Zion National Park Digital Archive on NPGallery
Bryce Canyon National Park
Cedar Breaks National Monument

About NPGallery and ZION, BRCA, CEBR

Museum Collections at Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument

The Zion National Park Museum Collection contains over 300,000 documents, photographs, oral histories, slides, and maps related to topics ranging from the founding of the park to the Civilian Conservation Corps, as well as the current activities of the park. Also, approximately 22,500 objects are housed in the natural history collection at the Zion National Park Museum, including study skins of mammals and birds, insects, paleontological specimens, and preserved plants.

Zion National Park's collection of cultural history artifacts contains over 30,000 objects that tell the stories of prehistoric settlements in the region, the early pioneer settlements and development of the canyon, the historic lodge and the Union Pacific Railroad, projects completed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the planning and implementation of the park's shuttle system, and the historic and contemporary works of art that have depicted Zion National Park.

In addition, the Zion National Park Museum manages the museum collections for Bryce Canyon National Park and Cedar Breaks National Monument. These Include: historic collections, photographs, geological and paleontological artifacts, pressed plant specimens, art, and archaeological artifacts. There are over 250,000 artifacts in the Bryce Canyon National Park Collection , including over 6,000 archaeological and 12,000 paleontological artifacts. The Cedar Breaks National Monument Collection contains over 5,000 artifacts, including over 1,000 biology specimens.

Access and Use

The museum collection is open to researchers by appointment only. Hours are 8:00 am-4:30 pm Monday-Friday, excluding federal holidays, and subject to staff availability. Prospective researchers should contact the Curator for an appointment.

If you are interested in obtaining electronic or physical copies of images in the Zion, Bryce Canyon, or Cedar Breaks Collections, please contact the park.

To arrange an appointment to conduct research or to ask a research question fill out a ZION Request Form.

About NPGallery

The NPGallery Digital Asset Management System is an enterprise system for storing, organizing, and sharing photos and other digital files. NPGallery's central online repository offers a place for the NPS to store digital assets, including photos, illustrations, audio files, videos, and documents. The NPGallery platform lets parks and other programs easily store and organize all of their digital files, and allows users access to easily find and retrieve specific files. NPGallery is a premier solution for NPS parks and programs who have a need to manage and disseminate large volumes of digital assets, with many people accessing and using those assets.

NPGallery supports a wide array of digital asset file types (images, MS office formats, adobe pdfs, audio files, videos). Digital assets have control access to those files to ensure they are used properly. NPGallery supports parks and programs with digital asset hosting and delivery services. Digital assets in the system can be provided for public use, or locked for discovery only by internal NPS users. NPGallery has terabytes of digital files of all types that are safely stored and quickly retrievable for NPS business needs.

NPGallery provides a simple text search and search by state and park options, or has the ability to “search more fields” for robust metadata searching. Search results can be refined by filtering options. NPGallery supports web services, support for embedded metadata, and integrated geospatial capabilities. NPGallery also has a responsive user interface design, and the interface will gracefully resize to match the size of the screen on your device, supporting mobile.

Web authors using the NPS.gov content management system(CMS) now use NPGallery as the source for all photo galleries shown in the CMS.

Benefits of NPGallery to Parks & Programs

The NPGallery platform lets parks and other programs easily store and organize all of their digital files, and allows users access to easily find and retrieve specific files. These images and other digital assets have a direct URL link and can be used on program web pages. Multiple file sizes of each digital asset are stored and available for use and download.

Contact the NPGallery staff to have us assist your park or program with your unique Digital Asset Management needs. Email: NPGallery@nps.gov

NPGallery has continued working with individual parks and programs to create individual portals. These semi-custom web pages allow NPS parks and programs to deliver digital assets from a unique web page that highlights and shares photos, documents, audio files, and videos. Searching the featured digital archive can be customized to help guide a user through discovering the valuable digital assets unique to each park or program.