|This regional museum tells
the story of Moab and Grand County's past, from prehistoric
and Ute Indian artifacts to the explorations of Spanish missionaries.
Photos and artifacts show pioneer Moab life, much of which
centered around ranching or mining. The museum also features
an extensive rock and mineral display and massive bones from
Southeastern Utah Is renowned for its spectacular landscape
and its archaeological wonders. The Moab area is rich in history
as well. This museum offers many exhibits that will help visitors
understand and appreciate all that can be seen in our area.
Moab Valley is a collapsed salt anticllne. It was formed when
a thick layer of salt underlying more recent formations dissolved,
resulting in the collapse of those formations. Graphic displays
show the evolution of a salt valley, the Moab fault and the
stratigraphy of the region. A fascinating paleontology exhibit
includes dinosaur tracks and a femur.
For many centuries, the Archaic peoples, followed by the Anasazi
and Fremont, lived here, leaving behind their earthen pit houses
and Intriguing rock art. Prehistoric tools, textiles, pottery,
and jewelry are on display, as well as a model pit house and
a large burden basket discovered In Moab Valley by three teenagers
In 1990. There is also a display of Ute artifacts, including
rare ceramic pieces.
During the 1950s, Moab was the center of a uranium boom. The
mining and mineralogy exhibits explain where uranium is found,
how deposits are formed, shows minerals found in the Moab area,
and displays historic mining tools.
The Pierson History Hall contains artifacts of historic Moab.
Here you can see a map of the Old Spanish Trail, railroad relics,
a 1907 Moab kitchen, early blacksmith tools, and the switchboard
that handled all telephone calls until the 1950s.
The Canyon Legacy, official publication of the museum, has
many articles of historical and archaeological Interest. It
can be purchased at the front desk.
Additional Information relating to the museum can be found
on the Moab Area Travel Council's website at www.discovermoab.com/museums.htm.
Summer (April 1 - October 31)
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Monday-Friday)
12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Saturday-Sunday)
Winter (November 1 - March 31)
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Monday-Friday)
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Saturday-Sunday)
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Days