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The Museum Origination

  • Museum History

The faith, hard work, and sacrifice exhibited by pioneers as they made their trek across the western plains demonstrate a distinctly American experience. In the Museum, located within the Cody LDS chapel, visitors have the opportunity to envision what life was like at the turn of the last century as communities were built, homesteads established, crops planted, and history was made. Although the Cody chapel was completed in the late 1940s and the mural was completed in the early 1950s, it was not until 30 years later that the adjoining museum was created.  Originally, local church leaders considered constructing a separate building for the museum. However, it was determined that housing the museum within the Cody chapel building would enhance the experience of the visitors.

Opened in September 1982, the museum was an ideal accompaniment to the Mural. It provides additional insight into the day-to-day struggles and joys of the Mormon pioneers, as well as their remarkable accomplishments as they settled the Big Horn Basin of Wyoming.