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Natural History Museum of Utah, Salt Lake City

(4.7/5 based on 900+ reviews on the web)
Explore the region's paleontology, climate, topography, geology, wildlife, water resources, and anthropology at Natural History Museum of Utah. The museum features over 1.2 million objects organized in seven collections. Start on the fifth floor and work your way down to the bottom, where you will find four cast skeletons of Jurassic dinosaurs. Look for the 18 m (60 ft) replica of the 4,000-year-old pictograph panel from Utah's Horseshoe Canyon and "Romney Mine," a walk-in recreation of a 19th-century lead-zinc-silver mine. A small cafe serves salads and wraps. Avoid weekdays if you don’t want to run into school groups. Plan to see Natural History Museum of Utah and other attractions that appeal to you using our Salt Lake City itinerary maker.
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  • We enjoyed the Dinosaur exhibits here almost as much as the ones at the Smithsonian. This. Is a newer museum and my kids didn't want to leave. They have themes now and then, so call ahead to see what'...  more »
  • Great for kids and adults, had a ton of fun with lots of exhibits and interactive activities fid the kids.  more »
  • This museum was amazing! Lots to see, lots to learn. Spent 3 hours, enjoying every minute. A great family place. Highly recommend!  more »
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  • This is an outstanding museum! Adult tickets run at $14.99 each (you can knock off a few bucks if you go online to their website and buy from there) which seemed a little high at first, but I was very pleasantly surprised. Excellent exhibits and a very modern layout - it's very hands-on for kids whilst balancing a great amount of information for all ages. The dinosaur exhibit is outstanding, and there were a range of different live exhibits occurring as well - for example, an interesting temporary exhibit on poison (with no additional charges for this exhibit - nice). I would strongly recommend this museum to anyone. Spent 3 hours there.
  • The DINO DIG BIRTHDAY PARTY was so much fun! So well done. The museum is beautiful and has so much in it. The cafe is delicious too.
  • Well designed and maintained layout. Exhibit are excellent and interesting for adults and older kids. First museum I've ever been to that all the interactive displays actually work. Recommend taking the elevator up and working top down.
  • Beautiful building built with the environment in mind. Solar powered. The exhibits begin as you walk up from the parking lot with a time line of the Earth and topographical map elevation lines. The Life and Dinosaur exhibits were amazing and full of interactive things to do. The Sky exhibit was severely lacking. Didn't get a chance to try the cafe at all but it looked good. Stunning views of the valley and right next door to Red Butte Gardens so you can do both in one day.
  • For what it's worth, we went on the free day. I did quite enjoy how the Museum does the tickets, making it so it's not too crowded all day long. The Aquarium and other places could take this as a good cue on how to run a free day. The highlight of the museum for me was the gems. The kiddo really liked the erosion stuff, but his favorite was the dinosaurs. The wife seemed to like everything, so I guess it was fun overall. The only drawback I saw was that at the end of the day, it started getting crowded due to the number of people staying from earlier ticket times. But even then, it wasn't too bad.