History of Museums in Utah
Taken from the Utah History Encyclopedia. (Links Added)

In downtown Provo, unrelated to BYU, is the private McCurdy Historical Doll Museum, established in 1979. To the north of Provo in Lehi is the private Hutchings Museum of Natural History, an eclectic collection established in 1955.

The Ogden Union Station Museum opened in 1978; its holdings include railroad memorabilia as well as the significant Browning firearms collection and the Browning-Kimball Car Museum. The Eccles Community Art Center, housed in one of Ogden's historic mansions, focuses on local and Utah art. At nearby Roy, the new Hill Air Force Base Museum has an outstanding collection of aircraft and artifacts. The Brigham City Museum-Gallery, north of Ogden, was founded in 1970 and focuses its exhibits on art, handicrafts, and local pioneer history.

Space limitations prevent listing the many worthwhile Utah organizations that provide historic, cultural, aesthetic, or natural history experiences. In the Salt Lake Valley and environs the Wheeler Historic Farm, the Hansen Planetarium, the Children's Museum of Utah, Tracy Aviary, Red Butte Gardens and Arboretum, and Hogle Zoo should be mentioned. In Park City, the Kimball Art Center and the Park City Museum are also worth visiting.

Utah's museums have developed because of the desire of its citizens, educators, and community leaders to preserve the state's heritage of diverse culture, art, and unique natural history. This has been accomplished with minimal public resources. The movement has been enhanced and facilitated by a strong Utah Museums Association, founded in 1972.

See: James E. Talmage, "The Deseret Museum," Improvement Era 11 (1911); Ralph V. Chamberlain, Life Sciences at the University of Utah (1950); Lila Carpenter Eubanks, "The Deseret Museum," Utah Historical Quarterly 50 (1982); Robert S. Olpin, Dictionary of Utah Art (1980); Directory of Utah Museums and Galleries (1986); Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Daughters of Utah Pioneers Through the Years (1990).

Donald V. Hague

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