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Natural History Museum of Utah

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Address: 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Phone Number: +1 801-581-6927
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Wed 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu - Tue 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: 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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If you like dinosaur or Ice Age fossils, a must-see!

One of the few locations in the US with a major dinosaur/other fossil collection (not replicas- the real thing). New, beautiful museum, stunning location high above city, right on... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Portsmouth, New Hampshire

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

One of the few locations in the US with a major dinosaur/other fossil collection (not replicas- the real thing). New, beautiful museum, stunning location high above city, right on U of U campus. Family loved it, strongly recommend. Probably should allocate two hours for the visit. Good value for family of four, at about $44.

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This was a great museum that was set up nicely. Lots of American Indian artifacts, and plenty of fossils. The life section taught me a lot about biology and genetics. There was also a geology section with rocks and minerals. I learned how the great salt lake formed. Plenty of hands on activities as well. Well worth a visit.

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Frederick, Maryland, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

The museum was fantastic. It was very well designed. There were hands-on opportunities for my grandsons, age 10 and 7. I learned many things I did not know. The emphasis is on the Native American culture and anthropology and environment. As we walked through it we could stop if something we especially interesting or continue through the different floors.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Simply splendid a very interesting museum worth your while! Craigslist organize and very interesting and I learned a lot

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South Jordan, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Must go! This museum fascinates young and old alike. As a mother of four kids with a ten year spread in ages, I appreciate that this museum has something to offer for all of their interests and ages.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We only had a couple of hours to tour while in SLC, and I'm glad we stopped here. Was most impressed that they have a working lab there and paleontologist too! The exhibits were very nice and the layout of the museum was not only pretty, but functional as well. Outside on the observatory deck is a nice view of... More 

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Bountiful, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This is a place to return to over and over again. The architecture is superb, the exhibits amazing. This museum is one of the best I have visited. The location is so beautiful on the hillside with a view of the city (easy for kids to look out at the valley and picture some of the history that happened there).... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The Natural History Museum of Utah is located on the east side of Salt Lake City on the University of Utah campus in an architecturally significant structure. The exhibits engage you because of their layout and manner of presentation. Children will be particularly captured by the children's learning area, the windowed research laboratory and the large number of dinosaur skeletons... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The museum is perched up on the side of an elevated hill well outside of the downtown area where I was staying. I took a taxi from the downtown Hilton to the museum & it costs me about $12-$15 one way. There is public transportation that will get you there eventually...but it is a long & slow trip. The bus... More 

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Newport News, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Beautiful architecture here, containing wonderful exhibits of prehistoric creatures. Also lots of geology related exhibits showing how the environment is believed to have evolved over the ages. Well organized, good value for you tourist dollar.

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