The public will get a rare chance to see dinosaur bones, fossils and other items long-stored in an old and rarely visited storage area when the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum holds a free open house April 12 in Vernal.
The Field House of Natural History was created in the 1940s by Uinta Basin residents in an effort to keep the area's ancient treasures from leaving the state. The collection, including about 30,000 fossils, proved too large for a museum and even too large for the new museum that opened in 2004.
Last year money was found to create a new storage facility adjacent to the museum, and the public will get a chance to tour the new building from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the museum will be free all day.