Welcome to the Museum of Moab

We offer fascinating exhibits on:

Geology -
the story of the earth’s evolution, culminating in the wonders of the Moab landscape visible today

Paleontology -
the remnants of the massive dinosaurs who once roamed the area of Moab

Archaeology -
the lives and crafts of the early inhabitants of the Moab and Four Corners region

Pioneer History -
the saga of the settlers who came to the Moab Valley in the late 19th century

Mining -
the tale of the search for riches and the legendary “Uranium Boom” of the mid-twentieth century

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Bird's Eye View: Aerial Photos of the Moab Area, 1939-1976

 

These photos, taken from airplanes over a period of nearly four decades on either side of Moab's main growth period, show the changes in the town and the surrounding landscape.

 

Fran and Terby Barnes Gallery at the Museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New for 2015!

Dinosaur Tracks of Moab Paleontology Tours

 

On this day-long tour from the heart of Moab, Utah, we will visit the best of the best for tracks left by dinosaurs in the red rock canyon country of eastern Utah. We will visit some of the most spectacular of Moab's many dinosaur footprint sites of the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, seeing tracks left by carnivorous and herbivorous giants on ancient lakeshores, river sandbars and in inter-dune oases! Bring a camera and be prepared to walk where dinosaurs roamed millions of years ago, all amid the spectacular scenery eastern Utah.

 

Dates: May 29, June 26, July 31, August 28

$125 per participant - includes lunch, transportation from Museum of Moab to all sites, handouts and tour by a professional paleontologist

 

Note: This is a partnership tour with Canyonlands Field Institute and the Museum of Western Colorado. Tour participants meet at Museum of Moab, 118 East Center St., Moab, UT 84532, at 8:30 am.

 

For more information and to register go to:

https://www.museumofwesternco.com/dino-digs/dinosaur-tracks-of-moab/

 

 

 

Mi Vida Mine Marker

An official monument on the highway near near Moab, Utah, to note the location of the Mi Vida mine, and the legacy of the uranium boom

Southern Utah was profoundly affected by the early Cold War and by the government’s need to develop a domestic supply of uranium. The Colorado Plateau has one the richest deposits of the element anywhere in the world and – inspired by federal bonuses and a sense of patriotism – thousands of amateur prospectors from around the United States resettled in the vicinity of Moab in an attempt to develop new mines in the early 1950s. One of these men got extremely lucky: 31-year-old geologist Charlie Steen found a vein of uranium at a place he called Mi Vida. The discovery received lavish international press coverage and inspired even more to join the hunt. The mining was occasionally reckless and without meaningful safety protocols. At least six hundred miners suffered disease and early death because of the radioactivity.

Surprisingly, there is no monument anywhere in Utah to commemorate this significant chapter in state history. A committee of residents is seeking to change that. Funds are now being raised to erect a permanent iron marker on state school trust land near the Lisbon Valley ridge on the eastern side of U.S. 191, about seven miles away from the site of the mine but visible to traffic on the federal highway.

The monument will commemorate and honor the entire uranium legacy – both positive and negative -- in Southern Utah and not merely Mi Vida. It is only appropriate that it stand near the spot in the red rock country that triggered such a transformative era, which is all-too-invisible today to the casual visitor.

Donations for the project may be mailed to the Museum of Moab, 118 East Center St., Moab, UT 84532. Checks should note "Mi Vida Marker" in the notation line.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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