Small Museum - Big Stories

Now Open

Welcome to the Moab Museum:

We are thrilled to be open again with increased hours and visitation access. We are open Tuesday-Saturday from noon-8pm. Appointments are no longer required, however COVID precautions including masks, social distancing, and a reduced capacity for visitors in the building are still in place. We look forward to seeing you to the Museum soon!

Special Exhibit

The Transcontinental railroad

Two collections from the Utah Division of Arts and Museums:

A World Transformed:

The Transcontinental Railroad in Utah

Utah Central Railroad – Construction
Detail of Utah Central Railroad engine on bridge over the Weber River, circa 1870.

Through Toil and Labor:

The Forgotten History of Utah’s
Chinese Railroad Workers

Central Pacific Railroad – Construction
Classified Collection, print 12
Utah State Historical Society
Central Pacific Railroad – Construction Classified Collection, print 12 Utah State Historical Society

2021 Season

Tuesdays with the Museum

Our Spring 2021 Tuesdays with the Museum speaker series has concluded. We look forward to announcing the Fall 2021 events lineup soon!

A live storytelling & events series held on Zoom and Facebook Live.These events are free and open to the general public.

The Story of the Moab Museum

As Moab prospered in the late 1950s, civic leaders decided to establish a museum where locals and visitors could learn about the landscape, earliest life forms, indigenous peoples, pioneers, and prospectors. The Women’s Literary Club established the Southeastern Utah Society of Arts and Science as a nonprofit corporation in 1957 under which the Museum opened. A county facility became the Museum’s first home and featured the archeological collections of Dr. J.W. “Doc” Williams and Ross Musselman. By the mid-1980s, businessman and philanthropist Dan O’Laurie helped fund and construct the Museum’s current home that is named in his honor. Today’s Moab Museum remains a small museum with big stories.

Oral Histories

The Storylines:

The People. The Land. Today. Tomorrow

The People: Profiles

Lydia Taylor Skewes

“My people came to the little Grand Valley in wagons and forded the Colorado River, and I’ve flown in jet planes.” A daughter of one of the earliest families to settle in Moab, Lydia Skewes grew up watching Moab grow up...

Hidden Valley load basket

The basket dates to 885-1020 A.D. and likely was used by Ancestral Puebloans to carry items such as food and small children.

MM Buck Rodgers Geiger Counter

Buck Rogers Geiger counter

By the 1960s, radiation detection technology had advanced to produce an updated version of the 1950s Babbel Model 600A.

Wiren Femur

Wiren Femur

These hind leg bones belonged to a possibly 70-foot long sauropod weighing more than 25 tons. The femur had been buried in an ancient river deposit and migrated to water level in a modern river.

100 million years ago

100 Million Years ago

At this time in the Cretaceous Period, much of western North America was inundated with a large seaway. Portions of the Colorado Plateau were repeatedly underwater during Earth’s long geologic history, as we see from the sediments and aquatic fossils preserved throughout the region.