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“Lots of information in a little museum” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Utah State University Eastern Prehistoric Museum

Utah State University Eastern Prehistoric Museum
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Price
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Owner description: This museum has a Hall of Archaeology, and a Hall of Paleontology as well as a delightful Discovery Area where children can dig for dinosaur bones , play in a pithouse or choose from many games, puppets and printed materials. The museum's Observation Labs enable the visitor to view the "behind the scenes" processes and speak one-on-one with a preparator. LIVE feedings of the museum "critters", an alligator, soft-shelled turtle and a monitor lizard takes place every Friday promptly at 4:00 pm. (General admission fees apply).
Durango
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80 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Lots of information in a little museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2013

There are many interesting exhibits and information centers about Utah's past in this little museum. They are working on updating exhibits and are very willing to answer questions.

Visited August 2013
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Albuquerque
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65 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Very Interesting - Needs Much More Money!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2013

This is well worth a stop! The museum is divided into archaeology and paleontology halves and both have excellent collections on display. The archaeology side concentrates on the local Fremont Culture and has many unique items. The paleontology is more state-wide but emphasizes items from the nearby Cleveland-Lloyd dinosaur site. Both sides have good and informative exhibit labels and should appeal to all ages. The open lab concept is well done here. The gift shop is quite good, especially in books and learning materials. Like many smaller museums this one is a bit dated but they are making serious and concerted efforts to update and improve their exhibits. One suspects that their major problem is available funds, so donate if you can!

Visited July 2013
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Detroit, Michigan
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219 reviews
105 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
“A must see if you are driving through this area”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2013

Well worth the money, for this museum. The actual pieces that they have on display rival those of the Chicago and other museums. Raptors, footprints from the Utah coal mines, newly discovered bones less than 10 years ago! Tons of stuff to hold my interest, that's for sure. 2 floors---also highlight the fremont and Anasazi peoples and their mark left in this area of the state. Clean indoor bathroom (very rare---even the National Parks don't have those!) and small gift shop.

Visited June 2013
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Sun City, CA
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13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Prehistoric Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2013

Very informative with wonderful displays!Full size actual prehistoric creatures completely assembled and some in the works.

Visited May 2013
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Binghamton, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“A spoonful of dinosaurs makes the archaeology go down”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2013

This museum might not be the biggest in Utah with dinosaurs and it's not exactly in prime tourist territory unless you are driving between Moab and Salt Lake City, but it is well worth visiting. It has a really solid collection of dinosaur bones and skeletons, an open lab, and terrific exhibits on the development of dinosaurs in Utah. Great stuff - the kids will love it. BUT, the real secret to this museum is the other half, with the collection of pottery, woven goods, baskets, etc. of Utah's native peoples, back to the earliest excavations, explained and handled with great attention to detail and context. There are also exhibits about Utah's first 'collectors' - many of whom were early settlers and ranchers and who, as the museum explained, were in it for 'the stuff' and being amateurs, did not handle the items with a lot of attention to detail, location or context. This limits understanding of what they collected but at least they collected the items and did not destroy them. Fascinating look at early Utah and early amateur archaeologists in Utah (fans of Indiana Jones will recognize the passion of these people).

Visited June 2013
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