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Utah State University Eastern Prehistoric Museum, Price

(4.5/5 based on 95+ reviews on the web)
The Prehistoric Museum, USU-Eastern, formerly known as the College of Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum, is a museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums located in Price, Utah. The museum seeks to promote public understanding of prehistory through interpretive exhibits, educational programs, collections, and research. The museum is located near many paleontological and archaeological sites in a region known as Castle Country, notably in the San Rafael Swell and nearby canyons throughout the Book Cliffs area such as Nine Mile Canyon and Range Creek Canyon.HistoryThe Prehistoric Museum was established in 1961 as a cooperative effort by the former College of Eastern Utah and the community of Price. On May 8, 1961 the Board of Regents established the museum. At that time funding for the museum was supplied by the geology department at the college. The museum officially opened to the public on June 3, 1961, on the second floor of the Price Municipal Building in a small converted conference room. After expanding into the hallways of the City Hall it moved into the old city gymnasium in 1971.In later years, the museum became an appropriated line item through the State of Utah. In 1990-91, the appropriation for the museum was greatly increased because of the tremendous expansion of the museum. A new addition was opened, later to become the Hall of Dinosaurs.Through these two separate expansions during its 45-year history, the museum has become a 25000sqft facility with another 6000sqft repository and paleontology preparation laboratory. An ongoing program of paleontology fieldwork and excavation begun in 1990 has produced 12 new species of dinosaurs and over 7,000 paleontologic specimens. Federal and state accreditation followed in 1991, allowing the museum to reposit collections from across Utah. Renewed interest in dinosaurs and a popular culture boom brought thousands more visitors down the Dinosaur Diamond Scenic Byway and to the museum in the 1990s.
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  • Had some great exhibits.Exceeded expectations in size & quality of exhibits. Fremont Indian Pit House Diorama was particularly interesting.  more »
  • We have passed this museum many times going to Salt Lake City, but this time we stopped. It is definitely worth it, especially if you have little ones. Really nice collection of local geological, pale...  more »
  • It's so hard to choose which side to go to first Dinosaurs or Native Americans? I love the area for the kids it's a place for learning while having fun.  more »
  • I mean there's a Utahraptor right when you walk in so of course it gets a high rating. It'll take one hour unless you have kids. Can't help you there. The non dinosaur exhibit was well done and the dinosaur exhibit was excellent. It is not big, but it is full of fascinating finds and some cool stuff such as a dinosaur head casting a terrifying Jurassic Park Raptor Scene esque shadow great for taking creative pictures.
  • It's awesome so come check it out
  • Great place to learn
  • It is really worth a stop if your in the area. Really cool exhibits.
  • Drove for hours, only to find a paper sign on the door "closed to due power outage" despite the fact that no other shop in the area was closed. If you wanted a day off, you have posted a note on the web-site. Good way to bring in those tourist dollars.