Small Museum - Closed

Big Stories - online

Welcome to the new Moab Museum:

With an abundance of concern for our community, visitors, staff and volunteers, the Museum has delayed the planned April 1 opening indefinitely. While our doors remain closed, we invite you to explore the Museum’s diverse stories and collections here, check back often, and then watch our posts on Facebook and Instagram. We will be adding more Big Stories regularly.

Ice Cream Social

We will not be having our yearly Pioneer Day Ice Cream Social celebration, but find out how you can still celebrate with us...

Parade-1916 Ladies

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.

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.