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Natural History Museum of Utah

Address: 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Phone Number: +1 801-581-6927
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$29*
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
Owner description: As the Utah state museum of natural history, this top attraction...
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Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
Owner description: 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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Bangkok, Thailand
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

This museum is close to University of Utah research park. Entrance fee is 13 USD for adult and 9 USD for children. The museum has 5 floors with outside patio (Sky terrace) for valley scenic view on fifth floor (I recommend start with this floor first). Fourth floor exhibit a huge variety of "life". Third floor exhibit lands, Gems and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We spent three hours in the museum and we were still not done by the time it closed. We liked the exterior & interior space, the display of artifacts, and the way it invited you to interact with and be curious about the subject. There were lots of young children during my visit and they didn't show any sign of... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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142 reviews 142 reviews
38 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The Natural History Museum of Utah has the advantage of a great collection, particularly dinosaurs, in a new building. Every detail from prehistoric to gene sequencing is well designed and child friendly.

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Abilene, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We could have spent all day there! It is a great museum. When we went they were having "Behind the Scenes" where we were able to see what they had in storage. Very cool!

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Brigham City, Utah
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41 reviews 41 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

The floor plan is superb! Start at the top and work your way down over ramps and bridges. natural history galore. Many interractive exhibits appeal to children of all ages. Soo much to learn!

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Perth, United Kingdom
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329 reviews 329 reviews
76 attraction reviews
173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

The NHM of SLC sits high at Red Butte overlooking SLC. It is in the Utah University complex and is sympathetically built into the hillside. The dinosaur displays are easily the most interesting followed by the native Indian cultural materials. Otherwise I thought the displays and materials were average. The materials are very focused on and reflective of the state... More 

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Brigham City, Utah, United States
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63 reviews 63 reviews
18 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We had heard how cool this place was and finally made it down to experience for ourselves. If you are disabled and can not walk far or well, make sure you bring your own wheel chair as they do not have any available for their disabled patrons. They do have benches where you can sit down if you need to... More 

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NHMU, Manager at Natural History Museum of Utah, responded to this review

Dear Linda, Thank you for sharing your experience at the Natural History Museum of Utah. We strive to exceed our guests’ expectations and value the feedback they provide. We are sorry that your visit was less comfortable and shorter than it would have been if you’d had a wheelchair. Accessibility is very important to the Museum. We offer free wheelchairs... More 

Salt Lake City, Utah
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129 reviews 129 reviews
30 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Neat displays, although a bit overwhelming due to all of the information. Great dinosaur exhibit if you are into that. I love to visit gift shops, but this museum's gift shop needs a bit of improvement.

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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

I have been here on multiple occasions only to find myself returning to a giddy state of awe and amazement.

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Fort St. John, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Just the shear architecture of the museum is something to see. The cafe upstairs has amazing sandwiches. The staff are all friendly and helpful. The models in the dinosaur exhibit are stunning. Everything is laid out perfectly with a clean and modern design. A must see if your close to Salt Lake City

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