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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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014 via mobile

this east coast based Nana was fortunate enough to be a chaperone on granddaughter's field trip while visiting the family. The students are studying Utah Native Americans and the exhibit contained mostly native crafts. The special Horse exhibit was great. My biggest issue was with the staff. Everyone I came in contact with had their cranky pants on this day.... More 

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Granite, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I was disappointed when the museum was built as Red Butte is a diamond in the Salt Lake valley. However, the designer did an excellent job incorporating the museum into the hillside. The exhibits are phenomenal. The special events are incredible and the views from the front porch of the valley are gorgeous. I was specially enamored by the Native... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I've been to the museum a few times. The location is beautiful- right on the bench- and right next to the fabulous Red Butte Gardens, which makes it a great stop for any visitor. The way it was designed to blend in with the mountains is really amazing. It also has a very contemporary feel- super open inside- a gorgeous... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

the Horse exhibit and the behind the scenes open house were both excellent. If you go for the horse exhibit, be sure to pay the extra $1 to have a docent tour

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

A very well staged and informative museum. We were fortunate to be there for a "behind the scenes" event and it was great to meet some of the staff and volunteers and have questions answered immediately. Great for adults and kids.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

This beautifully designed museum is a visual delight from the roadway approach to the entire interior. It is set onto the mountain bench in a manner which Frank Lloyd Wright would have appreciated and which then offers grand views from large platforms of the Salt Lake Valley, Great Salt Lake, Kennecott Copper Mine and the Oquirrh Moutains across the valley.... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

We took our almost one and a half year old daughter and she enjoyed the ramps between floors, digging in the sand meant for uncovering dinosaur bones, and the interactive water exhibits. The part of the dinosaur exhibit where you look down at bones beneath you scared her a bit. It was worth walking through even if we were only... More 

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Norcross, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

We had an excellent and educational time at the Natural History Museum of Utah. It was very well laid out and contained wonderful displays and information from dinosaurs to current day. I highly recommended that you pay the extra dollar to get a guided tour of the special exhibit, which was about horses from prehistoric times to current day uses... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Lots of dinosaurs. My kids loved the water exhibit on the great salt lake. Some hands on info about flood zones, etc. We went during the chocolate exhibit. They also like the rocks and stones. There are several hands-on exhibits. Probably 3 and up. Younger than that would be difficult. Stroller friendly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Thoughtfully designed, exquisitely executed museum. Even if you don't "get" natural history, there will be something here to engage you. And the building itself is a work of art with beautiful views of the Salt Lake valley. And this place is not just for kids. We take our adult friends there and have a great time.

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