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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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This was the highlight to our trip and totally unplanned. The amount of stuff to look at and learn from is a full day. Loved the views, the dinosaurs were amazing and the animals... read more

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was the highlight to our trip and totally unplanned. The amount of stuff to look at and learn from is a full day. Loved the views, the dinosaurs were amazing and the animals in general were done great! Strongly suggest you fit this is. Great for all ages.

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Thank Stephanie S
Salt Lake City, Utah
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We've been here a number of times, and always find it interesting. It is definitely a place to take kids! It's one of the best museums we have been in in our travels.

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Natural History Museum is beautiful. The location is well thought out on the side of the mountain with amazing views of the valley. What they've done with all the dusty specimens of the old natural history museum is astounding from the beautiful wall in the entrance to the "sedimentary" layers of Utah's rich archaeological and dinosaur wealth. We stop in... More 

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Lacey, Washington
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

As a tourist who likes to visit museums, this one knocks it out of the park. Thoughtfully designed to reflect the geography of Utah, this museum had 5 floors of natural history brought to life. It is definitely a MUST SEE! The floor with the dinosaurs is beyond comparison. They have placed more dinosaurs on one floor than most museums... More 

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Thank AnnaDan M
Ithaca, New York
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Don't miss the exhibit on Level 5 about Utah's native Americans. Watch the video and take your time examining all of the beadwork. Stunning.

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Thank mgnithaca
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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 1 week ago 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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Nancy
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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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