Small Museum - Big Stories

Welcome to the Moab Museum!

We are a cultural and natural history museum dedicated to sharing the rich stories of the Moab area. We are currently open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-6pm. We look forward to seeing you at the Museum soon!

Special Exhibit

The Museum is excited to annouce the opening of Block Prints by Everett Ruess, a traveling exhibition from the Utah Department of Arts and Museums. Everett Ruess, a young writer and accomplished artist, disappeared into the wilderness near Escalante, Utah in 1934 at age 20. His prints and writings have inspired generations of desert dwellers since. Join Museum staff every Tuesday through December 13th from at the Museum for a postcard and bookmark printing workshop using historic printing materials from the Times-Independent newspaper. Regular admissions applies and the workshops are free to members!

Everett Ruess by Dorothea Lange, Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah

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.