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See Wyoming wildlife and western history starting from the 1800’s at

Wind River Heritage Center

1075 S Federal Blvd.
Riverton, WY
Mailing address: PO Box 206, Riverton, WY 82501

Mission Statement:
To preserve and celebrate Western heritage, to chronicle history in the area, and to honor Wyoming wildlife.

We are a non-profit, self-perpetuating organization that aims to entertain and educate visitors of all ages through museums of wax figures, full body animal mounts, trap collections, antique saddles, 1900’s-era farm equipment, a trapper’s cabin, arrowhead collections, and Western artwork. We offer patrons guided tours, films, living history reenactments, symposiums, a history book library, and programs year round.

We offer guided tours, school class field trips, and community events. We would love to see you!

Admission Information:
Our winter hours are 10:00 am-3:00 pm Monday through Saturday.  However, hours do change seasonally. We are happy to host group events.  Please call 307-856-0706 to confirm hours or schedule your event.
Admission is $5 per person or $10 per family. Additional donations of any amount are encouraged. We are not funded by county or state contributions, so any amount helps us keep our doors open for your enjoyment.

 

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Wildlife Museum

Our Wildlife Museum features 62 full body mounts. You will see big game, trophy, fur bearers, game birds, and fish ranging from chipmunks to moose!

Brutus

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Brutus was a problem bear on the east fork of the Wind River. He was estimated to be 14 years old. The Wyoming Game and Fish trapped and euthanized him. It donated his hide to the Wind River Heritage Center and was mounted by the Korell family.

Historical Wax Museum

The Historical Wax Museum features 27 scenes with life-like wax figures of pioneers, Native Americans, trappers, outlaws, cowboys, politicians, and inventors who were influential in our nation’s development.

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Other Attractions

We have many more exhibits pertaining to early Fremont County and Wyoming’s history

IMG_0395Jake Korell Antique Trap Collection

1900’s-Era Farm Equipment

Antique Saddle Collection

Trapper’s Cabin

Arrowhead Collection

Western Artwork

History Book Library

Gift Shop

Korell Family

The Wind River Heritage Museum was the vision of Jake Korell, a local trapper. He was born in 1914 and trapped from age 7 until March 6, 2013, which is the day he died. He was one month shy of 99 years old when he passed. In almost a century, he amassed quite a collection that we are honored to display.

He and his son, Gerald Korell; daughter-in-law, Iva Korell; daughter, Jane Maller; and son-in-law, Scott Maller trapped, hunted, tanned and mounted most of the mounts in the museum. Korell Family

Pictured (L to R): Jake Korell, Martha Korell, Iva Korell, Gerald Korell, Jane Maller, Scott Maller

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