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Posted on: September 2, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Campbell County Rockpile Museum Joins Smithsonian Magazine's 17th Annual Museum Day

Smithsonian Museum Day

Free Admission on September 18, 2021 with a downloadable Museum Day ticket.

The Campbell County Rockpile Museum will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticketholders on Saturday September 18, 2021 as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 17th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of boundless curiosity in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based museums.

The annual event allows museums, zoos, and cultural centers from all 50 states to emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C.-based facilities, which offer free admission every day. This year’s event is sponsored by The Quaker Oats Company. 

Museum Day goes beyond getting visitors through museum doors—it acts as a springboard to empower and help advance the hopes and ambitions of the public, particularly school-aged children, and those in underrepresented communities. It represents a national commitment to access, equity, and inclusion.

With many public spaces being shut down for a year or more, Museum Day 2021 celebrates the reopening of museums after long closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s theme, Experience America, represents the return to, and resurgence of, our country's diverse cultural experiences, in the safest possible way. While tickets will be free of charge, participating museums will have safety precautions in place for this year’s event so guests can safely and comfortably enjoy their experience.

“The Rockpile Museum is committed to making sure our exhibits, programs, and resources are accessible to all and free days like Smithsonian Museum Day help make sure that everyone is able to experience the Powder River Basin at our museum” said Robert Henning, Director of the Rockpile Museum.  The Rockpile Museum’s mission is to “Collect, Preserve, and Educate while telling the story of the Powder River Basin.”  Established in 1974, the museum continues to tell the fascinating stories of this region while highlighting the people, cultures, resources, events, and industries that make this corner of America unique.  

Museum Day tickets are available for download at Visitors who present a Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues on September 18, 2021. One ticket is permitted per email address. A list of participating museums, which will be continually updated as more museums continue to register, can be found at

For more information, please visit

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

About Smithsonian Media

Smithsonian Media is comprised of its flagship publication, Smithsonian magazine, Air & Space magazine, Smithsonian Books, and the Smithsonian Media Digital Network. In addition, Smithsonian Media oversees the Smithsonian Institution’s interest in the Smithsonian Channel, a joint venture between the Smithsonian Institution and CBS/Showtime. Smithsonian Media is a division of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum and research complex consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visit the museums annually. ( /

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