Museum Information

About the Museum

The BYU Museum of Paleontology was built in 1976 to prepare, display, and house the rock and dinosaur fossils collected by Dr. James A. Jensen and his crews. Over decades of field work, Dr. Jensen and crews gathered fossils from locations in Utah, Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming. For years, the vast collections of the unprepared field jackets were stored under the BYU football stadium. Now, with the new 5,000 square-foot addition, and years of laboratory preparation, nearly all of the fossils are kept at the museum in the collections room.

As part of the BYU educational system, the Museum of Paleontology provides labs and hands-on learning to university students. The museum is also a popular attraction for school groups throughout Utah. Each month school groups visit the ESM to take tours and learn more about ancient plants and dinosaurs. Approximately 25,000 visitors a year come here to see dinosaur fossils prepared, to touch real fossils, and to learn about paleontology.


From North of Provo 

  1. From I-15 Southbound, take the UNIVERSITY PARKWAY exit- EXIT 269
  2. Turn left on UNIVERSITY PARKWAY, go 4.1 miles
  3. Turn left onto N CANYON RD.,
  4. The Museum of Paleontology will be on your left at 1683 N CANYON RD.

From South of Provo 

  1. From I-15 Northbound, take the UNIVERSITY AVE / 1860 SOUTH exit- EXIT 263 go 1.8 miles
  2. Turn Right onto E UNIVERSITY PARKWAY, one block
  3. Turn Left onto N CANYON RD.
  4. The Museum of Paleontology will be on your left at 1683 N CANYON RD.

(Hint: We are located west of the LaVell Edwards Football Stadium.)


BYU Museum of Paleontology
1683 N. Canyon Road
Provo, Utah 84602-3300






Monday-Friday 9 AM to 5 PM
Closed on University Holidays
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Free. Donations are accepted.

Field Trips:

By Appointment