Small Museum - Big Stories

A cultural and natural history museum dedicated to sharing the rich stories of the Moab, Utah and greater Canyonlands region through Exhibits, Programs, and Community Events.

Weaving Tradition in Navajo Culture

This exhibition is on display at the Moab Museum beginning in mid-June with an opening reception for Members at 6:30 PM on Thursday, June 22. The People's Tapestry features contributions from the Utah Division of Arts and Museums’ traveling exhibition, Weaving the Future. The People’s Tapestry is designed to celebrate the local Navajo community by highlighting their weaving tradition, share the storytelling and spiritual roots of weaving, and nod to the traditions that are still alive today.

The exhibition will be on display through the Winter of 2023. 

Current Exhibition at Dead Horse Point State Park

Spirit and Grit

Ranching in Canyonlands

Thousands of years of human history have unfolded across the Dead Horse Point State Park landscape. The Park's name originates from its storied ranching history. One legend claims a group of cowboys cornered a herd of wild horses on the point. The horses, in a frenzy of exhaustion and thirst, could see and smell the water below and leapt to their deaths.


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.

Mammoth Tusk

Mammoth Tusk

Found nearby in Professor Valley, this fossil provides an exciting peek into this region during the last Ice Age when mammoths thrived.

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.