Welcome to The Museum of the American West, the only institution which celebrates the different groups of people who utilized the critical geography of what is now central Wyoming to shape the American West. Established in 1998, the Museum of the American West is a unique not-for-profit outdoor/indoor museum complex. The MAW mission is to preserve and perpetuate the unmatched natural and cultural history of the Wind River and Sweetwater Valleys and the South Pass region of the Central Rocky Mountains. When the MAW becomes fully operational it will offer educational programming and tours of historic exhibits, cultural reenactments and presentations, and other outdoor events. Mission and Vision Statement: The Museum of the American West commits its resources and energies to promote, establish and maintain a museum complex dedicated to preserve and perpetuate the natural and cultural history of the South Pass, Sweetwater and Wind River Valley areas of the Central Rocky Mountains. The MAW highlights the cultural heritage of this nationally significant geographic region through presentation and interpretation of relationships among the Eastern Shoshone, the Northern Arapaho, the pioneers and their descendents, and others attracted to this community. With the help of our collaborative partners, the MAW will bring an authentic western history to life for many generations of residents and visitors, and provide them a rare opportunity to broaden their appreciation and understanding of the role this area had in the history of the American West.