Small Museum - open by appointment

Big Stories - online

Welcome to the new Moab Museum:

We are thrilled to be able to invite Members and the general community to the Museum for appointment-only visits through November 13th. This will be a special opportunity to see the temporary exhibit, Howard Balsley: A Life on Paper, which will be on display until mid-November.

Out of an abundance of caution and concern for our community, we will be implementing a variety of measures to promote social distancing and ensure compliance with local COVID-19 regulations and recommendations, including asking visitors to limit their stay to one hour. We are accepting appointments for one group of ten or fewer people at a time from Tuesday through Friday from 3-8pm, plus from 9am-12pm on Wednesdays. To make an appointment, please call (435) 355-0918 or email

We also invite you to explore the Museum’s diverse stories and collections here on our website, where we will be adding more Big Stories regularly.

Coming Up:

Tuesdays with the Museum

A live storytelling & events series held on Zoom and simultaneously broadcast using Facebook Live. Events will begin at 6:30pm. 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.

Just Added:

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.

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

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

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.