Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum
|Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum|
|Utah State Park|
Reconstruction of a Stegosaurus skeleton in the Utah Field House of Natural History's Jurassic Hall
|- elevation||5,300 ft (1,615 m) |
|Area||2 acres (1 ha)|
|Management||Utah State Parks|
|Visitation||44,290 (2011) |
|IUCN category||V - Protected Landscape/Seascape|
The Utah Field House of Natural History State Park consists of a 22,000-square-foot (2,000 m2) structure on a 2-acre (8,100 m2) property. The museum displays prehistoric geological, anthropological, and natural history items found near the Uinta Mountains and within the Uinta Basin.
The Geology Hall displays algae, dinosaur, and mammal fossils spanning more than 600 million years of history. There are also artistic representations of these life forms along with paintings of the geology of the region.
The Anthropology Hall features the human history of the area. This includes Fremont Indian artifacts along with reproductions of local petroglyphs. There are also more modern Ute handicrafts and other cultural items.
The Natural History Hall contains examples of animal life native to the area, arranged along a mural of the local environment spanning from the higher altitudes of the Uinta Mountains down to the lower Uinta Basin.
Outside the museum is the Dinosaur Garden, which features 17 full-sized prehistoric animal replicas from the Pennsylvanian through the Pleistocene epochs on the Geological time scale. Highlights include a twenty-foot Tyrannosaurus, a Stegosaurus, and two Moschops. The majority of these items were created by sculptor Elbert Porter, and were purchased in 1977 for the Field House. The newest addition, obtained by the museum in 1993, is a model of a Coelophysis made by artist David Thomas.
In 1945, the Utah State Legislature approved building a state-owned natural history museum in Vernal. This was a result of efforts by the local Lions Club and others. This museum was to house and display fossil remains of ancient life, along with other natural history items. Funding was made available in 1946, and the museum opened in 1948. Since that time, it has hosted millions of visitors.
- "Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum: About the Park". Utah State Parks. Retrieved 2011-02-11.
- "Utah State Park 2011 Visitation". Utah State Parks Planning. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
- "Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum". Utah State Parks and Recreation. Retrieved 2011-02-11.
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