About the Museum
Our museum is a hidden gem that visitors have compared favorably to some of the best and largest museums in the world!
- Ken Fleck
- Tim Gwyther
- Mike Leschin
- Charles Semborski
- Maurine Tanner
- Mark Bunnell
- Andrew Urbanik
- Bruce Burgess
- Dennis Willis
- Terry Willis
- Brad King
- Greg Dart
USU Eastern Associate Vice President
- Dr. Kenneth Carpenter
Lee Stokes (University of Utah) and Eldon Dorman (amateur archaeologist, Price) discuss Price City acquiring an Allosaurus skeleton as a tourist draw.
Special presentation to the Price Chamber of Commerce on "Dinosaur Land" to develop tourism in northeastern Utah. This builds on the discussion Dorman (who is a Chamber member) had with Stokes.
Letters go out from the Chamber of Commerce to various furniture stores seeking display cases for the Prehistoric Museum, which is on the second floor of the Price Municipal Building.
January 16, 1961
The Chamber of Commerce authorizes $2,250.00 to purchase an Allosaurus skeleton.
January 23, 1961
Carbon College, a branch of the University of Utah, accepts responsibility to develop a new museum. Don Burge (geology faculty) and students brainstorm a new museum. However, the local community continues to drive its development.
February 13, 1961
Dr. Claude Burtenshaw, Director of Carbon College, presents to the Board of Regents, of the University of Utah, a proposal to establish a geological museum.
May 8, 1961
University of Utah Board of Regents meet in Price and vote to officially accept the local community's museum project as "the Carbon College Prehistoric Museum."
June 3, 1961
The museum opens in a 1500 sq. ft. converted conference room on the second floor of the Price City Municipal Building. It features artifacts and fossils donated or loaned by the community. It also featured a large mural of Jurassic dinosaurs by the Carbon Art League freely modeled on Rudolph Zallinger's "The Age of Reptiles" featured in Life Magazine, September 7, 1953.
"Al", the Allosaurus goes on display in the hallway outside the museum.
October 14, 1963
County Commissioners discuss a new home for the Museum. The first Prehistoric Museum was located on the second floor of the Price City Municipal building (1964).
Carbon College becomes the College of Eastern Utah, but remains a part of the U of U until 1969, when it becomes an independent community college.
December 14, 1970
Proposal made by City Councilman Fausett for the Museum to move into the unused city gymnasium.
March 1, 1971
City and the College of Eastern Utah sign a Lease and Agreement giving the gymnasium to the museum for ten years. The College begins renovations a few months later.
Museum moves into the new facility at city gymnasium.
December 14, 1987
The lease for the gymnasium is extended through December 2013.
The City and College partner for funding from the Economic Development Agency and Community Impact Board to build a new wing.
Construction begins on the new wing.
April 13, 1990
The new Hall of Dinosaurs and Traveling Exhibition Gallery open.
June 1, 1991
Renovated Hall of Man opens (in the gymnasium section).
The museum receives the basement of the former Carbon County Hospital for a fossil preparation lab and collections storage. (The "Bone Lab").
Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM). Museum becomes a State and Federal repository of archaeological and paleontological materials.
Museum exhausts available space for exhibits, specimen/artifact preparation, and storage.
January 31, 2004
Museum explores expansion with a new wing.
The Museum becomes a part of Utah State University.