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301 Wakara Way Salt Lake City, UT 84108
301 Wakara WayUSUtahSalt Lake City84108
(801) 581-6927nhmu.utah.edu
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Modern venue with 10 galleries exploring earth science & Utah’s native cultures in a scenic locale.- Google
"Chocolate festival was awesome and the place is neatly organised."
"We packed a lunch and ate it on their shaded patio area."
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Adam Morgan
a month ago
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.
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Bailey Ludlam
3 months ago
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.
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Seth Higham
a month ago
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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Chris Toplack
a year ago
I was sent to Salt Lake City on business and went out of my way to spend a couple of hours at the museum. Without a shadow of a doubt, it was the highlight of my entire week. While I spent a mere two hours at the museum, I could have easily hung around for the entire day. There's so much to see and do that you should allow yourself with ample time to visit every room/floor/exhibit. The dinosaur fossils were awe-inspiring and unlike anything I have ever experienced in person. It was worth the price of admission alone. For 13 dollars, you simply should not pass up this incredibly fascinating museum.
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Clint Savage
3 weeks ago
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.
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Response from the owner - 3 weeks ago
Thanks for visiting! Keep an eye out for our changing special exhibits. Our next one is called The Power of Poison. It opens October 15, just in time for Halloween, but runs into the spring. Genome, our current special exhibit, runs through Labor Day 2016. All special exhibits are included with regular admission.
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SueZan Wight
a month ago
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.
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Plus Aziz
a month ago
A top-notch natural history museum with a real sense of storytelling and narrative. Hyper-locally focused in terms of its content and the building is just stunning with plenty of interactive parts. Definitely a favorite stop in SLC.
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Tyler Owens
5 months ago
Fancy modern building and interesting exhibits. However, I felt there were relatively few exhibits. Took me an hour and a half to get through all floors reading the displays half the time and perusing the other half. Moderately kid friendly. Overpriced admissions.

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What are the top 5 dinosaur myths?
NHMU Curator of Paleontology, Randy Irmis, helps to clarify some common misconceptions about dinosaurs.
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Some serious chocolatey research is going on at NHMU. Unfortunately, this doesn't involve eating a lot of it. :(
No archaeologist would have guessed it, but the oldest evidence of cacao use in the Southwestern U.S. was found in an Ancestral Puebloan village in Utah.
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First excavated in 1930–31, the Promontory Cave moccasins on display at the Natural History Museum of Utah offer a glimpse into a culture in transition.
New evidence discovered in the Promontory caves reveals that a group of fantastic hunters and lovers of games and gambling were the inhabitants. Archaeologist and friend of NHMU, Jack Ives, believes that they were an Athabaskan or Dene-speaking culture from subarctic Canada, making friends in Utah.
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Looking for something to do this evening? Come join us at NHMU for a tasty BBQ and free concert featuring Better Off With the Blues. Watching the sunset from the foothills ain't too bad either. ;)
Co-presented with KRCL, enjoy the incredible view of the Salt Lake Valley while relaxing with some delicious BBQ and enjoying the acoustic music of Better off with the Blues. Better Off With The Blues began life as an acoustic blues band with roots in Delta Blues, Country Blues, Folk Blues, Rags and Jug Band music.Members include Lou Borgenicht (harp and vocals), Harold Carr (bass), Jim Poulton (guitar and vocals), and Paul Rasmussen (guitar, man...
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Join University of Utah meteorologist John Horel to learn about fire weather. 

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Is your favorite part of the Natural History Museum getting a facelift? 
It’s been five years since we first installed the 600 objects in our glass-enclosed Collections Wall. Now, we’re preserving some of the light-sensitive artifacts and bringing in objects from other collections to create a new, updated look for our visitors.
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Caring for true treasures of the American West at the Natural History Museum of Utah.
In 2001, NHMU received a Save America’s Treasures Grant to restore an amazing cache of moccasins found in the Promontory Point caves. The conservation work was methodical and meticulous, and as a result, the conserved and reshaped moccasins are available for generations of researchers to study.
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Can you curl your tongue? If so, see where you fall in our Interactive Trait Tree—part of NHMU's special exhibition, Genome: Unlocking Life's Code. Remember, this exhibit closes September 5, 2016.
How we look is determined by genetics, but sometimes looks can be deceiving. We share more than you might think.
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We have a new blog! Check it out . . . 
We can now produce amazingly detailed images of our entomology collection as we slowly add our 275,000 specimens to our online database.
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Meteorologist Sarah Bang studies severe storms in Utah.  Join Sarah to see how storm clouds form, how lightning works, and where hail comes from.  

See an electrical capacitor in action as it electrifies and discharges, and witness the birth of a cloud inside the Museum.
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