Local museums are often hidden gems that provide a unique perspective for both visitors and residents. The Riverton Museum has undergone some exciting changes spurred on by the museum’s new Site Manager, Nathaniel Griffee.
Included with other updates and renovations, the building’s stained glass windows will be moving to the Methodist Church. The Riverton Museum was built in 1916 as a Methodist Church. In 1960, when the new local church was built, the Riverton Museum Committee purchased the old church and converted it into a museum. The stained glass moving back to the church opens up opportunities for the museum.
“We’ll use the space for more historical pictures, photos…events in Riverton’s history,” Griffee said.
The Riverton Museum is home to many artifacts that have a direct association with Riverton history, as well as the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes of the nearby Wind River Reservation. The museum hosts events such as First Fridays, historic walking tours, and the J.B. Oakie Manor tour, and will continue to expand its offerings.
“This year we’re going to be having at least six different public speakers, six different treks, and six Children’s Exploration events,” Griffee said.
For up-to-date information about the museum’s events, follow their Facebook page. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
The Riverton Museum is one of many significant educational attractions in the area. The Wind River Heritage Center, the Central Wyoming Center for Art, Technology & Science, and other Fremont County Museums, are all excellent destinations.
Perhaps you’re in the area for the Boysen Ice Races, the Boysen Ice Fishing Derby, the Lander Art Center’s newest exhibition, or one of the many area events. Visiting at the Riverton Museum is the perfect way to add a cultural stop to your journey.
Photo credit: Carol Harper