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Natural History Museum of Utah

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Address: 301 S Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108-1214
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+1 801-581-6927
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10:00 - 17:00
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Wed 10:00 - 21:00
Thu - Tue 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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As the Utah state museum of natural history, this top attraction provides...

As the Utah state museum of natural history, this top attraction provides an introduction to the science in Utah's remarkable landscape! With engaging exhibits and over 5,000 artifacts on display, the Museum features Utah's paleontology discoveries, fascinating gems and minerals found world-wide, preserved artifacts from Utah's prehistoric peoples, and stories told by the five Native nations that lie within the state's boundaries.

Journey to the top of a three-story indoor Canyon. Wander through Utah's dinosaurs and animal life. Interact with earthquakes, erosion, and our Digital Globe to discover how the earth's surface and the Great Salt Lake have changed over time. Enjoy breath-taking views from our observatory deck. Hike the Bonneville Shoreline trail. Experience natural history as only Utah can reveal it. Enjoy beverages, lunch or a snack at the Museum Cafe. Shop the Museum Store for unique jewelry and gift items influenced by nature's design. Visitors with young kids will enjoy Our Backyard, an intimate, discovery-based environment that invites our pre-school visitors to experience natural history first hand!

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The views of the valley are amazing

We spent four hours on a cold rainy day checking out their exhibits. Poisons was the theme of their rotating exhibit, history, creatures, sources, worth an hour at least. There... read more

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent four hours on a cold rainy day checking out their exhibits. Poisons was the theme of their rotating exhibit, history, creatures, sources, worth an hour at least. There are a wide variety of subjects covered on their multiple floors, lots of them are interactive. My daughter has attended several of their summer camps, book early, they fill up... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The natural history Museum is outstanding. The design of the museum is well thought out. There's a lot of information that is presented in an organized way. It's very logical and interesting. Don't miss the view from the top. It is magnificent. And it is something you'd want to share with those you love.

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Utah is definitively the place to look for dinosaurs. The display in this museum is stunning. The architecture of the building (open in 2011) is quite interesting. The museography inside is up to the best standard: few displays but well chosen, organised in a pedagogical promenade, and well explained. Kids should have an excellent time as special activities (such as... More 

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Auburn, California
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This museum is also called Rio Tinto Center. There is so much to see and enjoy in their interactive exhibits. There are newly discovered dinosaurs, diverse eco-systems, life ways of its American Indians and their cultures. The museum's award-winning architecture inspired by Utah's beautiful landscapes. On the roof of the museum we saw the panoramic view of Salt Lake City.... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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My husband was working in Salt Lake for the day. I have an 11 year old and a 14 year old. Very impressive collection!! Dinosaurs were spectacular! Loved that they were all from Utah! We also really liked the Poison exhibit! My teenage son especially liked this! Great rocks and minerals. Wish there had been more in the Native American... More 

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Great day out. Make sure you catch the trolley up to the hospital, then catch the free bus. Definitely worth the trip 'up the hill'. Amazing view from the balcony. It doesn't take long to look around, but definitely worth it.

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Museums make for a long boring day with kids if it's not a good one! This museum is interactive, educational, interesting and very beautiful! We enjoyed 3 hours here. All 5 floors have points of interest and wonderful activities. From the origin of life and cells and dna, to dinosaur skeletons and digs, this museum has all that Utah has... More 

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We went back again this year for the Cheese and Chocolate Festival. Still crowded but still fun to taste all of the great chocolate samples from the vendors. Included in our museum entrance fee. Then we had lunch in the little cafe on the second floor. Good and not too pricey. I had a cup of soup and half of... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our new Museum of Natural History is so fabulous and innovative. There is a great area for hands-on activities, information about global warming and local temperature increases, an incredible Native American art exhibit, and best of all - the dinosaur exhibit. This exhibit walks you back in time, and there are several mounted dinosaurs, some are even airborne. It's really... More 

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Perfect way to spend hours enjoying the many varied exhibits. And it is so close to the city center and hotels. University of Utah campus is impressive!

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