Listed on the National Register, the Wyoming Territorial Prison was a U.S. Penitentiary in 1872 and later Wyoming’s first State Penitentiary. For 30 years it held violent and desperate outlaws. Now a museum, visitors learn of punishment and rehabilitation, as well as discover the stories held within the iron cells and behind the prison walls through a prisoner identity. The Prison Industries Building (broom factory) was used to raise revenue, manage the prison population, and used as a rehabilitative strategy. Located on 197 acres, the site offers restored historic buildings, museum exhibits, picnic area, a nature trail, visitor center with gift shop, and a RV Dump Station.
One of the best ways to get to know someone is by visiting their home. At the “Big House across the River” displays of cells and artifacts tell the stories of people from the Prison’s past. You can experience these stories through guided tours or on your own.
Open All Year
LAST ADMISSION TICKET SOLD ONE (1) HOUR BEFORE CLOSING
May – September
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Daily
OPEN on Memorial Day – Independence Day – Labor Day
October – April
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Wednesday-Saturday)
Closed Sunday, Monday, Tuesday
OPEN on Veterans Day
The museum and site grounds will be CLOSED on the following holidays: Thanksgiving | Christmas | New Year’s Day
975 SNOWY RANGE RD
LARAMIE, WY 82070