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History / About Us

We are.............., a Museum, an Emporium, Kindred Spirits & Friendship. A History of the Past & History in the Making. We are a grass-roots organization dedicated to the History & Legends of Pioneering Western Women!

We are an organization that is dedicated to preserving the heritage and the very important role that women played in the taming and settling of the wild, rough & tumble West.

The organization was founded in 1995 by women who not only wanted to keep the Western Spirit alive, but also to honor strong women of the past and present who have made amazing contributions to western culture and history.  The settling of the American West has often been romanticized in print and in the video media, where the lives of women have sometimes been depicted as easy, carefree, and glamorous: Nothing is further from the truth!!

Our  pioneering women worked very hard and right alongside men to make the American West the one that we know today.  The purpose of The Cowgirls of the West is to tell and preserve their remarkable and historical stories.

We do this in a number of ways...Our goal from the beginning was to have a museum to house the many items of Cowgirl History that have been donated or put on loan with us.  In 2001, the Cowgirls of the West Museum & Gift Shop opened in downtown Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Here you will find a diverse collection of western and historical memorabilia, along with Cowgirl member volunteers to answer questions and help tell the story of the daring, and challenging spirit of the soft souls of women who helped shape the American West.

We invite you to come in and learn about notable women from the local Cheyenne area as well as other regions and states, who have made their mark on the American West. The Museum features a collection of artifacts and antiques, western saddles & tack, clothing, and memorabilia that take you back in time to learn about what life was like for women from early pioneer and ranching homesteads, and including the daring women of the earlier rodeo and trick riding era.

Cowgirl members work on collecting and preserving authentic western memorabilia for display in our museum.

We tell the Stories!

We tell these remarkable and historical stories through our museum and our On-and-Off site Educational Programs.

September to June, the Cowgirls host monthly luncheons that feature a variety of guest speakers who present enlightening and educational western programs.  These events are open to the public, as most of our diverse programs are. The monthly luncheon programs are held on the second Monday of each month at the Little America Hotel in Cheyenne. Guest speakers are announced in the media, and if you would like to attend a luncheon, please call 307-638-4994 to find out more about upcoming programs, or to make reservations. Reservations are needed.

Our members take an active part in a wide variety of community affairs and events throughout the year by serving as hosts at a number of western events. We also offer speaking programs and invite organizations and school classes to visit the Museum for special tours or programs.

Tours can be arranged for adult groups as well as school groups of children and young adults.

The Cowgirls of the West Museum is Free Admission.

The Cowgirls of the West is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization. We are volunteer – run.

Accepting Museum Acquisitions & Artifacts

If you have items that may be appropriate for our museum, and are interested in either donating or placing on loan, please contact us.

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The Cowgirls of the West
Museum & Emporium

203 & 205 West 17th Street
Cheyenne, Wyoming, 82001

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 525
Cheyenne, Wyoming, 82003




A documentary film produced by Shirley Morris, highlighting the truths, myths & legends of the Golden Age of the Rodeo Cowgirl. Available for free viewing in our Theatre, inside the Museum.


Tuesday- Friday, 11 a.m.- 4p.m.
Saturday, 11 a.m.- 3p.m.
Extended days & hours during Cheyenne Frontier Days™

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