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“I-80 roadtrip break”

American Heritage Center
Ranked #15 of 43 things to do in Laramie
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Owner description: Located on the University of Wyoming's campus, this center has historical manuscripts and research facilities.
Reviewed 28 June 2018

5 stars for effort, friendliness, quirkiness. Small art museum, maybe 20-30 minutes of viewing; but check the rotating exhibitions because you might get lucky with Western artists/photographers who aren't widely known and who might have some unique interpretive artwork. Beware the usual Western art from the early to mid-20th century in which artists "represented" the Old West with no clue what that meant. Look for paintings/portraiture from the 1800s. The lobby off the Loggia had a fun exhibit of old-time women's fashion designed and presented by U. Wyoming fine arts students. Tappan rare book is worth a look; we got to turn the pages of wonderfully illustrated books published during 1500s-1600s. (Had some amusing mythology depicting 60-foot crocodiles and 9-foot tall "natives.") Pair this heritage center with the outstanding Geological Museum on campus and you've got yourself a memorable and educational break from the road. Oh, it's all free. Donations welcome.

Thank COtennis
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

The Heritage Center has archival material for a wide range of sources. The Wyoming Stockgrower's Room has interesting memorabilia from Wyoming;'s ranching past.

Thank Bill L
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Reviewed 27 September 2017

The AHC at the University of Wyoming is an unexpected treat. The Divine Ammunition by Al Farrow is an amazing and thought provoking exhibit. Other art exhibits are also worth seeing.

Thank Beth W
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Reviewed 25 March 2016

We stopped in to see the art museum (which is very small) and the heritage center. If you do, be sure to see if the Tappan Rare books library is open to visitors (sometimes it is closed if a class is using it). The librarian is welcoming and loves to talk about the books, including ones from the 1400's. You get to touch them and learn.

Thank JimfromDenver
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Reviewed 10 August 2015

This is a great place to visit, interesting artifacts from Wyoming's western past. There is an excellent archives as well.

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