ABOUT THE COLLECTION
The Museum is custodian to over 400,000 artifacts, a rich photographic archive, the largest and most diverse collection of Western carriages in the world, and a permanent collection of Western art. Our exhibits capture the drama and romance from the first Frontier Day in 1897 to its present celebration.
We need an open, enhanced space to display the wonderful collection of historic carriages. No other collection in the world more accurately depicts the journey of the early settlers of a region.
These precious vehicles are made of wood and fabric. They are highly susceptible to environmental changes and require a controlled space for their preservation.
Our CFD Hall of Fame is a permanent gallery showcasing those whose distinctive contributions to Cheyenne Frontier Days™ have grown a dream into "The Daddy of 'em All." Whether contestants, contract personnel, entertainers, animal athletes, families, or volunteers, those voted into the Cheyenne Frontier Days™ Hall of Fame represent the wonderful competitive and cooperative spirit that has remained the hallmark of Cheyenne Frontier Days™ since 1897.
CHEYENNE FRONTIER DAYS
The CFD Old West Museum was founded with the goal of preserving the rich history of Cheyenne Frontier Days. With expanded space, we can delve more deeply into the different stories of those who helped turn a dream into the "Daddy of 'em All."
The Museum holds over 400,000 artifacts from the early days of Cheyenne, Cheyenne Frontier Days™, and the urban and rural stories of the Magic City of the Plains. The current building was built in 1948 as a Cheyenne community pavilion and our building features no climate or humidity control and no professional collections storage area. The expansion will help us preserve our artifacts in an appropriate, climate-controlled environment.
WESTERN ART COLLECTION
The Museum's Western art collection captures the drama and romance of the people, wildlife, ranches, mountains, and plains of the old and modern West. The Museum proudly hosts annual nationally-recognized art shows. We celebrate emerging artists with their personal bursts of color and honor traditional western artists as the kickoff to Cheyenne Frontier Days™ in July.
WESTERN EDUCATIONAL CENTER
Our interactive space includes camps and classes where learners of all ages engage with Western culture and activities through education and technologies combined with professional instruction. This full immersion, interactive educational center will include dedicated classroom space to support multi-generational learning activities, camps, and art workshops.