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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  • The Natural History Museum was probably one of our favorite things we did in Salt Lake City. Parking is easy and the location is really nice. The museum is on top of a hill that has beautiful views....  more »
  • This place is very nice and must visit who has interest in dinosaurs and evolution. We loved the place. From top floor there is a scenic view as well.  more »
  • Enjoyed the Native Voices Gallery and the dinosaur skeletons the most. But the whole museum was interesting. The outside terraces were nice breaks to see views (unfortunately obscured by smoke this...  more »
  • This is one of my favorite Utah museums. The exhibits are always carefully thought out so that folks of all ages and knowledge levels can come and learn something new. Their dinosaur collection is awesome. One cool thing I noticed this time around was that some of the exhibits have a little "smell me" button that you can push and scented air comes out, which adds another level of immersion to the experience. I would recommend this place to families with children, college students, people looking for an interesting date night, and tourists hoping to learn a bit more about our state and the world.
  • My husband Jason and I had an amazing time. Our favorite was the Dinosaur exhibit. The Dinosaurs were displayed well. It was also interesting to watch the process of dinosaur bones being pieced together and examined in a laboratory setting right there in the museum. The volunteer, Sharon, was knowledgeable and talked to us about the dinosaurs and Yellowstone and even recommended a scenic route to drive there. Her recommendations made our trip to the Museum and Yellowstone a memorable one. Date visited: Tuesday September 10, 2019
  • The Natural History Museum of Utah is one of my favorite museums of all time. Unlike the Natural History Museum of New York, this place is quiet enough to be able to read the information and enjoy the experience. There are interactive exhibits that are super fun, especially if you have kids, and the information is relevant. The dinosaur exhibit holds the largest collection of horned fossils in the world! Additionally, the café inside has surprisingly good food and drinks, so there's a great place to cool off after your visit. Lastly, the architecture and surrounding area are beautiful, and you will absolutely not be disappointed with the views.
  • I have enjoyed visiting the Natural History Museum of Utah for many years. The museum is great for all ages. Family events are held during holidays, with Halloween being a favorite. I appreciate the exhibits relevant to regional geography and history, not only in terms of natural resources and prehistoric dinosaurs, but also with a focus on first people in the region. I also know that the museum is home to collections of great value for building new knowledge about the world, and operates in close concert with educational institutions throughout the state to provide interesting and relevant curriculum. I really enjoy looking into the windows of the vault and specimen processing rooms.
  • When first approaching the Natural History Museum of Utah, you're struck by the beautiful exterior, and that same fascination is common throughout exploring this museum. With 5 floors of hands-on and interactive exhibits, visitors of all ages will have something to enjoy. The 'Land' and 'Life' exhibits were by far my favorite, with fun interactive water features, cool bugs, and plenty of interesting things to learn. Would definitely visit the Natural History Museum again.

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