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Military Memorial Museum opens its doors

Updated: Jun. 1, 2021 at 4:55 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Memorial Day may be over, but Wyoming’s rich military history will never be forgotten, especially now that it has a new museum.

Collectors never quit. They never can stop collecting. So once we had a mature collection of Cowboy and (American) Indian material, we went into the military.

Bob Nelson- Founder of the Military Memorial Museum & The Nelson Museum of the West.

The military memorial museum opened on May 31 to a crowd of 350 visitors.

Located on Carey Avenue, founder Bob Nelson started his collections 22 years ago with the Nelson Museum of the West and has graduated to the Military Memorial Museum across the street.

This collection took 12 years to gather and required thousands of hours to assemble. Collected from multiple countries globally, items were either purchased or given by family donations.

The mature collection, according to Nelson, spans wars and battles from the Civil War to Desert Storm.

Nelson believes Wyoming’s military presence and history play a large role in its identity and future.

We are dedicated to preserving the past for the future. That’s the whole goal of the museum.

Bob Nelson - Founder

The military memorial museum is part of a non-profit organization, and 5 dollars will get patrons into both the museums.

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