Arts & Culture Overview
Visitors looking for Western-themed art and a variety of cultural activities will not disappointed when they arrive in Cheyenne. The city offers numerous galleries and museums to view beautiful and historic Western art, as well as theaters and concert venues to see live performances.
• Wyoming State Museum: The Wyoming State Museum in Cheyenne is a repository for material concerning Wyoming history, art, natural history and fossils, industry, Native Americans, pioneers, and its cultural heritage
• Cheyenne Depot Museum: This national landmark tells the story of the Cheyenne Beginnings and construction of the transcontinental railroad.
Art Viewing & Galleries
• Cheyenne Artists Guild: Provides numerous art shows throughout the year. Located in the historic Van Tassell Carriage Barn (National Historic Registry), the Cheyenne Artists Guild is the oldest continuously operating, non-profit arts organization in Wyoming.
• Manitou Galleries: Features Western and historic art, wood carvings, antiques, bronzes and other sculpture, cowboy collectibles and more. It alsolso features Indian collectibles ranging from beadwork and pottery to textiles and jewelry.
• Deselms Fine Art: Features original art by local and regional artists with international acclaim. The gallery is located in one of Cheyenne's oldest homes.
• Art Design & Dine Art Walk: The art tour has provided a platform for dozens of local and regional artists and performers. Occurs the second Thursday of each month.
• Big Boots & Public Sculptures: Each of these eight-foot-tall cowboy boots has been carefully and colorfully painted by local artists to show Wyoming and Cheyenne's history. Go on a scavenger hunt and find them all.
• Western Spirit Art Show: The Cheyenne Frontier Days Western Spirit Art Show and Sale was developed by Bill Little, the first curator and Director of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum from 1981-1984. As the status of the show grew, it attracted discriminating collectors eager to find new talent.
• Cheyenne Frontier Days Art Show: Converging on the CFD Old West Museum like cowboys to the rodeo arena, the artists celebrate the West's frontier past, its culture, its magnificent scenery and the Western way of life through their impressive works of art.
Theater and Performance Arts
• Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra: The Cheyenne Symphony can trace its roots to the Cheyenne Little Symphony which was organized in 1935 by Mr. and Mrs. Clyde G. Ross, both prominent Cheyenne musicians. Today, the symphony performs concerts at the Cheyenne Civic Center
• Cheyenne Little Theatre Players: Founded in 1930, the Cheyenne Little Theatre Players (CLTP) is one of the oldest community theatre groups in the United States, as well as one of the oldest continuously operating organizations in Cheyenne. A community theatre organization serving Cheyenne, the state of Wyoming western Nebraska and northern Colorado. It owns and operates the Mary Godfrey Playhouse and the Historic Atlas Theatre. Cheyenne Little Theatre Players offer a year-round season of more than nine full-scale productions.
• Lions Park Amphitheater: The Lions Park Amphitheater has hosted events such as concerts, symphony orchestra and movies in the park.
• Fridays on the Plaza: Free concerts every Friday at The Depot Plaza. Chairs are provided and vendors are available to sell food, lemonade, soft drinks and beer.
• Cheyenne Civic Center: The Cheyenne Civic Center has seating for 1,496 people, with 584 Orchestra-level seats, 478 Loge seats and 434 Balcony seats.
• Historic Atlas Theater: The three-story building on 16th Street which now houses the Atlas Theatre was originally built in 1887. In 1907, Cheyenne architect William Dubois was hired to convert the first floor into a theater, which would be named the Atlas. In 1966, the Cheyenne Little Theatre Players began to use the Atlas for their live theater productions. The Atlas was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.