Natural History Museum of Utah, Salt Lake City
Categories: Natural History Museums, Museums
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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Admittedly I came the first time because I had a class assignment. I had been to the museum when I was much younger when the location was in the older building. I was pleasantly surprised how beautifu... read more »
Okay, this place is great for the kids! But you do not have to be a kid to enjoy this place. You just have to like dinosaurs and/or ancient history. The place is set-up like a big city metropolitan mu... read more »
This is an outstanding museum in an exhilarating setting. The dinosaur exhibit will take your breath away.
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.
Beautifully designed building sits in the foothills by the university. The museum is laid out so you flow seamlessly from floor to floor. There are also plenty of interactive elements for children and adults to play with. It's a great place to visit for the day and there are numerous paths just outside the museum for hiking, a quick stroll or to let the kids get some energy out.
Such a fun place to visit with lots of hands on activities for kids. We packed a lunch and ate it on their shaded patio area. Other food is available and indoor seating if you prefer. One other thing my kids liked was a cart at the gift shop that had things for less than a couple dollars. I loved the layout of the museum.
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.
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