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Hurricane Valley Heritage Park & Museum

(Last Updated On: May 25, 2016)

Hurricane Valley Heritage Park & Museum

There is a small museum in Hurricane that tells the history of the town and holds a few interesting items. This museum is called the Hurricane Valley Heritage Park & Museum, and there is a nice park to play at just behind it. A visit to this museum is perfect when you need a little slow time after the hustle-bustle of Zion National Park.

Hurricane Valley Heritage Park & Museum

The museum focuses primarily on the construction of the canal, which allowed water to enter the valley and towns to be built. The canal itself took 13 years to build and runs almost 8 miles from the Virgin River to the valley. Its construction was quite dangerous due to the terrain, and a few people died while building it.

Hurricane Valley Heritage Park & Museum

The museum is comprised of this large room, as well as 3 other smaller rooms.

Hurricane Valley Heritage Park & Museum

These chairs came across the plains with the pioneers and down to Hurricane.

Hurricane Valley Heritage Park & Museum

One room focuses on the Native American history in this area.

Some of the more famous pieces in this museum are focused around food. There is a piece of bacon that was fresh in the 1940s. It was found in a cellar many years later and moved to the museum. Even older than that is a piece of wedding cake that is over 100 years old. It didn’t look too edible! Our boys were excited when they saw that the person who made the wedding cake was from Grafton (since we had just visited the Grafton Ghost Town).

Hurricane Valley Heritage Park & Museum

That cake does NOT look appetizing!

Hurricane Valley Heritage Park & Museum

This is the story of that old wedding cake.

Hurricane Valley Heritage Park & Museum

This is the old bacon–it kind of made me look at bacon in a whole new light.

The museum is free, and there are also a few artifacts and displays on the surrounding grounds. We enjoyed wandering around the old farm equipment and covered wagons. There is also a nice memorial right in the middle of the outside display. We always enjoy learning more about the Utah pioneers and their history of settling throughout this great state.

Hurricane Valley Heritage Park & Museum

The grounds are quite beautiful.

Hurricane Valley Heritage Park & Museum

This memorial makes the museum easy to spot!

Hurricane Valley Heritage Park & Museum

Here is the story of how Hurricane got its name.

Plan to spend some time behind the museum, too.  There is a park with play equipment and a splash pad. There is also a nice grassy area to have a picnic. The play equipment is divided into two sections: a small toddler area, and a larger playground for the older kids. The splash pad was already in use in April, but in the hot summer months it would be the perfect place to cool off and let the kids splash around. There are also bathrooms at this park.

Hurricane Valley Heritage Park & Museum

The larger playground is fun for the big kids.

Hurricane Valley Heritage Park & Museum

The splash pad is small, but it will definitely cool you off.

Hurricane Valley Heritage Park & Museum

You can find the smaller playground on the opposite side of the park from the museum.

The Hurricane Valley Heritage Park & Museum is located right on the main road in Hurricane so it’s hard to miss (35 w. State Street in Hurricane).  If you need a place to unwind, this is a great park to visit.