Old West Wax Museum & Dancing Bear Folk Center, Thermopolis WY

This is a place like no other. The Old West Wax Museum is really the Old West Wax Museum and Dancing Bear Folk Center, and more. It’s located right there on State Highway 20 that runs through downtown Thermopolis, Wyoming. It’s true that the Hot Springs are the main attraction here in Thermop, but a lot of sightseers and tourists make it a point to stop at the Old West Wax Museum when in Hot Springs County.

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The Old West Wax Museum provides an interesting and historical look at Frontier Wyoming. The wax figures here were created by Kenneth Bunn, who would become more well-known for his bronze sculptures of Western wildlife. But here, immortalized in wax, you’ll see nearly 100 famous figures of the Old West, upstairs in the two-story building. Such notables as Butch Cassidy, Chief Washakie, and Jim Bridger grace the museum. And downstairs, there is a remarkable collection of teddy bears in the Teddy Bear Den. There are 500 teddy bears, many arranged in historical settings, and many soft-sculpture teddy bears adorned in garb representing countries all over the world. And there’s the Textile Studio here at the Old West Wax Museum, with wonderful displays of quilts, looms, spinning wheels, and early sewing machines.

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Outside of the museum. (Andre Jenny)

The museum also offers-up an incredible collection of historic newspapers and pioneer printed etchings. And there’s an amazing display of historic documents that include photographs and maps that date back to 1772.

It quite a tour through frontier Wyoming, so give yourself plenty of time to take it all in when you visit the Old West Wax Museum and Dancing Bear Folk Center.

Old West Wax Museum & Dancing Bear Folk Center Complex, Highway 20 in downtown Thermopolis (307) 864-9396

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In the 21st Century, the Old West survives along the highway because of two sustainable competitive advantages, both of which are depicted in its successful destinations. Life was harder. And justice was more gruesome. Which brings us to the paradox of the Old West Wax Museum in Thermopolis, Wyoming. Some of the very displays that might assure …

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Dancing Bear Folk Center Complex Highway 20 in downtown Thermopolis (307) 864-9396 The wax figures in the Old West Wax Museum were developed more than 30 years ago by Kenneth Bunn, now nationally recognized for his bronze sculptures of Western wildlife.

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Local and nearby scenic and cultural attractions include Hot Springs State Park (buffalo herd and hot springs pool), Boysen Reservoir (20,000 acres), Wind River Canyon, Big Horn River, Legend Rock Petroglyphs, Hot Springs County Historical Museum, Wyoming Dinosaur Center, Old West Wax Museum and Dancing Bear Folk Center, and about 2,000,000 …

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Thermopolis. Thermopolis offers the old west and teddy bears as a unique sampling of available museums. The Old West Wax Museum and Hot Springs County Museum and Cultural Center offer a view of the Old West and pioneer life through dioramas and wax figures. The Dancing Bear Folk Center invites you to the Teddy Bear Den.

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The Old Time Fiddle Contest at Shoshoni High School brings musicians from all over the region and fills the school gym with standards like “Faded Love” and the “Westphalia Waltz.”

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