Educational Tours

Cheyenne Depot Museum Scavenger Hunt: K through 2nd grade 

Students will get a brief glance at the people and pieces that made Cheyenne what it is today. The program is supplemented by a scavenger hunt activity sheet and includes a look at the UC&N model railroad and a chance to operate the Wendy’s World model layout. This program can either be led by museum staff, or self-guided.   

Settling in the West: 3rd through 6th Grade 

In this guided tour your students will focus on the founding of Cheyenne and the building of settlements by migrant Americans via the Transcontinental Railroad. Focus is placed on key figures, natural resources, terrain, and business. This program consists of three 20 minute rotations, or two 30 minute rotations, depending on class size; a guided worksheet, a visit to the UC&N model railroad, and a chance to explore the rest of the museum under teacher supervision.  

For this program we ask that at least three adults are part of the group for supervision.  

Tracks Through Cheyenne: Middle and High School 

In this in-depth look at the Cheyenne Depot Museum, students will be guided through information on the people behind the construction of the transcontinental railroad, the founding of Cheyenne, the planning and resources that brought the railroad through this area, the railroad’s struggles against the harsh Wyoming weather, and the lofty position of Cheyenne in the late 19th Century.  

The program length is approximately 1 hour, and is not recommended for groups of more than 25. Includes an activity sheet.  

Self-Guided visit  

Visit the museum at your own pace. After a brief introduction from staff, your group will be free to explore the museum’s gallery and model train exhibit. Students will learn about the building of the transcontinental railroad, the founding of Cheyenne, maintaining steam engines, diesel electric locomotive power, and the business of running the railroad.  

Activity pages are available for use upon request.   

School tours can be adjusted for grade level and curricular needs. 

For more information or to schedule a tour, call 307-638-6338 or click here to email.  

Cheyenne Depot Museum; Union Pacific Railroad