Monday, May 30, 2016
We visited three of the four free museums located on the BYU campus. They’re so small that it’s easy to view all of them in one afternoon.
Bean Life Science Museum 40.25389, -111.64707
As much as the exhibits in this museum focus on conservation and habitat restoration it’s impossible to ignore the fact that most of the mounted animals are obviously trophy kills. Since the animals are the main attraction and viewing them is sad and painful, we spent very little time in the museum. Everything is accessible.
Museum of Peoples and Cultures 40.26307, -111.65689
Two small rooms make up the whole museum so even though the exhibits are interesting it only takes about 1/2 hour to see all of it. Everything is accessible.
Museum of Paleontology 40.2561, -111.65689
This is the largest of the three with the most displays which include dinosaur bones, fossilized fish and fossilized plants, all collected by Dr. James A. Jensen and his crews. Jensen was an interesting man of many talents. He was a high school dropout, an artist, sculptor, house framer, machinist, welder, and paleontologist who worked at BYU for 23 years. He was granted an honorary doctorate in 1971.
RVs are not permitted in the campus visitor parking lots but each of the museums has a dedicated lot with enough room for RVs. There’s also a large lot behind the Museum of Paleontology where RV parking is allowed. It’s about 1/2 mile to each of the other museums from this lot. We did not visit the Museum of Art because of road construction.