Utah Field House of Natural History State Park, Vernal

4.6
Must see · Natural History Museum · Museum
The Park

The Utah Field House of Natural History has been an integral part of the community of Vernal and Uintah County for nearly 70 years. The museum, established in 1948, serves the purpose of collecting, conserving and preserving, studying, interpreting, assembling and exhibiting objects (collections) of scientific and historical significance to the public for its instruction and enjoyment. The museum, with its exhibits and collections, was first located at 235 E. Main, but little room was available for expanding programs, and in 2004 the museum was moved two blocks east to 496 E. Main, in a state of the art facility.



The museum exhibits, which include prehistoric garden models, provide an opportunity for visitors to experience the unique geological and paleontological story of the Uinta Basin and Mountains. The museum showcases the regions Mesozoic dinosaurs and Eocene fossils, and is a portal for the Flaming Gorge-Uintas National and Dinosaur Diamond Scenic byways.

The museum provides not only a fun and learning experience for visitors through its professional designed exhibits, but also provides visitor information on the area, items in the museum store for purchase, scientific and education programs for school groups and other individuals. In addition, the museum also is used as a community center for events, meetings, and some birthday parties.

Our programs and collections form a marvelous partnership as each promotes and strengthens the others value. Programs are designed around the uniqueness of the collection, and collections provide the heart for the programs. The museum staff that is devoted to interpreting the natural history, brings to visitors and students alike a deeper appreciation and understanding of the specimens value.
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  • We took our grandkids (boys age 7,5,and 2) here for a weekend visit. This was by far our favorite part of the trip. First off, the field house seemed to practice Covid precautions quite well...  more »
  • Worth a visit if you are in the area- geared towards kids but interesting to all ages. Try to go before you visit Dino National monunment.  more »
  • We LOVED the museum. Inexpensive for the things you get to see and touch. My kid loved the outdoor courtyard with the mammoth and Dinosaur statues. I recommend watching the film in the beginning as...  more »
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  • A hidden gem. Just a lot to explore and some great exhibits especially for the kids (and the kids at heart) to enjoy. Definitely highlights the unique aspects of Vernal, the dinosaurs, the geology and Ute Indians. I do wish they had more on the Utes. The dinosaur garden had some great photo opts.
  • Great gem of a museum. The gardens are well kept and the sculptures interesting. The displays inside are up to date and managed by visitors of all ages. Large kids exploring area and fossils you can touch through out.
  • If your kids are crazy into dinosaurs or you just think this would be a cute stop... You NEED to go here. There are so many hands-on activities for kids, including a cute workbook that when completed you get a nice patch. The gift shop is really nice, and the displays are awesome. I would definitely recommend this place to others!
  • This place was fun and definitely worth the money. The customer service was pretty bad, would be 5 stars if not for that. Definitely a fun place to check out with the kiddos!
  • One of the most interesting exhibits I've ever been to. I'd love to go back and spend more time learning about the different rock. The dinosaurs are great.

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