BYU Museum Camp 2019

Look a little closer! Our world is full of opportunities to stimulate your mind and imagination. Explore cultural, natural, and art history through the amazing collections of BYU’s four campus museums at Museum Camp. This interdisciplinary program will broaden your horizons, engage your mind, and challenge your skills and creativity.

Museum Camp is a day camp for youth ages 13–16 who love museums and are interested in having a behind-the-scenes view of what it’s like to work in one. Participants with an interest in museums, museum careers, art, paleontology, anthropology, or biology will especially enjoy this camp. The staff at BYU’s museums will help you take your love of museums to the next level. You will even have a chance to curate your own display and show off your work in an exhibit at the end of the week!

Immerse yourself in a creative community with other students and BYU museum professionals and faculty. 

At Museum Camp you will expand your application of:

  • Art and creativity
  • Writing and English
  • Science
  • Design thinking
  • Critical thinking

Expectations: Participants will be expected to maintain high levels of respect for their peers and teachers, and be open to alternative methods of thinking and working. Participants will also be expected to respect the artifacts, specimens, and artwork.

Basic requirements to participate in BYU Youth Programs:

  • Ability to care for your own personal needs
  • Ability to be attentive and follow directions
  • Ability to act respectfully and appropriately towards others

Because of the immersive nature of this camp, we encourage your youth to leave their phones at home (or leave them with their belongings).

Camp Dates

Session 1

June 10–13, 2019
9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Lunch and snacks are provided.

Session 2

June 17–20, 2019
9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Lunch and snacks are provided.


Registration Cost: $159

Camp fees include four days of instruction, field trips, writing and classroom materials, lunch, a T-shirt, and snacks.

This is a day camp only. No housing is provided.

Space is limited. Once registration is full, there will be a waiting list for any potential vacancies.


9:00 a.m.

Check-in and morning warm-up activities
Meet at Museum of Peoples and Cultures

10:00 a.m.

Museum visits



1:00 p.m.

Application activities (see descriptions below)

3:00 p.m.

Clean up and wrap up

3:30 p.m.


Application Activities

Monday: "Curation"

  • Museum of Art
    • Visualize art exhibits in new ways, talk with designers and builders about exhibits
  • L. Tom Perry Special Collections
    • Learn from curators about exhibit planning and see the old book conservation lab
  • Begin design and curating your own displays
  • Bonus activity: build your own book

Tuesday: "Collecting and Research"

  • Museum of Paleontology
    • Explore the exhibits and restricted access storage space
    • Replicate fossils
    • Work with paleontologists in the lab
  • Handle real specimens and ancient artifacts
  • Exercise critical thinking and reasoning skills

Wednesday: "Education and Outreach"

  • Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum
    • See the live animal show
    • Learn more about the collections behind closed doors
  • Create interactive elements for your own exhibit with hands-on techniques

Thursday: "Putting it all Together"

  • Museum of Peoples and Cultures
    • Work with artifacts to put together displays for your family and friends to enjoy
  • Bonus: design and building challenges
  • Closing activity: Invite your family and friends to come see the exhibit you designed and researched throughout the week!