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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  • Great activity to do with young children 5 years and older. Small museum but lots of great dinosaurs and fossils. Fun day!  more »
  • 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 »
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  • This place was great. We spent well over an hour. If your kids are in to dinosaurs - they will love this place. No, it is not huge - but the specimens they have are really great. There are a lot of well known dinosaurs as well as some that are less well known. There is also a window into the lab where they excavate specimens from the field.
  • Although fairly small, there is lots to explore if you have curious children. The staff was helpful with questions and we loved watching them work through the viewing window.
  • The staff here is friendly and informative. They're always polite and passionate about the exhibits. Always a good time!
  • Hidden gem on campus. Worth visiting for a half hour when you have the chance.
  • 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.

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