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Natural History Museum of Utah
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301 Wakara Way Salt Lake City, UT 84108
301 Wakara WayUSUtahSalt Lake City84108
(801) 581-6927nhmu.utah.edu
Natural History Museum, Children's Museum
Natural History Museum
Children's Museum
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Today 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmTuesday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmWednesday 10:00 am – 9:00 pmThursday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmFriday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmSaturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmSunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
We exist to illuminate the natural world and the place of humans within it. Let NHMU be your trailhead to adventures through Utah's famous terrain.
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Modern venue with 10 galleries exploring earth science & Utah’s native cultures in a scenic locale.- Google
"Our kids loved the dinosaur skeletons and gemstone exhibits."
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"This may be the worst natural history museum I've ever been to."
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Andrew Matthews
a month ago
This was probably the best museum we have ever been to (admit, we haven't been to many) It was a ton of fun and very interactive. The exhibits were enticing and we felt like we learned a lot from the experience. The special "Extreme Mammals" exhibit was awesome and deserved a second look before we left, as did the dinosaur exhibits. The layout of the place was awesome and we loved the imagination that went into it's construction - pure genius. They did a fantastic job with the whole thing. We also enjoyed the "cheese and chocolate festival" that just so happened to be going on when we went. It was a lot of fun and educational as well. Will definitely be coming here again.
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Mindy Ellsworth
a month ago
it was so cool! loved the indian exibit ,the gemstone exibit and the natural disasters exibit. i also loved the dinosaur exibit!
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Frederic Woodbridge
11 months ago
Vacillating between loving and liking it and the chocolate exhibit tipped my hand. This is a wonderful distraction and both an entertaining and educational experience. I enjoyed everything about it, starting with its location nestled at the base of those majestic mountains. Its view of Salt Lake City is only surpassed by the views from one of those aforementioned mountains. Every turn contains a new and surprising installation, you will not be bored. Open spaces inside are welcoming & refreshing as well. My only complaint was the complete lack of parking space when I arrived on a Sunday afternoon. Five stars.
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Richard Wysong
11 months ago
This may be the worst natural history museum I've ever been to. It's like an art student tried to make a natural history museum; it seems someone was more concerned with pretty architectural design than functionality. It doesn't have much of anything pre-Mesozoic. If it did, I probably missed it because of the mazelike layout, which has you going back through exhibits you've already seen. Speaking of missing things, I went online afterwards and it turns out I "missed" the special exhibit because it looked like there was nothing after the mineral collection on that floor. A museum shouldn't have lots of forks in the road... it should be like a race track--with curves, but a clear direction. And why not present natural history in chronological order? Oh and the special exhibit? Weaving. Yeah, weaving. As if it's not bad enough that they have two floors of Native American stuff without that. They should rename it the Utah Dinosaurs, Utah Geology and Utah Native American Museum. It certainly doesn't cover all of natural history. It's more for kids and hippies than anyone really interested in science. The "Life" section is nice, but for a 163,000 sq ft natural history museum, I expected a lot more. I would recommend the BYU Museum of Paleontology if you're interested in seeing some actual Hadean rocks, stromatolites and Cambrian fossils. If you don't mind seeing lots of Moroccan fakes, Thanksgiving Point also acknowledges that there were eras before the Mesozoic.
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Ryan Fisk
2 months ago
I'm a huge museum junkie, especially when it comes to science-related ones. My favorites so far are the obligatory Museum of Natural History (New York, NY), the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (Denver, CO), the Franklin Institute (Philadelphia, PA) and the Museum of Science (Boston, MA). After a visit to the brand new Natural History Museum of Utah, however, I'm gonna have to add this one to that list as well! This museum is a short drive from downtown Salt Lake City, up a hilly road, offering beautiful views of the valley skyline surrounded by mountains. The floorplan is spacious, with pretty much everything located on floors 2-5 (only entrance and restrooms are on the first floor). Your best bet is to take the elevator all the way up to five and work your way back down. As you descend from the top floor, you'll see (in this order): 5TH FLOOR - Native Voices (Utah's five native tribes) - Sky (climate/weather/astronomy/etc.) - Outdoor deck (again, nice views) 4TH FLOOR - Life (my favorite - biology, with a lot of Utah-specific facts & stats. Loads of hands-on stuff here too) 3RD FLOOR - Land (the three different regions of Utah) - First Peoples (prehistoric human life in Utah) - Gems & Minerals (brilliant collection of tumbled / rough-cuts) - Special Rotating Exhibit (through Oct. 2013, it's focused on natural disasters) - Great Salt Lake (an obvious nod to the nearby freak of occurrence and it's formation) 2ND FLOOR - Past Worlds (literally descend through a 500-million year timeline, with period animals and plants all around you) - Utah Futures Of course, the obligatory snack bar and gift shop can also be found on the second floor, along with another wonderful deck overlooking the Salt Lake City valley and surrounding mountains. . This museum is nothing short of spectacular! The themed architecture inside really sets the mood around each of the exhibit areas, and the exhibits themselves are well-thought out. There's even localized background sounds/effects (most evident in the "life" area) that envelop you into the various climate murals on display. Positioned throughout all the exhibits are loads of adult and kid-friendly hands-on stations that further immerse you into the science/research behind everything shown. I'd recommend the Natural History Museum of Utah in a heartbeat to anyone visiting Salt Lake City. With so much to learn and so many exhibits to explore, this new museum is a treat to tourists and local residents alike!
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Robert Kovacs
5 months ago
Great museum, nice, clean and well build. So many interesting things. Specialy loved those featurings like smell of the rainforest, sounds and things that they actualy want you to touch (unlike in most museums which do not allow you to touch anything..) I would be able to spend there couple days, not just hours ... Definetly worth a special trip. Greetings from Slovakia
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Hayden Cook
3 weeks ago
Really enjoyed this museum! Very modern and nice and top class.
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Ahmad Hanif
a week ago
wow. best feeling i've visit here

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