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BYU Museum of Paleontology, Provo

Categories: Science Museums, Museums
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4/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web
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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  • A small but fun museum! Clear explanation of the history of many animal species and also beautiful skeletons of dinosaurs found in Utah. Recommended.
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  • While this is not a huge museum, it is great! I first went for a class, but loved it so much I took my family back at a later date. Even if you are not a dinosaur fan you will love this! My father is ...  read more »
  • Turn the corner from the entrance to this museum and an allosaurus is about to eat you. The number of full-sized and complete skeletons they've managed to cram into this small space is truly amazing. ...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Such a cool museum! If you can go on a special tour behind the glass and see the huge collection of artifacts, you should!
  • It's strange that I grew up nearby, but only heard about this place 5 years ago. Fun experience that's kind of hidden in plain sight.
  • 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.
  • It's underwhelming and small. I like dinosaurs a lot, but this museum is pretty tiny.
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