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The Museum Origination

  • Museum History

The faith, hard work and sacrifice exhibited by pioneers as they trekked across the Western plains demonstrate a distinctly American experience. In the Pioneer 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, farms were planted and history was made.

Although the Cody chapel was completed in the late 1940s and the Historic Cody Mural and Museum 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. They determined, however, that housing it within the Cody Chapel would enhance the experience and understanding of museum visitors.

Opened in September of 1982, the Pioneer Museum is an ideal accompaniment to the Historic Cody Mural and Museum. 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.