Great Basin Museum is located in the small town of Delta in western Utah. We stopped by the museum while we were in the area for the Snow Goose Festival.
This museum is small, but there are some pretty cool displays. Our boys loved the model train that represented the old railroad stop of Lynndyl just north of here. We also enjoyed the rock display, and Dad got 100% on naming the types of rock! In one small room, they turned off the lights and we could see the minerals in the rocks glow in two different wavelengths of light.
Another section filled with old tools also had a guessing game about what each tool was used for. We didn’t do as well there, but found out about some interesting things.
There were tons of old phones, typewriters, Victorolas, and other pioneer artifacts. They have a section with items from some of the wars, as well as a section with Native American artifacts. We also enjoyed looking at the replica of an old time store that was set up, especially the old cash registers. Our family enjoys talking with our kids about all of these old artifacts and helping them learn a little about the history of the state we live in.
The museum was free, but donations are appreciated. The staff walked through much of the museum with us, explaining and chatting about the history. They were so kind and friendly. If you’re in the Delta area, plan to spend about a half hour at Great Basin Museum. You can also find other ideas for the Delta area on our Things to do in Delta list.
Address: The Great Basin Museum is located at 45 W Main St in Delta. It is open Monday through Saturday. Visit their website for current hours.