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Posted on: July 19, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Rockpile Museum Celebrates 47th Birthday With Free Admission Day

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Rockpile Museum to offer free admission to all guests on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 and hosts WyoTaco Truck and Ice Cream Café Trailer.

Gillette, Wyoming – July 19, 2021 – The Campbell County Rockpile Museum invites the public to come out and celebrate the 47th anniversary of the opening of the Rockpile Museum on Wednesday, July 21, 2021.  All guests will receive FREE ADMISSION to the museum during our regular hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  

The Campbell County Rockpile Museum opened its doors to the public for the first time on Sunday, July 21, 1974.  About 400 people attended on that opening day, a day that was the culmination of decades of work by the Campbell County Historical Society, its members, and the people of Campbell County to build a museum in Gillette.  

“The Rockpile Museum Board and Staff want to make sure that everyone can enjoy what the museum has to offer, so we have planned occasional free admission days to help those who may not be able to afford admission or membership.  What better day for a free day than our 47th Birthday,” said Museum Director Robert Henning.  “We invite the entire community to come out on Wednesday, see a special guest program at 10:00 a.m. or 3:00 p.m., and a tasty taco or treat from one of our wonderful local businesses while you are here.”  

Living Historian and Storyteller Joyce Jefferson is our Artist-in-Residence this week and on Wednesday she will be telling the story of Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Blair (1859-1943) at 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  This will be the first time Ms. Jefferson has performed Betty Blair’s story for the public.  Admission to this program will also be free of charge.  

Our friends from Wyo Taco and The Ice Cream Café will also be at the museum to serve up delicious lunch and cold treats for anyone interested in purchasing lunch or dessert while at the museum.  

Don’t miss your chance to see all the fantastic exhibits, some new programs, and grab a bite to eat on Wednesday, July 21st at the Rockpile Museum’s 47th Birthday.  Admission will be free all day.  

Questions should be addressed to Museum Director Robert Henning at 307-682-5723 or  


About the Campbell County Rockpile Museum 

The Campbell County Rockpile Museum focuses on local and regional history with an emphasis on the culture and people of Campbell County, Wyoming, and the Powder River Basin. The Rockpile Museum has exhibits about each of the different periods in the history of the Powder River Basin. The museum houses large collections of fossils, Native American artifacts, rifles, saddles, horse-drawn vehicles, and energy industry equipment. There are also numerous hands-on exhibits for visitors of all ages to touch and learn from and four videos related to the mining, transportation, and use of coal from the local mines. The museum has a full schedule of temporary exhibits and educational programming each year. Learn more about the museum at our website


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