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National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, Casper

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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4.9/5 based on 280+ reviews on the web
The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center is a 11000sqft interpretive center about several of the National Historic Trails, and is located northwest of Casper, Wyoming on Interstate 25. It is operated through a partnership between the Bureau of Land Management, the City of Casper, and the National Historic Trails Center Foundation. The center offers interpretive programs, exhibits, multi-media presentations, and special events.HistoryThe idea for an interpretive center in Casper began with the creation of a small trails committee; eventually this committee became the non-profit, National Historic Trails Center Foundation . In 1992 the Bureau of Land Management joined with the NHTCF to work on the project, committing to pay half of the $10 million estimated cost. The City of Casper donated 10 acres of land for the center's site.In 1994, voters in Casper passed the Optional One Cent Tax, which helped to fund construction of the center's exhibits. The Wyoming State Legislature also passed a bill to help fund the center that same year. By 1997 plans for the center were complete, and a bill, to support construction and operating costs, passed both houses of congress and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton.The groundbreaking for construction took place on June 21, 1999 and the center officially opened August 9, 2002.ExhibitsThe center contains several permanent exhibits, and hosts temporary, traveling, exhibits as well.Permanent Exhibits include: The Oregon TrailThe Mormon Pioneer TrailThe California TrailThe Pony Express Trail An entrance fee is required for admission into the center.
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  • really enjoyed this place. ive been interested in the trails west for a long time, so it was great to learn more and be absorbed in it all. really interesting. I think that the photos don't do it just...  read more »
  • We were looking for something to take up a few hours before heading to our next destination and stumbled on this as we were leaving the hotel. Really interesting and informative. So glad we found it. 
  • Passing thro Casper looking for something interesting to do for an hour or so. We're not disappointed. Could have spent a lot longer. Good amenities. Good parking. Extremely pleasant and helpful staff...  read more »
  • This is a very informative museum with great staff. I have been there a few times and highly recommend it. It makes you think about your ancestors and the struggles they endured along the trails.
  • Just amazing museum. Very well presented and great interaction. I learned a ton.
  • Best presentation of western migration I've visited.
  • Great for history buffs
  • This is a fantastic opportunity to explore the journey that over 400,000 pioneers took across the frontier of the 1800s. Wonderful interpretive devices allow young and old to experience for a moment what it might have been like for those brave souls that set out with dreams for the future. It also depicts the impact that the travelers had on the native peoples that populated the plains and mountains of the West. There is a small charge to enter, but it is worth the time and money to see this exhibit.
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