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 Arrange your visit to BYU Museum of Paleontology and discover more family-friendly attractions in Provo using our Provo trip planner.
BYU Museum of Paleontology Reviews
This BYU museum is a miniature gem. The collection of fossils is diverse and well organized. I enjoyed the focus on prehistoric life in Utah including some of the fearsome predators that roamed the..... more »
ibThis is a world class Paleontology Museum that is not to be missed if in Utah County, albeit it is not large. The rock exhibit near the entrance is worth a visit all on its own. One also learns... 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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