Q. Why is Fort “Caspar” Museum spelled differently than the City of “Casper”?
A. Caspar Collins, the fort and city’s namesake, spelled his name with an “ar.” In 1865, following Collins’ death, the army renamed Platte Bridge Station in his honor. During the process, his name was misspelled with an “er” and the misspelling carried over when the city was founded in 1888. When the Museum was established in 1936, Casper citizens chose to use the correct spelling of his name.
Q. Do I have to pay admission to tour the fort buildings?
A. Yes, the admission fee covers both the Museum building and the surrounding grounds, including the reconstructed fort.
Q. Do I have to pay admission to shop in the Museum store?
A. No, you may visit the Museum store at any time without paying admission.
Q. Does the Museum have any area that can be rented for private functions?
A. Yes, Centennial Park and other areas of the site are available for rental for weddings, family reunions, and other gatherings. Inside the Museum a classroom (capacity 30) and a multi-use room (capacity 120) are available as rental spaces.
Q. What does Fort Caspar Museum collect?
A. The Museum collects historical objects, photographs, and archival materials related not only to the history of Fort Caspar but also to the entire region of central Wyoming.
Q. Who operates Fort Caspar Museum?
A. The Museum is a part of the Special Facilities Division of the Leisure Services Department of the City of Casper. In addition, the Fort Caspar Museum Association assists the Museum through financial support and volunteer time.
Fort Caspar Museum operates as part of the Special Facilities Division of the Leisure Services Department of the City of Casper. The Department of Leisure Services offices are located at City Hall, 200 N. David, Casper, WY 82601.
The Museum has a full-time staff of four. In addition, the Museum occasionally offers six-month internships working with collections and exhibits. Seasonal part-time staff work May through September at the front desk and on the fort grounds.
From May through September, the Museum also has volunteers who assist with the daily operations of the site.