Friday, May 10, 2019

Bean Museum Summer Camps 2019

With summer just around the corner, the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum is proud to
announce the return of its four popular summer camp programs: Critter Camp, Junior
Naturalists, BYU Museums Camp, and Biology Boot Camp. Each camp provides an
interactive learning environment for a variety of ages, and focuses on different aspects of
the natural world and the sciences that study them. Information about each camp is listed

Critter Camp is a program geared towards youth in kindergarten and first grade. The camp
meets for three weeks in June on Tuesdays from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, and Thursdays from
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Thursdays include a field trip! Each week focuses on different
critters: the critters of the land, the critters of the water, and the critters of the air. You may sign
up for only one week, or all three weeks depending on availability.
Week 1 of Critter Camp runs June 4 & 6, where children will learn about land critters.
Week 2 of Critter Camp runs June 11 & 13, where children will learn about water critters.
Week 3 of Critter Camp runs June 18 & 20, where children learn about air critters.
In past years, camp participants learned how animals navigate their environment with their
senses through interactive activities and games, visited outdoor sites like Cascade Springs,
met live animals, and created animal crafts.
The cost for each child per week is $50. Reservations for Critter Camp can be made here.

Junior Naturalists is a partnership camp with the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum and
Thanksgiving Point Institute. This program is 4th and 5th grade aged youth, and runs from
June 24-28. The camp runs from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM from Monday through Friday. Participants
learn exactly what it takes to be a scientist out in the natural world. Throughout the week,
the participants spend time at the Bean Life Science Museum and Thanksgiving Point as they
learn to collect, record, prepare, and identify various plant and insect species, as well as share
their scientific findings with the public.
To view the cost of the program and make reservations, click here.

The BYU Museums Camp is intended for youth ages 11-15. This program has two
opportunities for sign ups. The first runs from June 10-13 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. The
second runs from June 17-20 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Lunch and snacks are provided for
this camp. The BYU Museum Camp takes youth that are interested in museums and their
corresponding careers, archaeology, anthropology, biology, art, and paleontology through the
various BYU museums found on campus. Throughout the week, they will learn through
activities and presentations about curation, collecting and research, education and outreach,
as well as other aspects of the museums. Activities include viewing live animal shows, working
on design and building challenges, helping paleontologists in their lab, and curating displays.
The cost is $159 and reservations can be made here.

Biology Boot Camp is a program geared towards youth in 2nd through 5th grade. The
camp meets for three weeks in July. Unlike Critter Camp, each week will cover the same
material, which means a child only needs to attend one week to experience the full camp.
It runs Monday through Friday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  Field trips are included on
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, which includes a trip to Hogle Zoo! Throughout the week,
participants will learn about the different groups of living things that make up our world,
including plants, insects, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and fish. The youth will learn
through games, activities, projects, and even special behind the scenes tours of the museum’s
research collections.
Week 1 of Biology Boot Camp runs from July 8-12.
Week 2 of Biology Boot Camp runs from July 15- 19.
Week 3 of Biology Boot Camp runs from July 29- August 2.
The cost of the camp is $150 a person and reservations can be made here.

We are very excited to host and educate the youth that come to our camps this summer. Many
adventures await them! For more information about the camps, please visit our website at Act fast! Spots are filling up quickly!
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Monday, April 29, 2019

Easter Family Night 2019

Easter Family Night is always one of our most popular events of the year and this year was no exception! Over a thousand patrons joined us a couple weeks ago at the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum for a night of fun Easter-themed activities. Families, friends, kids, and college students alike had fun participating in our live animal shows, crafts, Easter egg scavenger hunt, and photo booth.

In the downstairs auditorium, guests could attend one of our three live animal shows of the night. We had two shows about animal adaptations and one show about vertebrates. At each show, guests got to meet three live animals!

In the craft room, visitors colored spring-themed coloring pages and made clothespin and paper eggs. Using a clothespin, you can open and close the egg to reveal an adorable baby chick.
Thank you to The Thrifty Home for this cute Easter craft!

About 50 colorful Easter eggs were hidden around the museum for our scavenger hunt. Everyone loved finding eggs in our exhibits and searching for camouflaged green eggs hidden in plants. Anyone who found 10 eggs won a customized Pokemon-inspired animal card. And anyone who found 10 green eggs won the chance to spin our grand-prize wheel for a shot at a Bean Museum custom pen, chapstick, water bottle, reusable bag, or reusable straw!

To top off the night, patrons took a photo at our photo booth. They will receive a copy of their picture with a customized Easter frame so that they can remember this fun night! Here are some pictures we took before the patrons arrived.

Thanks to everyone who attended this event. We love to see our guests at our Easter and Halloween Family nights year after year. To see upcoming events like this one, visit our website.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Pokemon Go Night

The Bean Museum hosted its first ever Pokemon Go Night on Saturday, March 23, 2019 to celebrate the opening of our new exhibit, "Understanding the Principles of Evolution." Individuals and families were able to participate in a scavenger hunt and a Pokemon Go tournament, while exploring how evolution really works.

The scavenger hunt was great for people of all ages, especially for those who didn't have a phone to play Pokemon Go. Visitors explored the museum to find the animal that matched the Pokemon on their paper. Each corresponding animal found in the exhibits had a word associated with it. After finding all the words and unscrambling them, visitors presented the phrase to museum staff to get their prize!

The prizes for completing the scavenger hunt were a Pokeball cookie and an exclusive animal card made especially for this event!

Pokemon Go players, ready to test their skills, participated in a trainer battle tournament. People came from all over, even an hour away to compete. 48 players signed up and the group was split between the Sword and Shield Brackets. It was a tough battle, but two people came out on top.

The winner of the Sword Bracket was "LMusgrave" and the winner of the Shield Bracket was "CKFxD." Each of the winners received a voucher for free ice cream from the BYU Creamery and a Pokeball cookie! Lures were going all night long so trainers were able to catch Pokemon during the event.

It was a fun night at the Bean Museum where families and friends were able to get together to battle, solve riddles, catch Pokemon, and eat cookies all while enjoying the Museum's exhibits. Thanks to everyone who came out and to the employees who made this event happen. Visit our website to see what's happening next at the Bean Museum and for more information on the new "Understanding the Principles of Evolution" Exhibit.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Bean Museum Announces Free Admission

The Bean Museum is pleased to announce that admission to the Bean Museum is free. When asked for a comment Museum Director Duke Rogers replied, “I don’t see why this is a big deal museum admission has always been free.”  The Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 9 PM and  Saturdays from 10 AM to 5 PM. For more information about the Bean Life Science Museum and why it’s always been free visit 

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Date Night 2019: Tomb Raiders

Couples joined us this March in the quest for Count Monte L. Bean’s crystal skull. Their task was to follow Cleopold Reginald III, Madame Duvalt and Captain Reynold onto a secret island where many dangers lurked in order to collect the map pieces that would lead them to the hidden skull.

When they first entered this unknown land, they met an old hag who made them pass off riddles in order to explore further. After passing riddles off to the hag, the couples met a mystic who had them go through a maze blindfolded to earn a map piece.

After dodging dangerous obstacles in the maze, they were put through more danger as Cleopold Reginald III navigated them through lasers that were protecting the crystal skull.

If the couples didn’t set off any traps with the laser beams, they had one more task to complete before they had to go into the shadowlands. Couples braved the jungle with the captain and his first mate testing their expertise in shooting firearms.

Finally, they had to find a map piece and the numbers hidden around the museum for the code to unlock Madame Duvalt’s safe which held the final map piece. Wandering around the museum proved to be very dangerous because of the fearsome shadowguards who dwell in the shadowlands. These creatures were deposited on the island to protect Monte L. Bean’s crystal skull and while they cannot speak, their grunts and growls sent a chill down every couple’s spine, especially because couples never knew where the shadowguards were hiding.

One couple showed great bravery and adventurous spirits as the first couple to collect all the map pieces, allowing them to go down into the depths of the museum and retrieve the crystal skull. Congrats!

Thank you to all the couples who joined us for this adventure-packed date night! We hope to see some new faces at our Clue-themed date night in the fall. Visit our website to learn more about our upcoming events.

Monday, March 11, 2019

New Exhibit: Understanding the Principles of Evolution

If you have been to the Bean Museum recently, you might have noticed a closed-off section of our museum on the main floor. You might even say our exhibits are evolving...

We are excited about the opening of our new exhibit, Understanding the Principles of Evolution, on Wednesday, March 13. This exhibit will feature four main sections covering the following topics: adaptation, natural selection, artificial selection, and supporting evidence of the theory of evolution.

Duke Rogers, director of the Bean Museum, explained the purpose of this new exhibit in our museum:

The museum’s Exhibits Committee had been contemplating the development of an exhibit about evolution for some time.  This past September, 2018, we decided to move ahead with an evolution exhibit and have its opening coincide with a College of Life Sciences seminar by Dr. John Hawks on March 14th, 2019.  Dr. Hawks, the co-describer of the fossil hominid species Homo naledi, was invited by faculty in the Biology Department and we decided to have a permanent display about the science of evolution as well as a temporary exhibit dealing specifically with hominid evolution – the general topic of Dr. Hawks’ research seminar.  The Biology Department offers two classes about evolution and has a number of hominid fossil reconstructions that faculty generously allowed us use in the hominid display.  The Exhibits Committee hopes that our patrons will spend time contemplating our “Faith and Science” display before taking in our new evolution exhibit.  Our evolution exhibit fits the museum’s mission of showcasing the Earth’s biodiversity as well as explaining how science and faith are two compatible “ways of knowing”.

Regarding evolution, leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints have said, “The Church has no official position on the theory of evolution. Organic evolution, or changes to species’ inherited traits over time, is a matter for scientific study. Nothing has been revealed concerning evolution. Though the details of what happened on earth before Adam and Eve, including how their bodies were created, have not been revealed, our teachings regarding man’s origin are clear and come from revelation.” (New Era Oct 2016)

The purpose of this exhibit is to explore the well-supported scientific theory of evolution. The purpose is not to establish doctrine for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We hope that visitors will enjoy this exhibit and be inspired to learn more about how evolution impacts the natural world.

The following are a few highlights of our new exhibit:

1. Our first ever 3D-printed objects in the museum, including 5 canine skulls.

2. Fossils from 3 continents. (Africa, Europe, and North America)

3. Specimens from every continent except Australia.

Visit our website or read this BYU News article to learn more about this new exhibit.

We hope you enjoy this new addition to our museum and look forward to seeing you soon!

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Night at the Museums 2019

On February 22, all five of BYU’s museums collaborated to put on one of BYU’s most popular events: Night at the Museums! The Museum of Art, Museum of Paleontology, Museum of Peoples and Cultures, Education in Zion, and the Bean Museum became venues for food and activities for the night. Here are some of the things we had going on at the Bean Museum:

Guests chowed down on Cougar Tails (of the donut variety). Yum! Fun fact: Cougar Tails hold the title of No. 1 selling college specialty concession.

College students, kids, couples, and families alike, all loved posing with animal props at our photo booth.

We had two live animal shows in the auditorium. Visitors got to meet several live animals including a snake, a frog, and a tarantula.

Visitors had fun looking at the different exhibits and interacting with the Bean Team, our museum’s student educators. They especially loved the fur cart, where they could touch different animal furs, scales, and feathers.

Guests that attended all five of the museums could complete a scavenger hunt. The goal: solve a riddle that leads you to a hidden sticker at each museum. Guests who found all five stickers won a special Night at the Museums water bottle!

Thank you to everyone who attended Night at the Museums. We had tons of fun at this event! We hope to see you at BYU’s five fantastic museums next year! To learn more about upcoming events at the Bean Museum, visit our website