Utah Museums

Visit museums in Salt Lake City an Vernal for planetariums, dinosaur history, and western heritage exhibits.
Utah Field House Dinosaur Garden in Vernal. Photo by InSapphoWeTrust

Utah Field House Dinosaur Garden in Vernal. Photo by InSapphoWeTrust from Los Angeles, California, USA (Dinosaur National MonumentUploaded by russavia) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Vernal, Utah

In northeastern Utah, the town of Vernal has an exciting array of museums that display everything from dinosaurs to Western frontier history.

Start your day at the famous Dinosaur National Monument. It is located along the Utah-Colorado border. The Utah portion, located just outside Jensen, is home to the famous quarry where a large number of dinosaur bones were found and are still on display.

Its Stegosaurus model was built for the New York World's Fair of 1964. Now it is a prop for the visitor center; the visitor center, and the quarry nearby, had been completely rebuilt and re-opened in October 2011. The quarry's dinosaurs are 149 million years old, and include the Stegosaurus, though it is not the dominant species here; the most common species here is Camarasaurus, large plant-eating sauropod.

In town, don’t miss the new Utah Field House of Natural History State Park MuseumDaughters of the Utah Pioneer Museum and the Western Heritage Museum.

Salt Lake City

At the Utah Museum of Natural History, on the campus of the University of Utah, you can take a journey through Earth’s natural wonders, enjoy collections of dinosaurs, Native American artifacts, rocks and minerals, plus exhibits specific to the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau. Also on campus is the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, showcasing an extensive collection of world art.

Explore the Universe at Clark Planetarium, located in downtown Salt Lake. Experience the five-story, 3D IMAX Theatre, the 360-degree Hansen Dome Theatre, and the various exhibits in this 10,000-square-foot space. Be sure to visit the Planet Fun Clark Planetarium store for great science gifts. Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas days, only.

Northwest Utah

Located on 30 acres at the northwest corner of Utah’s Hill Air Force Base, the Hill Aerospace Museum features more than 70 military aircraft, missiles and aerospace vehicles, including an SR-71 “Blackbird” spy plane. Don’t miss one of largest aerospace museums in the United States.


Idaho Museum of Natural History

Idaho Museums

Visit the Rexburg Teton Flood Museum and the Idaho Museum of Natural History.

Trail End State Historic Site, Sheridan, Wyomin

Wyoming Museums

Great museums to visit on your Yellowstone vacation from the Buffalo Bill Historical Center to the Teton Flood Museum and everything in between. Wyoming museums in Casper, Meeteetse, Cheyenne, Gillette, Evanston, Dubois, and Jackson Hole.

Dinosaur at the Museum of the Rockies. Courtesy photo

Jurassic Discoveries at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman

Jack Horner grew a dinosaur collection into one of the biggest in the country, but few know the story of the pioneering woman who co-founded the museum.

Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming. Courtesy photo

Top Museums - 6 On the Way Plus 2 Inside Yellowstone

Get out of the car and learn something at these amazing museums on the way to the park. Plus... two museums inside Yellowstone.

Posing for a selfie at the Idaho Potato Museum

Idaho Potato Museum Southwest of Yellowstone

Get a great selfie next to a giant potato and discover the stories behind this unsung hero of a vegetable including VP Dan Quayle's potato incident.

A young visitor experiments with one of Archimedes's creations at the Museum of Idaho

Museum of Idaho in Idaho Falls

On the way to Yellowstone, encounter  world-changing inventions by a Greek mathematician.

Old Bedlam at Fort Laramie National Historic Site, where bachelor officers lived. Photo by Jim Bowen via Flickr

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Visit forts, monuments, historic buildings, and battlegrounds of the old west in Wyoming, Montana, Utah, and Idaho.

Mountain Chickadee in Wyoming

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The beautiful trumpeter swans are the largest North American waterfowl and the world’s heaviest flying birds. Great birding abounds in Wyoming, Utah, Montana, and Idaho

Carissa Mine in South Pass City by m01229

Visit an old Mine near Yellowstone

Go underground to uncover Wyoming, Montana and Idaho’s gold and silver rush history with a visit to a historic mine.