Museum Of The Mountain Man
- Date Visited: June 17, 2021
- Address: 700 E, Hennick St, Pinedale, WY 82941
- Phone: (307) 367-4101
- Hours: Summer Hours: (May 1 – October 31) Daily 9 AM-5 PM Winter Hours: (November 1 – April 30) by advance appointment
- Price: $10 Adults-$8 Senior Citizens-Children Free (0-12 years old)
Located in Pinedale, Wyoming the Museum of the Mountain Man opened in 1990. The museum offers a unique look at the history of the mountain men who explored and settled the surrounding region in the early 19th century. It also excels at preserving and interpreting the history of the Rocky Mountain fur trade that was vital to these men.
In addition to incredible exhibits, the museum offers educational programs throughout the summer. These include presentations and hands-on demonstrations that explore the history of the mountain man and Plains Indian culture. Each year in May the Living History Day event is held. Hundreds of school children journey to the Museum to see demonstrations and hear lectures from members of the American Mountain Men.
Every year during the 2nd full weekend in July the Green River Rendezvous Days festival is held in town. This event celebrates the early Mountain Man history of the area. During the festival the museum hosts speakers, tours and demonstrations by the American Mountain Men.
The Museum’s permanent collection showcases a lot of unique items. On display is a 40 caliber half-stock rifle engraved to famous mountain man Jim Bridger in 1853.
A life-size diorama of the grizzly attack of Mountain Man Hugh Glass has a prominent position in the museum. If the name sounds familiar the Hollywood film, The Revenant, is based on his story.
One very cool item in their collection is a 34 inch Shoshone sheephorn bow. It is one of the oldest authenticated bows in existence and dates back to 1690 – 1730.
A full-scale replica of Chief American Horse’s tipi stands in the museum’s main exhibit gallery. It is one of only two buffalo-hide tipis in existence today on display in a museum.
If your a gun enthusiast the Vernon and Virginia Delgado Winchester Commemorative Collection contains over 100 commemorative repeating rifles as well as shotguns, revolvers, and pistols.
This is only a tiny sampling of what can be found at this small, local museum. Dioramas on the fur trade and local wildlife are on exhibit as well. Paintings line the walls and incredible bronze statues are scattered throughout. Interesting items can be found in every corner of the museum. They even have a little scavenger hunt for the kids to get them more involved.
In the basement exhibits focus on the local history of Sublette County and the Western Wyoming Settlement. Learn how pioneers settled and lived on the land after the era of the Rocky Mountain fur trade. There is also a small kids corner located in the basement for the kids to explore.
We didn’t know what to expect before visiting this museum, but are really glad we did. We find little museums like this in small towns we travel to all the time and have yet to be disappointed. The Museum of the Mountain Man is a unique stop you don’t want to miss.