Utah State University Eastern Prehistoric Museum, Price

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The Prehistoric Museum, USU-Eastern, formerly known as the College of Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum, is a museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums located in Price, Utah. The museum seeks to promote public understanding of prehistory through interpretive exhibits, educational programs, collections, and research. The museum is located near many paleontological and archaeological sites in a region known as Castle Country, notably in the San Rafael Swell and nearby canyons throughout the Book Cliffs area such as Nine Mile Canyon and Range Creek Canyon.
The Prehistoric Museum was established in 1961 as a cooperative effort by the former College of Eastern Utah and the community of Price. On May 8, 1961, the Board of Regents established the museum. At that time, funding for the museum was supplied by the geology department at the college. The museum officially opened to the public on June 3, 1961, on the second floor of the Price Municipal Building in a small converted conference room. After expanding into the hallways of the City Hall it moved into the old city gymnasium in 1971.
In later years, the museum became an appropriated line item through the State of Utah. In 1990-91, the appropriation for the museum was greatly increased because of the tremendous expansion of the museum. A new addition was opened, later to become the Hall of Dinosaurs. Through these two separate expansions during its 45-year history, the museum has become a 25000sqft facility with another 6000sqft repository and paleontology preparation laboratory.
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  • I've been to a few other museums with fossils, this one is small but had some really unique dinosaurs. If Im ever in Price again i will definately go back.  more »
  • This museum might be small but they pack a lot of interesting stuff into a small area. They have everything from dinosaur bones to Native American art. Young kids will love it but for those a little.....  more »
  • Love the intimate feel to this hidden wonder. You use your cell phone for a guided audio tour explaining the exhibits. We went during the week and there were only a few others there making it an even greater experience. There are exhibits for all ages and a cute gift shop to find an inexpensive souvenir to take home. Great explanations for the dinosaurs and wonderful exhibits of the Native American culture. Definitely will come back again. Enjoy!
  • I absolutely loved each of my visits to this museum! They let me come and examine some artifacts I was researching and volunteered more information than I hoped to find. Extremely helpful and accommodating! Well worth your time!

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