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Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum

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Facility:Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum
Description:Step back in time as you walk through the dinosaur garden. Look up to a full-size replica of a 20-foot tall Tyrannosaurus with six-inch knife-like teeth or look down on a ferocious four-foot meat-eating Coelophysis. Seventeen life-size prehistoric animal replicas line the garden paths. Ancient fossil skeletal reproductions, archaeological and geological exhibits, fluorescent minerals and other natural history aspects of the Uinta Mountains and Uinta Basin are featured in the Utah Field House of Natural History museum.
Address 1:496 E Main
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Zip Code:84078
V I S I T I N G   I N F O
Hours:M-Sat: 9am to 5 pm
Admission:$6 for adults, $3 for children and seniors
Telephone:(435) 789-3799
Talona, Co-op Member
This mueseum is a wonder for kids and adults. The first thing you see as you approach the museum on the street is a primordial garden filled with life size and life like dinosaurs. Everything from smaller meat eaters and larger meat eaters, to plant eaters I have never seen before. A lifesize wooly mammoth hides in the shade to avoid the heat from the world of today. Inside the museum, the first thing you see is a skeleton of an allosaurus and then one of a plant eater that is jsut as big as the allosaurus. The floor of the main hall where these skeltons stand is tiled in a map of the Uintah basin showing all the rivers and topography of the area, quite a feat in workmanship to say the least. It is circular in shape and you follow a walkway up and around to the second part of the museum where there are interactive exhibits of minerals and then a pathway forward in time from the movie room. The movie is about 10 minutes and is set up similiar to a smaller IMax and you get an overview of the area and the fossils found. Once it is over the door opens and you are welcome to take all the time you want/need to explore the path of time. The museum also has a collection of Native American artifacts and petroglyph replicas and exhibits of animals of the area as well. This area is smaller but informative to say the least, leading you to explore the area around Vernal for petroglyphs carved into the sandstone all around the basin. This was a great field trip and even my 14 year old enjoyed it. The rangers were very pleasant and very informative and willing to answer all our questions about the Unitah basin and all fossils that are found within it and even to explain the topography of the area and how it was eroded. The Museum is a gem in all honesty. I have been to many and this is the first one in many, many years that for it's size and more remote location, rivals much larger and expensive ones in terms of interest for the visitor. There are an incredible number of things to see inside and out and we spent well over 2 hours exploring it. For an 11 year old autistic and a 14 year old to be so enthralled, it was excellent.
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