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

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.