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Once on the rocks, UW geology museum reopens
Mark Clementz, associate professor in the University of Wyoming's Department of Geology and Geophysics, and Kelli Trujillo, manager of the UW Geological Museum, with a new exhibit at the renovated facility Laramie. UW photo

Once on the rocks, UW geology museum reopens after upgrade

Jan 10, 2013 - The Associated Press

LARAMIE -- After its first makeover in nearly 60 years, the University of Wyoming's Geological Museum is ready to reopen to the public.

While much of the work done over the past eight months -- modernizing of the mechanical, electrical, lighting and fire protection systems -- won't be obvious to most visitors, they definitely will see improvements in the venerable museum's layout and presentation.

The museum opens its doors Saturday, Jan. 12, for the first time since closing in May, with resumption of its regular hours -- 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.

A grand reopening ceremony, including guided tours, is planned from 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17.

UW President Tom Buchanan, the UW Board of Trustees and other university officials will be present.

The Geological Museum project was funded, in part, through proceeds of an endowment of about $570,000 established by retired UW professor Brainerd "Nip" Mears and his wife, Anne, which was doubled to $1.14 million by state matching funds.

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