Look A Little Closer!

Have you ever wondered how museums design their exhibitions? Or where they get all their stuff from and where they store it all?

Discover what’s behind the scenes of BYU’s museums as you work with paleontologists to uncover fossils, see medieval books, and touch ancient artifacts!

BYU Museum Camp

Museum Camp is a day camp for youth ages 11–15 who love museums and are interested in having a behind-the-scenes view of what it’s like to work in one. Participants with interests in museums, museum careers, art, paleontology, anthropology, or biology will love the daily visits to each BYU museum as well as the chance to curate their own exhibit at the end of the week!

Museum Camp is hosted by the Museum of Peoples and Cultures, the Museum of Art, the Bean Life Sciences Museum, the Paleontology Museum, and BYU’s Special Collections.

Participants looking at objects in the museum archive room.

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.


Cost: $159

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

What to Expect

An expanded 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.


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

Walking in the lobby of Museum of Art

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
Hands on activities at Museum of Paleontology

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
Group photo at Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum

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
Hands on activities at Museum of Peoples and Cultures

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!

Questions? Contact Us

Museum of Peoples and Cultures