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Monte L. Bean Museum | BYU

(Last Updated On: May 17, 2021)

The Bean Museum at BYU is one of our favorite free adventures. We love walking through the museum and admiring all of the animal display. This museum houses many “stuffed” animals, and also has some fun interactive spots for kids. Our favorite thing to do is to catch one of the live animal shows.

This display will greet you as you enter the museum.
This display will greet you as you enter the museum.

As you enter the BYU Bean Museum, there is a welcome desk where you will need to pick up your parking permit. Everyone needs a parking pass to put in their vehicle, so don’t skip this part. There is a large display with African animals to view as you first enter the museum, and a large gift shop to shop in.

On the bottom floor, there are a few different areas to check out. There is a room filled with birds that we love. There is also a large section dedicated to the artwork of Boyd K. Packer, which also includes many carvings of birds. The insects section has some fun exhibits that our boys love, such as how a mosquitoes mouth works. Also, on the bottom floor, you can see the ocean animals and the rest of the African animals. Shasta, a liger from the Hogle Zoo, is on display here, so make sure to find her.

The birds are in beautiful new cases and their own room.
The birds are in beautiful new cases and their own room.
The butterfly is the same, and we still love it!
The butterfly is the same, and we still love it!
There were some new insect displays to learn from.
There were some new insect displays to look at.
There is a large room where most of the other exhibits either are located or connect on to.
There is a large room where most of the other exhibits either are located or connect on to.
The African display is almost exactly the same here.
The African display is almost exactly the same here.
Shasta the liger is still part of the Bean Museum.
Shasta the liger is still part of the Bean Museum.
Boyd K Packer made many carvings like this one and they are on display now at the Bean Museum.
Boyd K Packer made many carvings like this one and they are on display now at the Bean Museum.

Also on the bottom floors is a is a small play area for the children with a cave to crawl in and slide. This was a very popular place to play. There are some hands-on activities, too, where the kids can move ants through their tunnels.

The new play area is a lot of fun!
The new play area is a lot of fun!

Once you head upstairs, you will see lots of animals posed in more active situations. In the old museum, most of the animals were just lined up, but now they have them interacting and looking more alive if that is possible with dead animals.

The displays are more lifelike.
The displays are more lifelike.
Upstairs has lots of animals "in action." We love the natural light in this area.
Upstairs has lots of animals “in action.” We love the natural light in this area.

The new museum is much more open and light. The design is beautiful and we enjoyed being in the new Bean Museum.

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The Bean Museum is located on BYU Campus and has FREE admission. To find the Bean Museum, turn on the road just south of the Marriot Center (Phillips Lane). Follow it to the end and head left on 1550 N. You will pass the Bean Museum on your left, then turn into the parking lot adjacent to the museum. Park here, but make sure to get a parking permit to hang in your window for the duration of your visit. You don’t want to deal with the BYU parking police.

The BYU Creamery is right around the corner from the Bean Museum–you can get some great ice cream after your visit. Or if you want to see some animals that are alive, drive to the other side of campus and check out the BYU Botany Pond.

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