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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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  • My 2 teenage daughters enjoyed coming here with their dinosaur obsessed dad. The viewing gallery for the work room was particularly fascinating for them. Getting to see fossil preparation in action wa...  more »
  • This is a very small museum, but it's well put together and informative. It will probably take the average person about 30 minutes to go through. If you've got kids, perhaps a bit longer. There is a f...  more »
  • This museum is fascinating for adults as well as for kids of all ages. It is not a very large museum, but what it lacks in size it makes up in the quality of the displays. Whether you have a few minut...  more »
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  • 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!
  • Really nice information given about dinosaurs for my homework assignment but I honestly think that this museum is way to small to be a museum. They could make it better by also display the dinosaur bones under the LaVell Edwards Stadium. Also, making the museum bigger.
  • This is one of my favorite museums in the valley. Although small, it has fossils from the most recognizable dinosaurs including T-Rex and Triceratops skulls (huge!). It is also very educational, having displays with the history of Paleontology, facts about the dinosaurs, as well as large colorful murals on the walls. Excellent place for kids.
  • Small, but loaded with fossils. Super fun for my 4 year old who likes dinosaurs. FREE!
  • Most people probably don't know that this place exists. It's pretty cool but I honestly don't go very often. I believe there are some semi-interactive activities you can do here. Worth checking out for a family home evening or something.