The Nici Self Historical Museum is located at 2734 Highway 130 in Centennial, Wyoming, population 270, at the base of the Snowy Range Mountains. Operated by the Centennial Valley Historical Association and a corps of dedicated volunteers, it was organized in the early 1970s as part of a community effort to be recognized as a Bicentennial community. Berniece “Nici” Self was one of the founding members, and the museum is named in her honor.
Exhibits celebrate the mining, ranching, and railroading history of the area. The main building is the original town railroad depot, dedicated on July 4, 1907, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Other buildings on the grounds include a Union Pacific caboose, a beehive burner from a local sawmill, the town’s original fire station, a one room school house, and a log barn lovingly taken apart at its original location and reassembled on the grounds.
The museum is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Thursday through Monday, noon to 4 PM. In September, we’re open Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 PM. Admission is always free, but donations are gratefully accepted. If you’d like to arrange a visit outside of normal hours, please contact us.