Museum Collections

 
Painting by Howard Russell Butler of a full moon rising over the read and white rocks of Bryce Canyon
Painting by Howard Russell Butler of a full moon rising over the read and white rocks of Bryce Canyon

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The Bryce Canyon museum and archive resources are housed and managed at Zion National Park along with collections from Cedar Breaks National Monument. The museum staff manage over 710,000 items from all three park units as of 2017.

Collecting of museum objects at Bryce began in the early 1930s. The total collection size is 70,134 objects. The museum/archival collections document important people and events in the park’s history; preserve important park records including administrative, facility and resource management reports and related documentation; and document the built heritage of the park through drawings, photographs and original historic fabric. This collection is broken down into 6,246 archeology items, 46,305 archival items, 7,410 history items, 20 art objects, 3,594 biology, 3,872 paleontology specimens, and 97 geological items. The collection includes oral histories, original photographs, blueprints, legislative documents, and significant fossil resources.

Bryce’s herbarium resources are housed in the indexed
Zion, Bryce, and Cedar Breaks Herbarium. Specimen records can be searched on the SEINet Intermountain Region Herbarium Network.

The Bryce archives also house research from permitted studies. More information for researchers about permits and requirements can be found on the National Park Service Research Permit and Reporting System.

Some images of the collection items, as well as finding aids can be viewed on NP Gallery. To make an appointment to view the collection in person and/or to conduct research please contact the curator at Zion_Museum@nps.gov

Last updated: June 18, 2018

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P.O Box 640201
Bryce, UT 84764

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