After its first makeover in more than 60 years, the geological museum at the University of Wyoming will soon reopen to the public - with some exciting new exhibits that make tangible a part of Wyoming's ancient history.
Guests can expect a redesigned layout of the entire museum and its presentation, as well as modernized facility and infrastructure upgrades, when the museum reopens on Saturday, January 12 at 10 a.m.
Officials with the University of Wyoming say this will be the first time members of the public have seen the museum since its doors closed in May. A grand reopening ceremony will take place on January 17, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The roots of the UW Geological Museum trace back to 1887, when the university first opened. But the fossilized creatures on display inside are tens of millions of years old. Manager Kelli Trujillo explains some of the new offerings.
The mural on display from the Cretaceous period gives us a glimpse of what Wyoming would have looked like during the days when Tyrannosaurus walked the land. Casts of fossilized skulls of a T-Rex and a Triceratops inhabit the exhibit, crafted by designer Terry Chase of Chase Studios Inc.
The center island of the museum will continue to feature “Big Al,” the Allosaurus, and an Apatosaurus in a display focusing on the Jurassic period. A cast of a Stegosaurus, discovered near Medicine Bow, was moved from its former location upstairs to a prominent spot on the downstairs wall.
The museum is open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. More information on the museum can be found at http://www.uwyo.edu/geomuseum/.