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.Use our Provo trip planner to add BYU Museum of Paleontology and other attractions to your Provo vacation plans.
In October 2009, the museum held a grand opening of its new facilities during BYU homecoming week. With the 5,000-square-foot (460 m2) 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.
BYU Museum of Paleontology reviews
Even though its a small museum, it has a ton of exhibits. We were pleasantly surprised of the items how they were displayed. A world class Paleontology museum. Worth the time to visit. more »
They have some amazing specimens from right here in Utah! Even one they found of a giant sloth under the local Walmart! You can watch volunteers clean fossils too. Less than an hour, small but full... more »
Gotta love the BYU "dinosaur museum." We have been coming to it since my first child was little (now 22). Let's start with the fact that there is no entry fee--awesome, but don't forget to leave a donation to support the program. It is kid friendly, never crowded, and always fun. Dinosaurs, rocks, and prehistoric fossils...what's not to like? This time we didn't get to see any of the students working in the lab but it's awesome when we have that opportunity.
The museum is really small (like 30 mins to go through it all pretty well), but it it's free (they do have a donation box), quiet, and clean. There are several large dinosaur skeletons and displays of ancient creatures in a variety of sizes. We can typically see somebody working on some bones through the large observation window, which my kids enjoy. Note: I don't that it is open on the weekend, and it closes at like 4 or 5pm on weekdays, so don't plan on an evening/weekend visit.
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