Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum, Provo

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The Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum is a natural history museum housed at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

The museum is named for Monte Lafayette Bean, a self-made Seattle-based magnate who entirely funded and paid for the museum building's construction. He also donated many of his own animal trophies to the collection. The Bean Museum opened on March 28, 1978, and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. It maintains collections of vascular and non-vascular plants, and invertebrate and vertebrate animals. Before 1978, it was known as the BYU Life Sciences Museum and did not have its own building. The Bean Museum now houses the Liger Shasta who lived at the Hogle Zoo from when she was born on May 6, 1948, till when she died, on July 12, 1972.
Admission to the three-story museum is free of charge and over 100,000 unique visitors come to see the over 2 million specimens of insects, plants, reptiles, fish, shells, and birds.
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  • Nothing can beat free right? Super fun, they have a giant elephant and a butterfly mural. Cannot recommend more highly.  more »
  • It’s been years since I have been to this museum and decided to take my son. Very cool animals, so uniquely mounted and displayed. We loved all of the lions! We loved that it was free! We drove...  more »
  • This is such a cool place! It’s really interesting seeing all of the taxidermy. I’m not a big fan of killing animals for their skins, but my friend who works there told me that most of the exhibits are at least one hundred or two hundred years old, or the animal passed on naturally. Really neat way to raise awareness for animals, and it really increases your appreciation of animals.
  • It's a fun place to go. It is an wildlife museum, not a museum about beans. The remodel they did a few years ago really improved and updated things. It's free and there are cool animal shows sometimes (check the schedule). It's like going to the zoo, but without the smell.

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