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Natural History Museum of Utah Salt Lake City

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Natural History Museum of Utah
The University Of Utah
301 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City
UT
84108
Tel: 801.581.4303

Directions

The museum is located next to Red Butte Garden, and has two levels of parking adjacent to the building. They are located at 301 Wakara Way in Salt Lake City.

Where are we going today?

The Natural History Museum of Utah is an incredible way for kids to learn all about this amazing state, and the history that makes it the amazing place to visit that it is today!

This museum is a place where science comes to life - it makes it entertaining for kids, with fascinating exhibits and FIVE more times the artifacts on display than there used to be - pretty amazing! The museum is a treasure trove of fascinating objects, wonderful and amazing science, geological wonders, and of course - those amazing creatures that walked the earth millions of years ago. Dinosaurs!

The Natural History Museum of Utah is filled with stories of living history that will educate and fascinate the entire family.

During your time at the museum, you can enjoy the range of permanent exhibitions on display - across a whole range of topics. Explore the sky and it's weather, and even astronomy. You can learn all about the traditions of the five native nations that call Utah home. You can journey through three regions which were formed over millions of years ago - including the Colorado Plateau.

You can even take those smaller kids to "Our Backyard" which is a discovery-based environment that allows them to experience natural history first hand. 

The Natural History Museum of Utah also have special exhibitions, which only last a few months so make sure you check them out when you can so you don't miss out! 

So get ready for an amazing, fun, educational and fascinating time at this Salt Lake City experience!  

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$13. $11 for Young Adult ages 13 - 24.
  • Children$9 (Ages 3 to 12)
  • Free Under: 2 & under and members
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

10am - 5pm every day except Wednesday, which closes at 9pm.

Open every day except Christmas and Thanksgiving.

Teachers corner

There are great programs for teachers and students, with field trips, workshops and Science Academies all being offered to give students a unique learning perspective. A nice change from the classroom indeed! .

I'm Hungry!

The Museum Cafe has tasty snacks and drinks, including breakfast pastries, smoothies, and sandwiches. .

Healthy Eating!

The cafe offer healthy snacks including salads and water. .

Any Top Tips?

Why not have your science-themed birthday party if you are turning between 4 and 12 years old? What an amazingly unique experience for your celebration! .

Doing our bit

The museum do a great job trying to be environmentally friendly! The building and grounds are built according to the Energy and Environmental Design Certificate, and they also work with solar panels, and incorporate green elements into the operations and construction. Amazing effort! .

Need a little extra help?

All of the restrooms are ADA friendly, there are elevators in the museum and ramps outside the museum and throughout the galleries. There are also handicap parking spots on your approach to the entrance. .

Baby Facilities

There is a Mother's Room/Family Bathroom located on Level 2..

Can I get one of those?

What a great way to remember your museum experience - the Museum Store! You can find handmade items, books, notecards, clothing and of course dinosaur toys! .

More information

Check out the various kids programs available, including summer camps and overnight stays at the museum! .

What people are saying?

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    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...Read More

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    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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    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...Read More

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    Going to a museum with two children under ten and three adults over 50 could be a challenge, but not at the Natural History Museum! With hands on exhibits for kids of all ages, everyone was entertained. Humorous enough is when we realized we had been there for over three hours without even being aware of time passing! It was a great experience and I do recommend that you spend a day at the museum. My kids (5 & 7) loved it, as did my aunt, uncle and mother visiting from the Mid-West.

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    Fabulous building, engaging exhibits and beautiful location. One of the best museums we've visited. Our kids loved the dinosaur skeletons and gemstone exhibits. Nice balance between science and history with one of the best native american exhibits around. The Life exhibit was also especially good. Highly recommended.

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by Frederic Woodbridge

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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.

by Richard Wysong

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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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