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 mlbean.byu.edu 

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 https://mlbean.byu.edu/-Events.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

February 2, 2019 Nature Experienceship: Birding with Merrill Webb

“The early bird gets the worm!” This saying certainly applies to Bald Eagles. On Saturday, February 2, 2019 at about 7AM, we went in search of these majestic birds as part of the Bean Museum’s Nature Experienceship with Mr. Merrill Webb. At the first nesting areas we checked, the eagles had already set off in search of the day’s meal. Not giving up, we headed to Utah Lake and found a Bald Eagle perched on the ice not too far from the shore! We saw about five other Bald Eagles throughout the day. But we didn’t just see bald eagles. Try to identify more of the birds we saw in the pictures below!

These are the species of birds we saw that morning:

Bald Eagles
Canada Goose
Cinnamon Teal
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Belted Kingfisher
American Wigeon
Common Goldeneye
Northern Harrier
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
American Pipit
Red-winged Blackbird
Ring-billed Gull
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Northern Flicker
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
American Robin
European Starling

Thanks to everyone who attended this birding trip! Check our website for future events and nature experienceships like this one.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Winter 2019 Events

A new semester means new events at the Bean Life Science Museum! In addition to our regular events, we will have a photography show, date night, family Easter night, and more. Here's everything you need to know about these upcoming events:

Nature Photography Competition and Exhibition: Feb 7-Mar 5, entries due Feb 2
This contest is open to both amateur and professional photographers. Read the requirements for entry here. Everyone is welcome to attend the show opening on February 7th at 7:00 PM. See the winning photos and honorable mentions from last year's show here.

Birding with Merrill Webb: Saturday, Feb 2
This nature experienceship is a favorite among visitors of the Bean Museum. Unfortunately this event is sold out, but keep an eye out for future nature experienceships on our website.

Night at the Museums: Friday, Feb 22
Did you know that Brigham Young University has five museums, including the Bean Museum? Visit all five museums at BYU's 6th annual Night at the Museums event. You can expect activities and refreshments as well as a free shuttle to take between museums.

Tomb Raiders Date Night: Saturday, Mar 9
Another favorite of museum visitors, this event tends to sell out quickly. This date night is an interactive live Tomb Raiders game with puzzles and tasks to complete. Reserve a spot for you and a date here.
Easter Family Night: Mon, Apr 15
Enjoy crafts, prizes, a photo booth, and more activities at our annual Easter Family Night! This event is great for kids of all ages.

Don't forget about these regular events at the Bean Museum:

Live Animal Shows: Daily
Join us for any of our free public live animal shows at the following times: Mon-Fri at 7:30 PM (additional show at 6:30 PM on Mondays) and Saturday at 1PM and 3PM. You can also schedule a private live animal show for free here.

Discovery Reading: Every Thursday
Discovery Reading is perfect for younger children! Read books with us and meet a live animal every Thursday at 11AM.

Conservation Kids: First Saturday of the Month
Conservation Ken and Katy make an appearance on the first Saturday of every month. Come meet these superheroes to learn some facts about conservation and maybe even meet a live animal!

As always, you can find information about our events on our website. We look forward to seeing you at the Bean Museum this semester!