COVID-19 Status Update
Laramie Museums may be subject to closures and adjusted hours due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. As of now, the Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site, University of Wyoming Geological Museum, University of Wyoming Art Museum, University of Wyoming Anthropology Museum, and Historic Train Depot Museum are open to the public for regular tours. All monuments and landmarks are also open. Please check ahead for updated hours of operation.


The American Heritage Center is open to faculty and students by appointment. The University of Wyoming Planetarium may be reserved for private shows.


The Laramie Plains Museum at the Historic Ivinson Mansion and Wyoming Women’s History House are closed to tours, however, the Carriage House gift shop and grounds of the Ivinson Mansion are open.





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Nici Self Museum

Phone: 307-742-7763

Activity Phone: 307-745-3108

Address: 2734 Hwy. 130, Centennial, WY 82055

Hours: Memorial Day to Labor Day, Thursday through Monday, noon to 4 PM. In September, we’re open Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 PM.

Website: http://niciselfmuseum.org/


Description: The museum is partially housed in a 1907 Hahn’s Peak and Pacific Railroad depot. Its exhibits depict the general history of the Centennial Valley. Topics include mining, lumbering, ranching, and railroading. A 1944 Union Pacific caboose and many large pieces of ranching, farming, and mining equipment are on site. We’re 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…

Historic Ivinson Mansion

Phone: 307-742-4448

Address: 603 E. Ivinson Ave., Laramie, WY 82070

Hours: Gift Shop & Grounds: Tues-Sat: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm; Closed Sunday & Monday (Closed January & February); The museum is currently closed to tours due to Covid-19

Website: http://www.laramiemuseum.org


Description: Set on the property of the magnificent Ivinson Mansion, the Laramie Plains Museum is one of the region’s finest historic house museums. Thousands of visitors from around the country and the world view its collections each year. Located between 6th and 7th Streets on Ivinson Street, it is a must-see when visiting Laramie, Wyoming, 45 miles west of Cheyenne on Interstate 80. The Ivinson Mansion was saved from demolition in 1972, and has been fully restored to its original opulence thanks to the Laramie community. It is the…

Williams Conservatory

Phone: 307-766-4336

Address: 1000 E. University Ave., Laramie, WY 82070

Hours: Mon-Fri: 10 am - 2 pm, Reservations Required

Website: https://www.williamsconservatory.com/


Description: Located in the Aven Nelson building at the University of Wyoming, our greenhouse is home to over 600 tropical, neotropical, temperate, and arid species from around the world. Conservatory facilities are used by researchers, educators, students in both K-12 and post-secondary levels, artists, horticulture enthusiasts, and the general public. Our greenhouse and staff are organized to serve a three pronged mission of research, education, and outreach. We are a free public resource open year-around!

Description: The University of Wyoming Museum of Vertebrates (UWYMV) is a rapidly expanding repository of historic and modern bird, mammal, amphibian, reptile, and fish specimens. The mission of the UWYMV is to document and understand regional and global biodiversity through acquisition and investigation of collections to advance academic knowledge and public appreciation of the natural world.

University of Wyoming Art Museum

Phone: 307-766-6622

Address: 2111 E. Willett Dr., Laramie, WY 82071

Hours: Tues-Sat: 10 am - 5 pm; Thur: 10 am - 7 pm; Closed Sunday & Monday

Website: http://uwyo.edu/artmuseum


Description: The University of Wyoming Art Museum presents and collects world-class art and objects by regional, national and international artists, and art from the American West. As an academic museum and a leader in the arts, the University of Wyoming Art Museum concentrates on furthering programs that engage students and visitors in discussions that broaden an understanding of diverse perspectives, viewpoints, and cultures. Through its Museum as Classroom approach, the University of Wyoming Art Museum places art at the center of learning for all ages, supports the academic mission…

Wyoming Women’s History House

Phone: 307-760-7771

Address: 317 S. 2nd St., Laramie, WY 82070

Hours: June 14th - September 6th or by appointment

Website: https://www.thelouisaswainfoundation.com/our-team


University of Wyoming Anthropology Museum

Phone: 307-766-2208

Address: 1236 E. Lewis St., Laramie, WY 82070

Hours: Mon-Fri: 8 am - 5 pm; Summer hours are 7:30 am - 4:30 pm (Mid-May - Late August)

Website: http://www.uwyo.edu/anthropology/anthropology-museum.html


Description: The museum has a wide range of exhibits. See displays on Native American materials from the Plains, Rocky Mountains, Southwest and Arctic, as well as displays on the material culture and artistry from throughout the world, including Africa, Polynesia, Australia, and Asia.

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…

University of Wyoming Archaeological Repository

Phone: 307-766-3671

Address: 1212 E. Lewis St., Laramie, WY 82071

Hours: Mon-Fri: 9 am - 5 pm; Closed Saturday & Sunday

Website: https://wyoarchaeo.wyo.gov/index.php/about/uwar


Description: The Department of Anthropology at the University of Wyoming has been an archaeological repository for over 50 years. Today the University of Wyoming Archaeological Repository (UWAR) is estimated to contain more than a million items from at least 25,000 sites found throughout the state, which represents the single largest assembly of archaeological materials anywhere in Wyoming. The University is a federally designated repository for archaeological collections recovered from Wyoming’s public lands, which cover approximately half of the 97,014 square miles in the state. UWAR also houses extensive collections…

University of Wyoming Geological Museum

Phone: 307-766-2646

Address: 200 N. 9th St., Laramie, WY 82070

Hours: Mon-Sat: 10 am - 4 pm; Closed Sunday

Website: http://www.uwyo.edu/geomuseum/


Description: The University of Wyoming Geological Museum in Laramie functions to support both public education and scientific research. Wyoming is rich in geologic treasures and the Museum presents to the visitor some glimpse of this geologic diversity. Housing more than 50,000 cataloged fossil, rock, and mineral specimens, it is an important source of information for researchers throughout the world. The UW Geological Museum is open Monday-Saturday 10 am- 4 pm CLOSED SUNDAYS & HOLIDAYS

Description: We are asking all visitors to please wear a mask inside the buildings. 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…

American Heritage Center

Phone: 307-766-4114

Address: 2111 Willet Dr., Laramie, WY 82071

Hours: Mon: 8 am - 7 pm; Tues-Fri: 8 am - 5 pm; Sat: 10 am - 5 pm; Closed Sunday

Website: http://www.uwyo.edu/ahc/index.html


Description: The American Heritage Center (AHC) is the University of Wyoming’s (UW) repository of manuscripts collections, rare books, and the university archives. Many universities have primary source repositories. Few have repositories as extensive and significant as the AHC. More importantly, few universities have such repositories as welcoming and accessible to undergraduate and graduate students. Internationally known for its historical collections the AHC first and foremost serves the students and citizens of Wyoming. The AHC sponsors a wide range of scholarly and popular programs including lectures, symposia, and exhibits. Not…

Historic Laramie Union Pacific Train Depot

Phone: 307-399-7345

Address: 600 S. 1st St., Laramie, WY 82070

Hours: Mon: 9 am - 2 pm or by appointment

Website: http://www.laramiedepot.org


Description: The Laramie Union Pacific Depot officially opened at 7:00pm, September 6th, 1924. This station was built and served as Laramie

University of Wyoming Planetarium

Phone: 307-766-6150

Address: N. 10th St. & E. Fremont St., Laramie, WY 82072

Hours: Mon-Thur: 8 am - 5 pm; Fri: 8 am - 4 pm

Website: http://www.uwyo.edu/physics/


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. The University of Wyoming Harry C. Vaughan Planetarium is located in the basement of the Physical Science building.…

Description: Summit Information Center is where the imposing 13-foot Abraham Lincoln Memorial Monument stands. It was sculpted by University of Wyoming art professor Robert Russin in 1959 to commemorate the highest point on the Lincoln Highway. Look for the Henry Joy monument surrounded by a fence with four Lincoln Highway markers. There are interesting displays inside the building and great views outside. The bust of Abe Lincoln now stands proudly at Sherman Summit, the highest point on Interstate 80. Click Here to read about the historic Lincoln Highway or…

Ames Monument

Phone: Wyoming Cultural Records Office 307-766-5323

Address: 210 Monument Rd., Buford, WY 82052

Hours: 24/7

Website: http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2259

Alt Website: http://www.over-land.com/ames.html


Description: Completed in 1882 at a cost of $65,000 this monolithic 60-foot high granite pyramid was built by the Union Pacific Railroad Company. It stands on the highest elevation (8,247 feet) of the original transcontinental route. Until 1901, when the railroad was relocated several miles to the south, it passed close by the north side of the monument where once stood the rail town of Sherman. Exit 329 off I-80 near Laramie