The Wyman Museum was founded by Lou Wyman. The dream started in 1949 in Elk Springs, Colorado. While Lou was filling up a water barrel for his sheep herders, he noticed an abandoned 1932 Lincoln. He paid $15.00 for it and has been collecting ever since.
The museum opened in August of 2006. The Wyman family has gathered an absolutely unique collection from throughout the west and beyond, giving museum guests an experience spanning one hundred years of American life, ingenuity and advancement. We guarantee there will be something you’ve never seen before!
There is a complete Colorado license plate collection. A premier chain saw collection. The chain saws range from 12 pounds to 200 pounds and blades that range from 1 to 5 feet long. This particular collection came from Robert Ouellette from East Long Meadow, Mass. He had a chainsaw repair shop and collected saws for years. He said that these saws might not have much money value but he had to keep them as curiosities. The barn in the back of the museum was brought to the museum property from Lou Wymans ranch.
His father homesteaded near Milk Creek in 1905 and then in the late winter of 1911 skied over to purchase the property along the Williams Fork River where Lou grew up. Lou's father built the barn that is currently at the museum in 1920. Lou's son David brought this barn to the museum property pole by pole and rebuilt it to what you see today. Future plans for this barn will be to house work horses that you can watch as they cut and bale hay.
***Come see our black smith work every Monday through out the summer!! *** Dalton Reed from Clark Colorado is now demonstrating the art, and hard work of a blacksmith every Friday through out the summer months. Call for more information. The black smith shop came from a homestead claimed by Ordway Mellon in Walden Colorado. Mr. and Mrs.Veneta Haworth donated the blacksmith shop to the museum in 2004. They purchased the homestead from Ordway and had ranched on this property for years.
We are nestled in the beautiful Yampa Valley. Come and see part of Colorado and your past. We hope you have enjoyed this small taste of us and what we are about. We hope to see you in the future.
Address: 94350 High way 40
We are just minutes from Craig and fifteen minutes from Hayden.
Look for the big tan building. Our sign at the turn off is 4 miles from Craig. Stop and visit.
Wymans Summer Camp!
New this year
Are you looking for something fun and educational for your kids to do this summer? Sign them up for our Nature Camp!
We have 2 classes available starting June 10th.
For ages 9-13 Every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30a.m. for 7 fun weeks your child will learn about:
June 10th - Water Ecology! Take an adventure to our local pond and wetland ecosystem, learn about wetland plants, animals and fungi.We will discuss animal metamorphosis and collect leopard frog tadpoles, which we will observe throughout our 7 week class!
June 17th- Plants!We will collect and identify local plant species, compare plant diversity, build plant presses to use and take home! We will start plants from seeds and experiment with different enviromental conditions that can affect their growth!
June 24th- Birds of Prey!Today we will observe the diversity of birds on the Museum's property including the resident Osprey. A dissection of owl pellets to understand the life and eating habbits of owls!
July 1st- Mammals and Fish! Today we will study the diversity of mammals and fish found on the museum's property.Today we will have a hands on lab with animal skulls, identify animal tracks and of course feed our hungry resident Elk " Junior" apples and corn!
July 8th- Insects! We will collect and identify insects flying,crawling adn ones we find under rocks!An exciting hands-on lab with termites will demonstrate how insects use chemicals for communication!
July 15th Microscopic Organisms!After learning proper microscope technique and safety we will explore the amazing world of microscopic organisms! We will collect pond water and other fun specimens to observe under the microscope! We will be amazed by insect wings, plants cells and more!
July 22nd- Fun Science! This is our last day exploring together!We will have a fun day practicing the scientific method today with a WACKY and MESSY science experiment! We will turn our mature leopard frogs back to there enviroment after watching them undergo metamorphosis for the past 7 weeks!
For Kids 4-8 We have a Mini summer camp!
June 10th to July 1st
12:30 to 1:30
Your little mini explorer will learn about:
June 10th- Water Ecology!We will explore our local pond and learn about plants, animals, and fungi!We will collect leopard frog tadpoles and watch them change from a tad pole to a frog!
June 17th Plants! Today we will collect plants, learn how to identify plants. Plant some seeds to take home with you and a suprise craft with plants !
June 24th- BUGS AND BIRDS! We will collect and identify bugs that fly, crawl, and hide under rocks. Then we will look at our resident osprey and other local birds.
July 1st- Mammals! We will study the diversity of mammals found on the Museum property.We will learn about animal tracks , furs and and animal skulls.And then we will feed and learn about Junior our resident elk!
Please call and register your child by
Registration for ages:
Look what we have new!
The M47 is an American Tank, the second tank to be named after General George S. Patton, commander of the U.S.third army during World War II and one of the earliest American advocates of tanks in battle!
The M47 was manufactured by Detroit Arsenal Tank Plant, 8576 M47 tanks were produced
It is 48.6 short tons combat ready its 2, the length is 27ft 11in. with a width of 11ft 6.25in..
It took 5 crewman, a commander,gunner, loader, driver and assistant driver.
Another close friend of the Museum is:
Holiday Inn of Craig
Also offering to taking care of you!
Best Western Deer Park Inn & Suites!
Or call and book your stay at: 970-824-9282
When placing your reservations with any of the above lodging please be sure to tell them "Wyman Museum sent you!" The above businesses donate to the Museum when you book a room with them. Thank you and have a great night stay.
Other area museum's
Museum of Northwest Colorado: http://www.museumnwco.org/
Hayden Hertige Center: http://www.yampavalley.info/history0085.asp
Tread Of Pioneers Museum: http://www.treadofpioneers.org/
Tracks And Trails Museum Oak Creek, CO http://yampavalley.info/centers/history_%2526_genealogy/organizations/tracks_and_trails_museum