Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum
The Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum sits at the center of Dinosaurland, in Vernal, Utah. The Field House provides a step into the past for visitors of all ages to see and learn about real dinosaur fossils and what life was like in the Uinta Basin millions of years ago.
Dinosaurland, Utah has been a dinosaur hotspot for years, with many fossils and footprints being discovered here. The Field House Field House of Natural History State Park Museum was founded as a place to conduct paleontological research while also teaching and entertaining dino-enthusiasts about these prehistoric creatures.
There are a variety of interactive exhibits, displays, and activities available at the museum that are great for guests of all ages.
The Utah Field House Museum houses an extensive collection of dinosaur fossils from several different dig sites around Utah. Some of the main specimens include a 90-foot long Diplodocus skeleton, Stegosaurus, Brontotherium (Megacerops), and a near-complete Haplocanthosaurus lying beneath a towering Allosaurus!
Besides the complete dinosaur skeletons on display, museum guests can also try to spot different fossils still left within a stone wall exhibit. Look closely! It’s amazing to realize how much of the past can be found in the layers of geology right below our feet, especially in Dinosaurland, USA. There may be some dinosaur bones right beneath your feet!
The fossil exhibits are incredible enough on their own to make a trip to the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum well worth it! But there are even more unique attractions available that you don’t want to miss out on when you visit.
The Fossil Lab
At the Utah Field House, there is active paleontology research taking place, and you can see it happening. Check out the Fossil Lab viewing area, where you can see people working on real fossils. You may catch the live uncovering, preservation, or casting processes. It’s something you don’t see every day!
You can even do some fossil-finding yourself! The Morrison Dig exhibit lets visitors experience what it’s like to work on a real dig site. Grab a special brush and help remove the debris covering a deposit of bones.
Fluorescent Minerals Room
Along with the fossils found in Dinosaurland, this area of Utah also provides an incredible look into its geological history. Did you know there are special rocks that “glow” under UV light?
The Fluorescent Mineral room in the Utah Field House has a variety of rocks on display that appear plain and boring under normal light. But once you turn on the ultraviolet light, they radiate! You have to see it for yourself to truly appreciate it.
The museum also includes a theater, where guests can enjoy short educational films about paleontology, dinosaurs, and prehistoric Utah.
Besides these featured attractions, younger visitors will also enjoy the various puzzles, books, and other activities found throughout the field house.
Just outside of the field house museum is the famous Vernal Dinosaur Garden. This unique attraction contains 14 life-size models of dinosaurs set among local vegetation. Wandering through the Dinosaur Garden gives visitors an idea of what it might have been like to come across these giant creatures in their natural habitat. It’s breath-taking how big some of them actually were!
Field House Visitor Information
Location: 496 E Main Street, on the corner of Main Street (U.S. Highway 40) and 500 East in Vernal, Utah.
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 7 Days a week 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: $6 for adults, $3 for children and seniors; children 5 and under are free.
For more information, call 435-789-3799.
Want more dinosaurs? Don’t forget to also check out Dinosaur National Monument, just 15 miles away!