Observation Labs are the Newest Improvement at Prehistoric Museum


Watching people assemble dinosaur skeletons into highly mobile poses is the thinking behind the new observation lab built in Prehistoric Museum’s Hall of Paleontology. A second observation lab for Archaeology, adjacent to the paleontology lab, will allow visitors to view the curation work on some of the ancient artifacts of Southeastern Utah.

Both labs are interactive with people having the ability to view and communicate with those working in the labs. “It is our desire to have our patrons talk to the preparators in the labs to make their educational and museum experience one to one,” museum director Kenneth Carpenter said.

Currently the Hall of Paleontology lab workers have the reconstruction of the Utahraptor being created into a more life-like predator position that he most likely was in when roaming the valleys of Southeastern Utah 160 million years ago. Once finished, the dinosaur will let its presence be known in the museum’s entrance lobby.

“This is an addition that the museum has long needed,” Carpenter added, “We are excited to bring this viewing area to the public.”

Under the direction of Carpenter, the museum personnel are continually making strides towards visitor satisfaction and enhancing their experience. Carpenter is dedicated to keeping the museum on the cutting edge of technology.

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