Monday, July 18, 2016

BYU Monte L. Bean Museum

 A free, fun and indoor attraction is found at the Bean Museum on BYU campus. Don't let the outdated outside building fool you - BYU has recently remodeled the entire museum and it is pretty swell. The very first thing to do when you arrive, is to get a free parking pass from the information desk - without one, BYU police will ticket your vehicle. Then roam around as long as you'd like.

There are displays on the different types of insects - which my boys found fascinating.

But the real treat, I think, is upstairs and the displays on animals with many, many stuffed real ones! These stuffed giraffes are almost as high as we are on the second floor!  

This stuffed elephant commands an entire room to himself. Mighty impressive!

 There is also a children's play area with slides and fun things to do to get wiggles out before viewing the rest of the exhibits.

The fish/coral reef exhibit was quite life-like. I almost wanted to hold my breath. And if you look closely, by the conch shell, you can spy an orange Easter egg. During different holidays, the museum hides trinkets for children to find.

The information panels provide interesting facts and tips for all of us to help preserve the beautiful planet.

You can also reserve (for free) a reptile show! It was pretty fun to join this group and all of my children liked guessing and touching each of the different reptiles.

  • Take the I-15 to exit 269 (University Parkway) and turn east. Travel about 4.4 miles to 450 east street and turn right. Before the traffic lights, turn left and go up a small hill past the Marriott Center and the museum is on your left. Please park on the north side of the museum and remember to get a parking pass from the front desk. 
  • Open:
  •  Monday - Friday 10am - 9pm 
  • Saturday - 10am - 5pm
  • closed Sunday 

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