The Bean Life Science Museum is a unique addition to the Brigham Young University campus in Provo, Utah. Focusing on displaying the creatures of the earth, the institution has a variety of exhibits that explore the characteristics and types of animals and their habitats around the world. Named after Monte Lafayette Bean, a man who funded the construction of the building, since its opening in 1978, the museum has to grown into a center for learning. Currently, there are over 2 millions specimens of plants, insects, fish, shells, reptiles, and birds. Along with the collection, the Bean Life Science Museum is a hub for knowledge because of its classes for students of all ages and programs for the public. There is even a section that is geared towards children that teaches them about animals’ habitats through a play area. The entire museum is themed around a biblical passage, which calls people to protect the planet and be stewards of the earth, and through this the museum strives to teach the public more about the natural world.

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There are a variety of taxidermied animals that are on display throughout the different floors of the Life Science Museum. Large columns greet visitors and life-sized giraffes guard the entrance, which leads to a variety of exhibits such as the Annual Photography Show, Protect Your Planet, Life on Top: Apex Predators, Life Submerged: Marine and Freshwater, Because of Plants, Why Insects, Into Africa: Exploring Nature's Interactions, and Fred and Sue Morris Bird Gallery. Throughout all of the exhibits there are many different life sized taxidermies animals, in the Protect Your Planet exhibit there is a giant elephant that is shown. Other extinct, endangered, and threatened animals and their history of the struggle to survive are displayed. The museum speaks more about the survival and lifestyle of animals who are predators in the Life on Top: Apex Predators gallery. There are many scenes that display the interactions between pretty and their hunters. Another exhibit in the museum is the Life Submerged: Marine and Freshwater collection, which focuses on the marine and freshwater ecosystems. Both the coral reef and rivers are featured in the gallery, and guests are able to learn about “what you see” and “what you don’t see” in a river. To learn more about biology on land, the exhibit Because of Plants teaches visitors about how plants play a critical role in supporting the earth. The display following Because of Plants is called Why Insects, and it is filled with glass cased preserved bugs. There are many photos and facts about the little creatures, and there is a beautiful piece of artwork that is a large butterfly made from many small ones. Intro African: Exploring Nature’s Interactions is an exhibit dedicated to different animals from the diverse continent and the different encounters from African wildlife. There is an entire section of the museum that was donated by an American couple; this area is called the Fred and Sue Morris Bird Gallery. The collection has more than 100 different kinds of birds within it. All of the various exhibits within the Bean Life Science Museum are dedicated to teaching visitors more about the natural world.

Another way that the museum encourages knowledge is through their educational programs and events. The Discovery Drawing, Discovery Reading, live animal shows, exhibits tours, and Tanner Lecture Series are all forms of how the institution is an advocator of educating its visitors. Discovery Draw and Reading are creative programs that encourage guests to use their imagination to draw animals or listen to stories. The live animal shows are a popular addition to the museum, they are designed around the Utah Science State Core Curriculum, and the shows take place both onsite and as part of their outreach program. Animals such as snakes and spiders are shown to the public as they learn facts about the creatures. All guests are welcome to take part in a self-guided tour by reading the well-marked informative panels. However, for a more detailed visit, there is a guided tour available for small groups, which explains different aspects of the Bean Life Science Museum. The Tanner Lecture Series are guest presentations that are given by various academics on topics such as the natural world, biology, conservation, and the environment. Throughout all of the programs and events that take place at the museum, guests are able to explore the natural world displayed in the institution.

645 I Ln, Phillips E, UT 84602, Phone: 801-422-5050

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