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Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site

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Address: 975 Snowy Range Rd, Laramie, WY
Phone Number: +1 307-745-3733
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Description: The Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site has an incredibly rich...
The Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site has an incredibly rich history. Run as a federal (territorial) and state prison from 1872 to 1903, it then became the Agricultural Experiment Station for the University of Wyoming after the State Prison relocated to Rawlins. The site is now operated as a Historic Site by the State of Wyoming.
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The Place for History Buffs

Not only does the outside give you the chills, the inside gives you a real sense of what life was like inside the prison. The re-creation of various rooms inside the prison as... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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Orlando, Florida
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Orlando, Florida
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46 reviews 46 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Not only does the outside give you the chills, the inside gives you a real sense of what life was like inside the prison. The re-creation of various rooms inside the prison as well as some volunteers in character offering great insight and prison life stories make this a must-see. We did the self-guided tour and found the markers and... More 

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Humboldt, Arizona
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015 via mobile

We arrived about 2:00. The hours stated they were open til 5. I don't know why though because they "tour"only twice a day. Idk what they do the rest of the day. Got to see the museum. It was a little creepy. Anyway, it's a little pricey but we will try again if we return to Wyoming.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We toured the prison in August not knowing quite what to expect. Upon our arrival we were told we could wait for a group tour or just take the self-guided tour - we opted self-guided and found the maps and markers to be very helpful. While you are surrounded by modern Wyoming on the outside, in the inside you step... More 

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Kidderminster, United Kingdom
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72 reviews 72 reviews
5 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Well informed guides, great buildings and exhibitions added to the experience, we really enjoyed strolling around site and chatting with the staff.

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Rocky River, Ohio, United States
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98 reviews 98 reviews
42 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

The tour is self-guided, which allows visitors to spend more or less time at their own pace. In addition to a pamphlet explaining the history of the prison and the function of the various buildings and rooms within the prison itself, there are lots of displays and signage. We spent just slightly less than 2 hours on our tour, and... More 

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Saratoga Springs, Utah
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Friendly staff, very informative museum, nice layout, interesting stories, even though we don't have small children I think it is done in a way that the whole family could enjoy.

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Kennebunk, Maine
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This museum was very historical and ton's of interesting information about the prison, the prisoners who were kept there and the general area. It was nicely laid out with many fascinating exhibits both inside and outside. Great for the whole family.

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This is a real slice of Western life as it was both in the main prison building and the surrounding buildings collection. Loads of free parking and ridiculously cheap admission price.

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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This is one of the best historical museums I've ever been to. The cost is so reasonable (I would even say cheap!) for what you are treated to. Many of the buildings of this old prison have been reconstructed to give you a feel for what prison life was like back then - not only for the prisoners, but also... More 

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Gordon, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

I stopped here while in town for a graduation. I gotta say not what I expected at all. Everything was so interesting and loved learning about the history behind it all. If you come Laramie this is a must see

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