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Current Exhibits

Lichens of BYU Campus

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BYU is teaming with more than just student life. Learn about the world of lichens on BYU Campus with this walking tour. The lichenology class taught by Dr. Steve Leavitt created this BYU Lichen Tour. Explore campus with a new lens!

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Exhibit Videos

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Browse a collection of videos that go more in-depth on the various exhibits found at the museum.

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2019 Photography Show

Available Online  

The 2019 Photography show ran from February 7th thru March 5th.  Look for announcements about how to submit your photos for our 2020 Photography Show. 

Didn't get to see the exhibit in person? 

See the 2019 winners click below.

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Our Living Planet

East Center Atrium (Main Floor) 

This exhibit looks at the unique characteristics of planet Earth and how those characteristics sustain life on earth. It features the world’s largest, most accurate, fiberglass globe with the most current NASA Satellite images.

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Protect Your Planet

West Center Atrium (Main Floor) 

This exhibit features threatened, endangered, and extinct life forms and some of the causes for their struggle to survive. It also includes the full mount elephant that previous visitors will remember fondly as well as a specimen of the extinct passenger pigeon.

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Quest for Knowledge

Southwest Alcove (Main Floor) 

Learn how we do science, why it is important and explore the research collections and projects going on at the Bean Museum. We also want to know why you think science is important. Click on the link below to share your ideas.

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Our Sacred Stewardship

North Hallway (Main Floor) 

This exhibit teaches the inspired doctrine that defines our stewardship responsibilities related to the care and keeping of the earth and its sacred resources. It will feature a video based on interviews with faculty members from across campus explaining and testifying about why earth stewardship is so vitally important.

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EXPLORE THE PROVO RIVER: Protect Your Watershed

West Atrium (Main Floor) 

Explore the Provo River watershed by examining this 3D map, playing with data from actual aquatic monitoring stations, and reading about the wildlife that inhabit the various ecosystems along the river. This dynamic exhibit is brought to you by the Natural History Museum of Utah with support from iUtah and the National Science Foundation. To learn about the Provo River Delta Restoration project, click on the link below.

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Life on Top: Apex Predators

East Atrium (Upstairs) 

This exhibit features spectacular animal scenes gifted to the museum by George Brimhall. Visitors will explore the importance and characteristics of predators as they observe scenes displaying interactions between predators and their prey.

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Life Submerged

West Wall of West Atrium (Main Floor) 

This exhibit depicts both freshwater and marine ecosystems, highlighting a coral reef and a deep-sea thermal vent as well as a cross section through a river exploring “what you see” and “ what you don’t see.”

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Understanding the Principles of Evolution

North Wall of West Atrium (Main Floor) 

What is evolution? How do we observe it in the natural world? Understanding the Principles of Evolution is an exhibit which delves into the theory of evolution, the evidence for evolution, and how scientists use evolution to better understand life on Earth. Often misunderstood, evolution is a fascinating theory used by scientists to explain how life changes and adapts. 

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Because of Plants

South Wall of West Atrium (Main Floor) 

This 2-dimensional exhibit highlights the many critical roles plants play in supporting life on earth.  From the food we eat to the air we breathe!

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Why Insects

South Alcove (Main Floor) 

Test your knowledge of insects. Do they have 6 or 8 legs? See our famous butterfly made of butterflies. See how they eat and examine them up close with our SEM photographs.

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Into Africa: Exploring Nature's Interactions

North Alcove (Main Floor) 

Explore a variety of habitats and learn about some of the interesting interactions among Africa's wildlife. The animals in this exhibit can be identified using a tool called "identifyme" at the link below.

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Whooo Lives Here?

Northwest Alcove (Main Floor) 

This toddler play area teaches children about animal homes. 

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Fred & Sue Morris Bird Gallery

West Center Gallery (Main Floor) 

This collection features the waterfowl and pheasants of the world, donated by Fred and Sue Morris and includes more than 100 different kinds of birds.  This exhibit will highlight some of the interesting adaptations seen in the world of birds.

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Boyd K. Packer Gallery

East Center Gallery (Main Floor) 

This exhibit honors President Boyd K. Packer and features his wildlife art including animal carvings and paintings.

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Common Vertebrates of Utah

West Side (Downstairs) 

Visit the basement of the museum to see some common vertebrates of Utah. You will also see displays about how and why we collect specimens. Many of the birds in this exhibit can be identified using a tool called "identifyme" at the link below.

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