The Casper Museum Consortium is a non-profit corporation made up of nine museums and museum-like sites in Casper:

 

Casper Planetarium

Fort Caspar Museum

Historic Bishop Home

National Historic Trails Interpretive Center

Nicolaysen Art Museum & Discovery Center

Tate Geological Museum

The Science Zone

Werner Wildlife Museum

Wyoming Veterans Memorial Museum

 

The Consortium came together in 1998 as a joint venture between the City of Casper and the Natrona County School District with the common goal of marketing the top-notch facilities we have in Casper to both in and out of town visitors. We have grown into a relevant and useful organization in this community.

 

Our Mission: Working together to promote cultural experiences in Wyoming.

 

Our Vision: Individually and collectively championing exemplary learning and entertainment opportunities in the community through collaborating, capacity building, promoting variety, enriching programming, and marketing.

 

Our governing Board consists of Directors from each of the museums, plus four Community Advisors. The Marketing Coordinator is the only part-time employee of the Consortium.

 

Major projects for the Consortium include the annual “Passport to Adventure Hunt,” where people are invited to visit 6 of the 12 museums in the area, answer a question and get their Passport booklet stamped at each museum, then turn in their stamped answer sheet by August 31. Then they are eligible to win one of eight Grand Prize Packages, which feature all the best amenities in the Casper area.

 

Other projects and publications include our quarterly newsletter for students, “Museum Magic,” weekly appearances on the Brian Scott Morning Show on KTWO Radio, and museums tours for a selected groups of people. Twice per year we host guided VIP tours on "Date Night," where attendees visit four museums during the evening, with catered food, fun cocktails, and transportation provided.

 

The museums work year round to create wonderful educational programs for children. Education Curators and their staff develop classes, exhibits, and special activities for children visiting their museum. They also work with teachers to make sure state and district Essential Curriculum standards are met when they come for site visits. Teachers love to visit because they realize that learning comes alive at the museums! Information learned at the museums becomes embedded in long-term memory through authentic experiences. The children not only remember the information learned, but experience “living the lesson” to enhance further sequential learning development.