Carbon County Museum

History, legend and lore can be found in every corner of Carbon County.

The Carbon County Museum, open year round, tells the stories of the region and its communities. It interprets the history of the region, including the vast Native American influence, the coming of the railroad, the outlaws of the Old West, and the ranchers who continue to work the area.

It also houses the only Thomas Edison exhibit in the state to commemorate the inventor’s visit to the county in 1878. Many of the artifacts on display are on loan from the Charles Edison Fund in Newark, New Jersey. Explore the life and innovations of one of America’s most famous inventors. Learn the Morse code during your visit, then try out our telegraph key. And don’t forget to ask staff for a demonstration of a 1913 Edison phonograph.

The museum has rolled out three brand new permanent exhibits in the past years, covering Native Americans, mountain men, early pioneers and the impact of the Union Pacific Railroad. The museum debuted its Discovery Zone in 2013, a hands-on learning environment for children. In the summer, children can visit the museum for a variety of Discovery Corner craft activities. The museum also puts on community events such as outdoor movies and the annual High Plains Powwow.

The Carbon County Museum is located at 904 West Walnut Street in Rawlins, WY 82301. You can also contact the museum by calling (307) 328-2740. You can check them out online at: http://www.carboncountymuseum.org

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