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"Our Utah Museums:" BYU Museum of Paleontology

Friday, February 7, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jessica Weiss
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By Jessica Weiss, Associate Curator of Education-Springville Museum of Art

Located across from the BYU football stadium, the BYU Museum of Paleontology often goes overlooked among the swarms of Cougar fans tailgating and cheering their way through the fall. But make no mistake, while this museum may seem unassuming from the outside, it offers excellent and authentic experiences with creatures from another time.

I stumbled into this museum with my nephews in tow after we realized the Bean Museum was temporarily shut down, and they wanted to get inside away from the summer heat. Knowing it was free (and close), we decided that small might be just the thing for the short attention spans of a 3-year old and a 7-year old. What we didn’t realize that it would be as fun for the adults as for the kids! To be sure, as we walked from room to room there were squeals of delight and sighs of awe from our entire group. There were full skeletal representations, a visible working paleontology lab, and touch areas where we could have a more tactile experience with fossils.

As we left the young boys asked if they could make a donation into the dinosaur’s mouth at the front, and talked about the visit for the rest of the day. I made a note to return again soon by myself so I could take in more of the information and history they had presented. Boasting one of the largest Jurassic Period collections in the world and an ongoing commitment to research and discovery, this Museum is one that warrants a closer look.


If you want to go:

BYU Museum of Paleontology
1683 N. Canyon Road
Provo, Utah 84602-3300



Mon: 9:00 am-9:00 pm

Tue-Fri: 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Sat: 10:00 am-3:00 pm



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