west on Brundage Lane to the second traffic light; turn left (south) onto Coffeen Avenue/Highway 87; college entrance is on the left.
  • Parking is available throughout the campus.

Ucross Foundation Gallery

Ucross, Wyoming


The Ucross Foundation is situated on a 20,000-acre working cattle ranch at the confluence of Piney, Clear and Coal creeks, near the Big Horn Mountains. Located in the historic Big Red Barn, the gallery presents work by contemporary artists and historic exhibits of regional interest. Visitors may also tour the adjacent 1880s ranch house.

 

CONTACT

HOURS

  • September through mid-June - 8 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday
  • Mid-June through August - 8 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday, and 10 am to 4 pm Saturday

ADMISSION

  • FREE

DIRECTIONS:

  • FROM INTERSTATE 90: Take exit 25 (Coffeen Avenue); turn east onto Brundage Lane/Highway 14 (away from town); at junction with Highway 16, turn left and continue east on Highway 14-16 for 1/2 mile; turn right (south) onto Big Red Lane.
  • FROM INTERSTATE 25: Take exit 299 (Buffalo); turn north onto Hart Street/Highway 16 (away from town); continue east; 1/2 mile past the junction with Highway 14, turn right (south) onto Big Red Lane.
  • Gallery entrance and parking are at the end of the lane.

Other Museums in Sheridan County

Don King Museum

Sheridan, Wyoming


The museum houses over three decades of the King family's dedication to collecting Western and cowboy memorabilia from all over the world. In addition to the hundreds of saddles that line the walls, the Don King Museum also showcases perfectly preserved wagons, coaches, Indian artifacts, guns, Western tack and original artwork. Visitors are invited to browse and linger in the museum, located off the Rope Shop behind Kings Saddlery.


CONTACT

ADMISSION

  • FREE

HOURS

  • 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday

Hans Kleiber Museum

Dayton, Wyoming


Maintained and operated by the Town of Dayton, the cabin was the studio of renowned "Artist of the Bighorns" Hans Kleiber (1887-1967). It is furnished with his art supplies, books, press, furniture and personal effects from his days as a forest ranger, as well as original art and etchings. Known for his outdoor scenes, Kleiber was inducted into the Wyoming Outdoor Hall of Fame in 2007 in honor of his contributions to the Wyoming wilderness - as artist and writer as well as forest ranger and conservationist. 


CONTACT

  • Main Street (P. O. Box 100), Dayton WY 82836
  • 307-655-2217 (Town of Dayton)

HOURS

  • Summer months only - 1 pm to 2 pm, Monday through Wednesday
  • Or by appointment

ADMISSION

  • FREE

DIRECTIONS

  • FROM INTERSTATE 90: Take exit 9 (Ranchester); head west towards the mountains on Highway 14; continue through the town of Ranchester to Dayton.
  • Museum and parking are on the left.

Ranchester Museum

Ranchester, Wyoming


Nestled deep in the heart of cattle country, Ranchester is located just nine miles south of the Montana state line and just minutes away from the Bighorn National Forest. The Ranchester Museum explores the fascinating history of the tiny town, so-named by English-born stockman S. H. Hardin, who helped settle the area. 


CONTACT

  • 145 Coffeen Street (P. O. Box 666), Ranchester WY 82839
  • 307-655-2284 (City of Ranchester)

HOURS

  • Contact the City of Ranchester for information on current hours

ADMISSION

  • Contact the City of Ranchester for information on current fees

DIRECTIONS

  • FROM INTERSTATE 90: Take exit 9 (Ranchester); head west on Highway 14 towards town; turn right on Coffeen Street.

Story Centennial Museum

Story, Wyoming


The Story Centennial Museum contains an eclectic collection of items and memorabilia from early-day inhabitants of this small resort community located in the foothills of the Big Horn Mountains.

CONTACT

  • 23 North Piney Road (P. O. Box 256), Story WY 82842
  • 307-683-2452 (ask for Patty)

HOURS

  • June through August - 1 pm to 4 pm, Wednesday and Sunday

ADMISSION

  • FREE

DIRECTIONS

  • FROM INTERSTATE 90: Take exit 33 (Meade Creek); head west (towards the mountains) on Highway 342/Meade Creek Road to the stop sign; turn left onto Highway 193/US 87; after passing the Tunnel Inn, turn right onto Highway 194/Fish Hatchery Road; turn right onto North Piney Road; museum will be on the left (past the library and across from the post office; if you reach the end of the road, you have gone too far).
  • The museum is located behind the Story Woman's Club.

Sheridan County Historic Districts

Fort Mackenzie Historic District

Sheridan, Wyoming


First occupied by troops of the 25th U. S. Infantry, the fort was named for Brigadier General Randall Slidell Mackenzie. It operated from 1899 through 1918, at which point it was abandoned. In 1922, the site was transferred to the Bureau of Health and reopened as a recovery hospital for World War One veterans . Today, the Fort is a state-of-the-art hospital offering both inpatient and outpatient care to military veterans of all ages. Most of the red brick buildings on the grounds were built between 1902 and 1913. 


CONTACT

  • 1898 Fort Road, Sheridan WY 82801
  • 307-672-3473 (Sheridan Veterans Administration Medical Center)

HOURS

  • Sunrise to sunset

ADMISSION

  • FREE (grounds only)
  • Entrance to all buildings is forbidden without prior permission

DIRECTIONS

  • FROM INTERSTATE 90: Take exit 20 (North Main Street); head south towards town; turn right (west) onto Fort Road (ends at the fort).
  • Parking is available in lots located around the fort grounds.

Johnson Street Historic District

Big Horn, Wyoming


Since the the early 1880s, the downtown historic district of Big Horn City, Wyoming Territory, has not changed significantly. Now known as Big Horn, the town's historic buildings continue to be used as gathering places for local ranch workers, polo players, tourists and the surrounding community. The mercantile is still in operation, as is the post office. The International Order of Odd Fellows lodge served the town well until the interior was remodeled to serve as a private residence. 


CONTACT

  • Johnson Street, Big Horn WY 82833
  • 307-673-0282 (ask for Kevin) or 307-674-6363 (ask for Judy)

ADMISSION

  • FREE

DIRECTIONS

  • FROM INTERSTATE 90 HEADING SOUTH: Take exit 25 (Coffeen Avenue); head west (towards town) on Brundage Lane to second traffic light; turn left (south) onto Coffeen Avenue/Highway 87; head south to junction with Highway 335; continue straight on Highway 335 (do not turn right or left at the junction) to Big Horn; turn left onto Johnson Street.
  • FROM INTERSTATE 90 HEADING NORTH: Take exit 33 (Meade Creek); head west on Highway 342; turn right (north) onto Highway 87; proceed to junction with Highway 335; turn left (south); continue on Highway 335 to Big Horn; turn left onto Johnson Street.

Main Street Historic District

Sheridan, Wyoming


Since 1882, Sheridan's Main Street has been the dynamic center of the community, containing businesses, theaters, restaurants, private homes and government buildings. Unlike many communities, Sheridan still embraces Main Street as the town's primary retail district. While most of the original wood-framed, false-front buildings are gone, dozens of sturdy brick and stone structures built between 1900 and 1930 still line the street. The area was enrolled in the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. 


CONTACT

  • Sheridan WY 82801
  • 307-672-8881 (Downtown Sheridan Association)

ADMISSION

  • FREE

DIRECTIONS

  • FROM INTERSTATE 90: Take exit 23 (Fifth Street); head west towards town on Fifth Street; turn left onto Main Street (at the first traffic light); the historic site begins at the Little Goose Bridge and continues south past the Sheridan County Courthouse.
  • ​Ample street parking is available.

Railroad Historic District

Sheridan, Wyoming

 

Sheridan's Railroad Historic District is associated with the social, commercial and industrial activities that contributed to the early development of Sheridan. The District retains many of the original buildings dating back to the early railroad era, including two depots (1892 and 1909), the historic Sheridan Inn, Rotary Park and its steam locomotive, as well as 100 more historic structures comprised of railroader housing and commercial establishments.


ADMISSION

  • FREE

DIRECTIONS

  • FROM INTERSTATE 90: Take exit 23 (Fifth Street); head west on Fifth Street (towards town); turn left on Broadway (just past the railroad crossing).
  • The historic district continues for several blocks south and west of this intersection.

Other Sheridan County Historic Sites

Connor Battlefield State Historic Site

Ranchester, Wyoming


In the summer of 1865, this area was occupied by an Arapaho village filled with 500 men, women and children. When attacked by U. S. Army troops under the command of General Patrick E. Connor, the Arapaho warriors fought back ferociously in order to protect their families. The skirmish is known as the Battle of the Tongue River. No physical evidence of the battle remains, but a visit to this National Register of Historic Places site shows why Native peoples fought so hard to protect their lands.


CONTACT

  • 307-684-7629 (Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site)

ADMISSION

  • FREE for day use
  • Contact Fort Phil Kearny for information on current camping rates

DIRECTIONS: 

  • FROM INTERSTATE 90: Take exit 9 (Ranchester); head west on Highway 14 (towards town); turn left onto Gillette Street (becomes Wolf Creek Road); entrance is on the left just past the Tongue River bridge.

Historic Sheridan Inn

Sheridan, Wyoming


At the corner of Fifth and Broadway sits a National Historic Landmark called the Sheridan Inn. With its impressive 69 gabled windows, broad wrap-around veranda, support pillars and expansive lawn, one immediately steps back in time to 1893, the year the Burlington Missouri Railroad built the imposing structure. Once owned in part by William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody, the Inn was the site of many Sheridan firsts: electric lights, steam heat, bathtubs, telephones, running water. 


CONTACT

HOURS

  • Please contact the Inn for information on current hours

ADMISSION

  • Please contact the Inn for information on current admission fees

DIRECTIONS

  • FROM INTERSTATE 90: Take exit 23 (Fifth Street); head west on Fifth Street (towards town); turn left on Broadway (just past the railroad crossing).​

Little Blue Schoolhouse

Ranchester, Wyoming


The Owen School - better known as the Little Blue Schoolhouse - was originally painted white, but became blue one year when the men who went into Ranchester to buy new white paint spent part of their money at the saloon and had to settle for cheaper, bluer paint instead. The Owen School was restored and moved to Tongue River Elementary School property in 1990, where it serves as a hands-on education center for TRE students, and as a reminder of what rural schools of days gone by were all about.


CONTACT

  • 124 Dayton Street (P. O. Box 849), Ranchester WY 82839
  • 307-655-2206 (Tongue River Elementary School)

HOURS

  • Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 4 pm
  • Or by appointment

ADMISSION

  • FREE

DIRECTIONS

  • FROM INTERSTATE 90: Take exit 9 (Ranchester); head west on Highway 14 towards town; Tongue River Elementary is at the bottom of the railroad overpass, to the left.
  • School and parking are nearby.

Mandel Cabin

Sheridan, Wyoming


The restored Mandel Cabin, built from the logs of one of the Sheridan area's earliest structures, makes its home in Whitney Commons Park (Edward A. Whitney, for whom the park is named, established Sheridan’s first bank in the building). Cared for by Whitney Benefits and members of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America, the cabin was originally built by George Mandel in 1880. He sold it to Sheridan founder John D. Loucks in 1882, who used it as a post office, bank, school and home. 


CONTACT

  • Whitney Commons (P. O. Box 5085), Sheridan WY 82801
  • 307-674-7303 (Whitney Benefits)

HOURS

  • Sunrise to sunset

ADMISSION

  • FREE

DIRECTIONS

  • FROM INTERSTATE 90: Take exit 23 (Fifth Street); head west on Fifth Street (towards town); turn left onto Main Street (first stoplight); turn right (west) on Alger Street; proceed to next block; Whitney Commons will be on the left.
  • Parking is available nearby on Alger, Smith and Jefferson Streets.