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Utah Field House of Natural History State Park, Vernal

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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 thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the museum. It's a must before (or after) you visit Dinosaur National Monument. For anyone interested in dinosaurs, kids included, you will learn a lot about... 
    We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the museum. It's a must before (or after) you visit Dinosaur National Monument. For anyone interested in dinosaurs, kids included, you will learn a lot about...  more »
  • We planned to travel through Vernal, Utah on our way to skiing in Colorado. We were interested in going to the Dinosaur National Monument a few miles east of town and wanted to stay nearby. We... 
    We planned to travel through Vernal, Utah on our way to skiing in Colorado. We were interested in going to the Dinosaur National Monument a few miles east of town and wanted to stay nearby. We...  more »
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  • Very interesting museum. Brought my 5 year old daughter and she really enjoyed all the exhibits. Her favorite where seeing all the different rocks and checking what area of the map they were found. The garden was beautiful as well. Big plus on the kids room where they could seat and play with dinosaur toys; my daughter needed the rest and liked playing. Will probably visit again before leaving Utah.
  • Super cool exhibits take you from end of time to the other. Kids loved it, very chill walk through prehistory. You get to see fossils from Precambrian, Cenozoic, JURASSIC and all points in between. Super clever layout, make sure you go the right way though, for some reason we started at the top, you should start at the first floor with the video and work your way up. Just right if the brachiosaurus neck, then it takes you through a dig site and a journey through a time portal. Very fun for kids and fans of paleontology or geology. Free parking, gift shop, friendly staff.

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