Arts & Entertainment
Laramie preserves exciting and entertaining glimpses of the past, and – as home to the University of Wyoming – it offers the diversity and cultural sophistication associated with a major university town. The mix of recreation, history, culture and art is not often found in such a comfortable setting in small-town America.
Museums abound in Laramie, catering to every taste. There is truly something for everyone – from the antiques of the Laramie Plains Museum to the special exhibits from around the world at the University of Wyoming Art Museum. There is even a Children’s Museum and Nature Center.
The Laramie Plains Museum, located in the beautiful Ivinson Mansion built in 1892, includes a carriage house, gift shop and old log schoolhouse.
Both the University of Wyoming Art Museum and American Heritage Center are housed in the award-winning Centennial Complex. The American Heritage Center is primarily an archival center of rare books, historical manuscripts and research materials on American history and culture. The University of Wyoming Art Museum offers rotating exhibits from its permanent collection of 7,000 works, plus traveling exhibitions every summer designed with the visitor in mind. Past exhibitions include the miniatures from King Tutenkamen’s tomb and Native American exhibits.
UW Geological Museum is the location of one of only five brontosaurus skeletons in the world. The museum also houses the most complete skeleton of the predator allosaurus. The museum displays tyrannosarus rex and triceratops skulls, plant and animal fossils and a major collection of Wyoming rocks and minerals.
Wyoming Territorial Prison and Old West Park are “home to the Old West,” and include the fully restored Territorial prison built in 1872. The surrounding western heritage park features an authentic frontier home, schoolhouse, barn and church.
Wyoming Children’s Museum and Nature Center includes many hands-on activities for children ages 3-12.
Open year-round, the Nature Center emphasizes wildlife and environmental awareness. Frequent special activities and programs allow children to learn and have fun all year-round.
The University of Wyoming also hosts a wide variety of entertainment – which gives us something not often found in other communities the size of Laramie. Ballet, plays, opera, rock concerts and comedians are just a handful of the types of entertainment that can be found here. Top-name acts such as Elton John, Hootie and the Blowfish, WWE Wrestling, B.B. King and “Saturday Night Live” comedians are just some of the acts to perform in Laramie in the past few years.
Off campus, Laramie offers a diverse nightlife. Cowboys and cowgirls and those country folk at heart can find live bands in dance hall-style establishments. Good old rock and roll can be found at others. Spin doctors keep the college crowd jumping at club-style watering holes. Poetry nights at local coffee houses and comfortable jazz clubs offer relaxing places to gather.
A megaplex movie theater screens new releases, while second-round movies and a Sunday night film series show in the discount cinema house. Mini golf, roller-skating, planetarium shows and bowling offer other family-oriented evening activities. Ice skating is also offered at the Laramie Indoor Ice Arena.
Day or night, Laramie has a lot to offer to young people and families alike. A flavor for every taste.