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Fairview Museum of History and Art

85 North 100 East

The museum is full of historical data, artifacts pictures and artwork. Part of the museum is the Natural History Building which houses a full scale replica of a nearly fully intact Columbian mammoth. The mammoth was unearthed on the nearby Wasatch Plateau in 1988 while excavating the Huntington Reservoir.

The quality of the find, plus the altitude at which it was found, make this mammoth unique. Besides being remarkably well preserved, other factors are adding scientific significance to the discovery. These are the bones of an animal that lived a relatively short 10,000 years ago and died at an unusually high elevation of 9600’ (Mammoths have always been regarded as lowland grazers).

The skeletal remains of this animal were preserved in a peat bog where he died some 10,000 years ago. The bones were not fossilized and were so well preserved that scientific testing has accurately fixed the date of the animal’s demise.

Amino acids and DNA have also been identified and it has been determined that the animal was 65 years old when he died. He had suffered from arthritis, as evidence by obvious deformities present on the bones and must have been in pain when he moved about.

Material found in the rib cage indicated that the animal’s last meal included pine trees. Perhaps of greatest interest to the public at large was the discovery of projectile points with the bones indicating possible interaction between humans and the animal.

The work of one of Utah’s most famous artists, Avard T. Fairbanks, is also on display at the Fairview Museum.


Tory Norman

Saturday, June 9, 2018
Nice blend of classic exhibits and current items. The two museums side-by-side are a must see if you are passing by in the summer months and the staff are super nice. The old school house holds many of the older traditional exhibits that were around since I was a kid and, if you ask, the docents often know cool stories behind seemingly uninteresting and unmarked exhibits. Ask them what is interesting and, if you bring kids, ask them which exhibits are hands-on, because some are.

Butch Heth

Saturday, July 28, 2018
Visted the Utah Heritage Art And Beauty opening on July 23. A wonderful show, lots of talented painters and photographers. A wonderful museum, a real secret gem in a small town like Fairview. Worth the trip to visit, even if you are just passing through. Current show is up through Aug. 10th. And followed by a scheduled set of shows of local talent all though the year.

Ava Beal

Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018
It use to be free but now they want you to donate a $1 per person or $5 per family but overall I love these museums

Rachel Stenta

Thursday, July 26, 2018
A unique museum in a place you wouldn’t expect it! Worth a 45-60 minutes minute visit.

Melissa Palmer

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
This museum is a hidden gem in Fairview - housed within two buildings. One contains mainly artworks and geologic specimens and the second contains rooms with period clothing, and other artifacts from the past. My kids loved the telephone display and yours will too!

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