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Moab Area Museums

Museums, galleries, and a variety of interesting shops are available in the Moab area. Because of this, many visitors prefer to alternate their vacation days, reserving several for hiking and sightseeing, and several set aside for museum touring and shopping. Moab's Main Street has dozens of shops featuring authentic Indian jewelry, statuary, clothing, and rock shops, as well as the products of local artisans. The Film Museum provides a great turnaround point for a beautiful drive down Scenic Byway 128.

Museum of Moab

Dan O'Laurie Museum of MoabThis regional museum tells the story of Moab and Grand County's past, from prehistoric and Ute Indian artifacts to the explorations of Spanish missionaries.  Photos and artifacts show pioneer Moab life, much of which centered around ranching or mining.  The museum also features an extensive rock and mineral display and massive bones from dinosaurs.  Adults and children alike will love the museum's "hands on" policy with many of the displays. The Mission of the Dan O'Laurie Museum of Moab is:

  • To preserve and display regional artifacts and information 
  • To promote research and education which accurately reflect the natural and cultural history of the Moab area.

During the 1950s, Moab was the center of a uranium boom. The mining and mineralogy exhibits explain where uranium is found and how deposits are formed, show the minerals found in the Moab area, and display historic mining tools.

The 1957 idea of this museum by a group of early residents was brought to reality when the uranium boom of the 50s swelled the population of Moab from 1,250 to 8,000.

For many centuries, the Archaic peoples, followed by the Anasazi (Ancient Puebloan) and Fremont, lived here, leaving behind their earthen pit houses and intriguing rock art. Prehistoric tools, textiles, pottery and jewelry are on display, as well as a model pit house and a large burden basket discovered in Moab Valley by three teenagers in 1990. There is also a display of Ute artifacts, including rare ceramic pieces.

The Paleontology and Mineralogy exhibits have been expanded to include a hands-on testing area for identification of minerals including a "backlight box" with both short and long wavelength illumination.

Let your kids expend some of their pent-up energy with the restored player piano. It will play some lovely tunes, but it's hard work! 

Upper Level

Includes an historic hospital room and a turn-of-the-century kitchen and home interior.

The Pierson History Hall

This room is named for the first curator of the museum. Depicting the last two hundred years of Moab history exploring the dynamic and changing relationship between European settlers and Native American inhabitants. Exhibits depict the growth of Moab from a small agriculture community to the Uranium capitol of America and then to the adventure destination it is today.

The Virginia Fossey Mesozoic Room

The petrified dunes that form the spectacular landscape contain a hidden history. For nearly one hundred years paleontologists and residents of the Moab area have found the remains of ancient creatures. Dinosaurs, sharks, and other fossilized life have been found in abundance throughout the Moab area. Explore the ancient life off 100 million years ago and the traces it has left through interpretive murals and exhibits. For more information visit

Film Museum at Red Cliffs Ranch

When you enter the Film Museum at Red Cliffs Ranch be prepared to look back over years of black and white filmmaking featuring our most cherished actors and actresses, along with highlights from recent film projects that have taken advantage of the spectacular scenery surrounding Moab.

Film Museum
Photo courtesy of Red Cliffs Lodge

In the late 40s the legendary John Ford discovered the rugged beauty of Moab's Canyonlands and filmed the 1st of many movies here. The first major motion pictures filmed in the Moab area were set on the Red Cliffs Ranch. Wagon Master, Rio Grande, Son of Chochise, Warlock, Commancheros, Cheyenne Autumn, and many more used the ranch and it's magnificent scenery for filming. John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ben Johnson, Rock Hudson, Henry Fonda, Anthony Quinn, Lee Marvin, Richard Widmark, James Stewart, and Richard Boone have all worked on location here at the Red Cliff's Ranch.

More recently Geronimo, City Slickers, Thelma & Louise, along with other movies and over 100 commercials have all used the Moab area as a location.

The museum houses memorabilia from the early films to the present and is ever changing. Movie and western ranching themes are present throughout the resort. The museum is self-guided and open to the public daily at no charge.

Location & Hours

Museum of Moab

118 E. Center, Moab
Voice: (435) 259-7985
Fax: (435) 259-7989

Summer Hours
April 15-October 15

  • Monday-Saturday

Winter Hours
October 16- April 14

  • Monday-Saturday

Closed Memorial Day, Forth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Film Museum at Red Cliffs Ranch

Scenic Byway 128 - Mile Marker 14
(866) 812-2002


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