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Natural History Museum of Utah, Salt Lake City

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Natural History Museum Museum
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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  • I wanted to take my 4-year-old grandson because he is into Dinosaurs. I was astounded at how many bones and fossils they had. At least 8 full sized Dinosaurs. A wonderful Gem display. Great architectu...  more »
  • If you like dinosaurs, this is the place (pun intended). Utah has a rich option to experience digging up the past. The "behind the scenes" tour to see live work it AMAZING!  more »
  • Great place to kill a few hours before a return flight. Well worth the smile and wonder on a 19 year olds face making them display child like qualities that they try and hide normally. The Vikings dis...  more »
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  • This is a great museum. It's directed to all audiences, with a lot of information and a lot of hands on learning. I was able to learn so much about Utah's natural history here. It's a very entertaining and fun museum to visit. It is separated into different topics, which makes it easy if you're planning on focusing on a certain area of history. It's reasonably priced, and definitely worth it. I'd recommend it to anyone who's interested in natural history.
  • Love this place! Great place to visit on non-peak hours. For best experience, be sure to avoid school field trip peak times. Complete cluster! Kids run wild with very little supervision. I get it! It's a kids museum and therefore kids are likely to been seen. But the two times I visited, happened to be with field trip kids visiting and it was excruciating! More docents are needed to monitor the exhibits and facility!! Exhibits are always fresh, engaging, and entertaining. Overall, good value for admission price!
  • Absolutely excellent. I've been coming to the museum since I was a little kid. Since then a lot had changed but for the better. I had the opportunity to bring my little girl for the first time today. She had a blast. :)
  • Fantastic exhibits for the whole family. There are many free interactive activities that you can participate in. It is very cool. Plan on spending at least 2 hours here if you want the full experience. You won't get bored!
  • Great exhibits, especially the dinosaur exhibit. Can't really hit everything in just an afternoon. You get to watch people at work on fossils and get to see the warehouse of all of the items they can rotate into the displays. The Vikings special exhibit was extremely nice as well.

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Salt Lake City offers an array of diverse accommodations, from big downtown hotels to rustic bed and breakfasts. Vacation homes and condos in residential areas are ideal if you’re planning a longer stay, providing conveniences such as kitchens and laundry facilities. Those most interested in the area’s natural delights can book a lodge or cabin in the city outskirts, bordering the nearby wilderness. Campsites and RV parks are a budget-friendly option for nature lovers.
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