As we passed through Price this week, we made a stop at the Prehistoric Museum in Price that is run by the College of Eastern Utah (CEU). This museum is divided into two sections. The west side of the museum is the Paleontology wing, and it’s focus is on dinosaurs and fossils (obviously). There are lots of different displays of fossils and dinosaur information, but honestly the best part of this section is the kid play area. There is a small sand dig area similar to Thanksgiving Point’s Dinosaur Museum. There is a station with books, puzzles, and other activities to do at a table. There is a small climbing area shaped like a kiva. And best of all there are some live animals here who are the relatives of dinosaurs. There is a tank with an alligator and a soft-shelled turtle. Our boys spent most of our time in this area.
On the east side of the museum, the focus changes to Archaeology. You will find lots of pots and other artifacts from the Ancestral Pueblans. There is a tipi set up that the kids can enter and sit in. They also have an exhibit that shows what the inside of their house would have looked like and every item is labeled. Other than the ancient artifacts, there are displays of Ice Age animals such as a wooly mammoth and a saber-toothed cat. This side doesn’t have the hands on activities like the dinosaurs, but we enjoyed the artifacts and displays here, as well.
This museum costs $6/adult, $3/child age 2 and up. They have a family rate which we used to enter the museum. The Prehistoric Museum is located at 155 E Main St. in Price, Utah. If you take Highway 6, you will see lots of signs pointing you in the right direction.