BYU Museum of Paleontology

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In 1976, Brigham Young University created the Museum of Paleontology to prepare, display, and house the rock and dinosaur fossils collected by Dr. James A. Jensen and his crews. Dr. Jensen decades in field work gathering fossils from all over Utah, Colorado, Montana and Wyoming. As an odd side note, the collection was stored for years below the BYU football stadium, but the university eventually decided the collection needed a better home.

Now the 5,000 square foot museum and laboratory houses some of the most unique fossils in the West. As part of the BYU educational system, the Museum of Paleontology provides labs and hands-on learning to university students.

Approximately 25,000 visitors a year come here to see dinosaur fossils prepared, to touch real fossils, and to learn about paleontology. The museum features a replica of a 9-foot long triceratops skull from Montana, dinosaur bones found recently near Moab, a Cretaceous nest, dinosaur skeletons of a Camptosaurus, and a mural of the Utah-Colorado region in the Jurassic Period. In addition, there are also Utah fossils like pieces of the Utah raptor and complete specimens of the Utah State Fossil, the Allosaurus.

Happily, admission to the museum is free and the tour generally takes about an hour. However, please call ahead for hours or to schedule a guided tour — the museum follows the same holiday schedule as the university. Generally, the museum is open Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., when school is in session.

Address:
BYU Museum of Paleontology
1683 N. Canyon Road
Provo, Utah 84602-3300
Phone: 801-422-3680

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