The BYU Museum of Peoples and Cultures is a small museum at BYU and they have moved to a new location at 2201 N Canyon Rd. This small museum houses exhibit about ancient peoples and cultures throughout the world. There are often different exhibits rotated in and out, and we love the scavenger hunts for kids.
Inside there is a small office and classroom to the side as you walk in. You might want to stop in here and ask about the current scavenger hunts, especially if you don’t see any set out near the front of the museum. You will also turn in your scavenger hunt here for a prize before you leave (it was a sticker when we last visited).
We walked through the museum in about 20 minutes. It doesn’t take too long, but we saw some interesting displays of pottery, fishing tools, and Kachina dolls. Our boys were really interested in a large tablet carving from Mexico. They have different exhibits that come and go, as well as their permanent collection. So you can visit every month and find different items on display.
Our kids didn’t want to read many of the signs, so we were able to move through the museum quickly. They just enjoyed looking at the the different artifacts and display, and I tried to help them understand a little bit more about them from my reading of the signs. Older kids and adults would definitely spend longer time here. But we like giving our boys the chance to see and learn about different cultures.
This museum is FREE and it’s small so it’s a great one to take small children to for their first experience of visiting the museum. The museum also has hosts different events throughout the year, so check their website or Instagram page for updates. BYU has 5 other museums that are great to pair with a stop at the BYU Museum of Peoples and Cultures. Our favorites are the Bean Museum or the BYU Museum of Paleontology. We also love grabbing ice cream at the BYU Creamery.