By Molly Messick
Laramie, Wy – The decision to close the University of Wyoming Geological Museum is proving to be one of the most controversial measures U-W is taking to meet its 18 million dollar budget shortfall. University Provost Myron Allen says the collection of more than 50 thousand specimens will remain housed at the University but it won't be open to the public.
"There won't be any change in the ownership of the museum's exhibits and specimens. And in fact the display collection will remain intact, in the facility where it currently resides."
Allen says the collection will still be available to faculty members and University students for teaching and study, and outside researchers will also be able to arrange access. Since the closure was announced early this month, it has been the subject of numerous complaints. One online petition protesting the decision shows over 13 hundred signatures.