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“Wowed Grandparents and Grandkids alike” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Natural History Museum of Utah

Natural History Museum of Utah
301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108
+1 801-581-6927
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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!
Folsom, California (USA)
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“Wowed Grandparents and Grandkids alike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

We three grandparents took our 3 Grandkids (ages 9, 6, and 3). All of us were enthralled. Many Imaginative interactive stations for kids to play and learn. The exhibits were well-paced and displayed. It is truly incredible the range of dinosaur fossils, human history, ecological displays, gems and rocks, on display here. Simple cafe to take a break, and wonderful view of the basin from the terrace. Just go!

Visited July 2013
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“Such potential but lacking something...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

The building is a beautiful building with such potential, but such a waste of space. I've seen some reviews talking about the atrium and how it was designed to be a large canyon, but that is exactly what it has become, a large canyon without much substance. I will admit, the museum started off well with the dinosaur exhibit. I was quite impressed but it soon went downhill from here. Please don't take this review that this is a bad museum, because it has it's highpoints, but unfortunately it has it's low points. It tries to do a decent job of showing how the area formed etc, but lacks anything to really draw you in and get you involved in wanting to learn more. Since we had a museum membership at a different museum, our admission was at no charge but if I had paid the full admission for my whole family, I would have been disappointed.

Visited June 2013
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“Interesting exhibits, spectacular views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

One of the better Natural history museums! The building architecture is amazing, ranging from the copper facade to the interior atrium resembling a box canyon. Huge dinosaur exhibit with prehistoric fossils, bones, and reconstructions galore. A section on the local environment and how the area was shaped. Spectacular views from the roof overlooking the Wasatch Valley. A great way to spend a few hours in SLC.

Visited May 2013
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“kids loved this and so did the adults!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Took 11, 13 and 15 year old...they loved it. We allotted 1 hour ended up staying 2 and they were not ready to go. There is something for everyone, a beautiful roof top and I loved the crystal displays.

Visited July 2013
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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“Nice, but not great for small children”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Housed in a beautiful building the museum had a lot of neat exhibits, but only a handful were interactive, which means the rest were just items in display cases that you could read about. I wish I would have been able to stop and read the various descriptions, but my children are two and three which means we kept on walking past the display cases. There is one room on the main floor designed for youngsters where we could have spent all day. There's a river with plastic bugs and animals they can fish out with nets, and an underground tunnel they can crawl through and lots of comfy chairs for the parents, but at $8 for three and up and $11 for adults it was an expensive playroom! They do have a room of tables next to the cafe where you can eat a packed lunch which was nice.

Visited July 2013
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