Natural History Museum of Utah, Salt Lake City

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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. Put Natural History Museum of Utah and other Salt Lake City attractions into our Salt Lake City trip itinerary planning site , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Attended a conference dinner here and found it stunningly beautiful. The meal was tasty and elegant and I found the staff to be helpful and professional. I wish we could have had access to see the exh...  more »
  • Great museum. Lots of interesting displays and artifacts. Several interactive displays that inject some hands-on fun into history and science. Could have easily spent two days there looking and readin...  more »
  • I love how the building blends into the landscape. All the exhibits are done well. My only issue which is of little importance was at the end of my visit and I went to cafe and ordered a perfectly awf...  more »
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  • Great place for all ages. Although not a children's museum, they're lots of kids specific attractions. Special event and holiday celebrations are great. noon new years Eve celebration is s lot of fun and s great way to celebrate the new year without staying up until midnight. parking is free, food and gifts available, restrooms, lots of seating throughout exhibit, wheelchair accessible everywhere, reasonable prices and discounts available... Fun fun fun.
  • I am a member, and if you are around often, I recommend getting a membership. Especially if you have kids, there is definitely something for everyone here. They have special exhibits each year from March till early January. They have birthday parties, a cafe, a gift shop, and 5 floors of things to look at, hear, touch, and smell. There is an earthquake machine, models of the Great Salt Lake and its water sources, a floor on life (cells, genes, etc.), and your typical dinosaur fossils that are amazingly restored. There's an exhibit on Native Peoples, the weather, and the future world. If you're ever in Salt Lake, you need to come see this museum! Note: The picture features is from the Native Peoples exhibition.
  • Great place to learn about the natural history of Utah. Plenty of interactive exhibits for the family to learn from. The fourth floor has a station where kids are teaching other kids about arachnids, centipedes, millipedes, and other creepy crawlers. Plenty of dinosaur bones from species that lived in Utah. Plenty of taxidermy animals and a beautiful array of butterflies. You'll spend a good two to three hours here with the family, a date, it just yourself. Enjoy!
  • This place is amazing. The first time i saw the exhibit space I wept because it was so beautiful. I highly recommend this space for any visitor of the city. This place is great for kids. I visit about once a month with my kid and he likes it. It would be nice to see more interaction with museum staff and volunteers on the weekends. Full disclosure, I volunteered here for a year, and, while I had a lot of fun, it felt more like an unpaid job.
  • The list of exciting things about this museum would be rather extensive. I personally am quite fond of the Viking exhibit. If you haven't been here, you probably should. It has a great balance of replicas and authentic pieces so the viewer can really get a feel for the point in history. I love how many interactive displays there are. I do really wish their hours weren't so short. Makes it so those of us that work every day have a hard time coming any day but Wednesday. Why is Wednesday the one late day? It's a terrible day to bring a date and an awkward day to gather friends. On a final note - and this may have just been a personal issue, you may find otherwise - I did have some minor difficulty navigating the building as easily as I would have liked to be able to see all the displays. Additional overhead signs with directions would be welcome in my opinion.

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