The University of Wyoming Art Museum is hosting its annual summer solstice celebration next week on the UW Campus.  The event is free and open to the public.

The solstice is the longest day of the year and heralds the first official day of summer.  UW marks this day in a very special way.  Every year, at exactly noon on the summer solstice, in UW Centennial Complex, the sun shines through a solar tube in the Rotunda Gallery’s ceiling and illuminates the silver dollar that is set into the center of the gallery's floor.

Visitors also will have the opportunity to safely view the sun's surface through astronomer Ray Martin's filtered solar telescope, which will be set up on the terrace.

The summer solstice celebration is being held Friday, June 21, from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

During this time, visitors can also browse seven exhibitions currently showing at the UW Art Museum, pieces running the gamut from high-resolution photos of modern architecture to works by the great masters of history.

The museum is located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free.