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Fri November 2, 2012
Laramie Plains Museum
VICTORIAN GRANDEUR SHOWCASES THE WEST
Set on the property of the magnificent Ivinson Mansion, the Laramie Plains Museum is one of the region's finest historic house museums and a must-see when visiting Laramie, Wyoming, 45 miles west of Cheyenne on Interstate 80. The Mansion was saved from demolition in 1972, and has been fully restored to its original Queen Anne opulence, as the perfect setting for the museum’s collections which range from Victoriana to Cowboy and Native American. There’s a grand floating staircase in the foyer, dramatic woods in each room, and decorative papers on walls and ceilings that are exceptional to 19th Century Victorian stylings. Built in 1892 by one of the city’s most notable pioneer couples, the mansion was the talk of the town in its day and remains one of the major highlights in Laramie. The flower gardens, birch trees, lilacs, grand evergreens, and commemorative benches on the mansion property are a step back in time and add to the air of graciousness and hospitality extended to all who step onto the grounds and into the grand mansion. The docent-guided tours make it an outstanding reminder of when grandeur stood alongside the rowdy western lore on the high plains of Wyoming.
Tours are offered full-time in the summer months and Tues-Saturday afternoons throughout the rest of the year. The museum features Victorian Teas in May, June, July; an Art Fest during Jubilee Days in July; Evening at the Ivinsons in August; and a complimentary Holiday Open House the second weekend in December. Contact the Laramie Plains Museum office at 307-742-4448 for more information.
For more information, visit http://www.laramiemuseum.org/ .