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Description: The University of Wyoming Insect Museum is the only research collection of insects in the state of Wyoming. Present holdings are estimated at more than a quarter of a million specimens. It is an important regional resource, as well as a collection of national and international significance. Holdings are particularly strong in the major orders Hymenoptera (53%), Diptera (12%), Lepidoptera (10%), and Coleoptera (9%). Several unique voucher collections are housed at University of Wyoming including the Pawnee National Grasslands Collection, Johnston and Wyodak Power Plant Collections, Hanna Strip-Mine…

Description: The UW Planetarium is a facility of the University of Wyoming Department of Physics and Astronomy. The Planetarium offers shows for the public, as well as for K-12 and college classes and community groups. The UW Planetarium first opened in 1969 and has served the community for many years with shows for the public, for K-12 students, and for college astronomy teaching. Our planetarium is equipped with a Spitz starball.

Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site

Phone: 307-745-6161

Address: 975 Snowy Range Road Laramie WY 82070

Hours: May 1 through Oct. 1, 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. DAILY Oct 1-31, 8:00a.m.- 5:00pm DAILY

Website: www.wyomingterritorialprison.com

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Description: Built in 1872 and restored in 1989, the prison is the highlight of the WTPSHS. Pick up a brochure in the gift shop and head toward the prison for a self-guided tour. (Development of an audio tour system is in the works.) Plan to spend at least an hour inside. Stops along the tour include: furnished cells, the prisoners' dining area, guard's quarters, infirmary, women's quarters, laundry room, warden's office, and various exhibit galleries. New exhibit's include: Found During Restoration: Artifacts Uncovered (including items found during the History…

Description: Early in the morning of September 6, 1870, Louisa Ann Gardner Swain became the first woman in the world to cast a ballot under laws granting women the right to vote with full civil equality with men. This law was contained in the 1869 Wyoming Suffrage Act, the first of its kind anywhere in the world. The Wyoming Women’s History house was constructed in 2003 to memorialize these extraordinary events that gave Wyoming its nickname, “The Equality State”. The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday during the summer…