BYU Museum of Paleontology, Provo

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The Brigham Young University Museum of Paleontology was started in 1976 around the collection of James A. Jensen. For many years, it was known as the BYU Earth Science Museum, and most of the collection was in storage under the Lavell Edwards Stadium.In October 2009, the museum held a grand opening of its new facilities during BYU homecoming week. With the 5000sqft addition, it now displays most of the collection. The change of name clarifies that the museum actually houses a large collection of dinosaur bones and other fossils.The museum is currently directed by Rodney Scheetz, who was one of Jensen's students at BYU. Its main purpose is to facilitate research, but it is open to the public.SourcesMuseum Information, BYU Museum of Paleontology, Brigham Young UniversityGeological Society of America brochure about the annual meeting at UVU which mentions plans for an excursion to the BYU Museum of Paleontology, including explanations of the museum's collection
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  • The Museum is small but has many interesting fossils to do, the only thing missing is someone who will help you with the explanation of each, or who are well detailed fossils, it is worthwhile to visit him
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  • Although this museum is very small they use their space well and it is packed with a lot of well- displayed stuff. It was late in the day or we might have stayed longer, but the half hour we were ther...  more »
  • My grandson enjoyed watching the students working in the lab. We also enjoyed the display of minerals as well as the dinosaur bones. The building is older, not in the best repair. The coolers are nois...  more »
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  • This little museum has amazing fossils! For a small donation you get to see a great diversity of fossils. Well organized, clearly displayed. This place is a winner.
  • Really a cool cool place, they have awesome awe inspiring, educational display, top notch paleontologist s that often take time to talk with visitors and staff that will give people a museum welcome and intro whenever asked for in advance. There's a glass wall at the back of the museum that will let spectators see Into the lab where the technicians prepare the bones, its a pretty cool experience, and they don't Evan charge you anything! They have a donation box near the museum entrance you can donate to, and trust me this museum worth your time and support, so bust out the car change if nothing else next time you plan a trip here, let's keep the good karma flowing, these people do alot of good work!
  • I don't know why we've never been here. It is on the smaller side, but chock full of amazing things! We had a blast!
  • This is a really fun place for both kids and grown ups. Lots of cool things. Just a little small.
  • What an awesome place to visit! To see all the displays without reading the information takes only 20 minutes or so, to read most the displays count on 45-60 minutes. As most the reviews agree, it is a small museum, but its a FREE museum so there shouldn't be any complaints. A good place to bring the kids, as well as to bring out the inner child. Love this place!

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