“amazing architectural design”
The Natural History Museum of Utah illuminates the natural world and the place of humans within it. Located on 17-acres adjacent to Red Butte Garden, the Natural History Museum of Utah serves as the trailhead to Utah for residents and visitors alike. The site overlooks the Salt Lake Valley and is a part of the University of Utah's Research Park. Building the Museum on this site enables a visitor experience thatencompasses both the indoors and the outdoors. Selecting the architects and the exhibit designers at the same time facilitated an integrated building and exhibit design. At several points throughout the galleries, visitors are able to stop and view the local landscape from unique and often new perspectives. While other natural history museums may interpret weather or the water cycle, visitors to the Rio Tinto Center are able to watch dramatic weather and storms roll through the Salt Lake Valley. And often times enjoy amazing sunsets!
Very nice museum. The dinosaur exhibit was amazing. When we visited the featured exhibit was Vikings and they had many artifacts. My favorite thing here though were the smell exhibits... yes smell. Throughout the museum there are smell stations where you can touch a button to smell things like plant life.
If we could give a higher rating we would. Best museum we have seen (even better than Smithsonian) because of the interactive explanation of the area's geologic development, the displays and explanations of dinosaurs, the exquisite cultural displays and the general layout and vistas. If you can go on a clear day or when the clouds are high it will knock your socks off!
I am a volunteer in the Anthropology Lab working with, cleaning, identifying Navajo rugs and other artifacts. Make sure to check the dates for the behind the scenes so you can come on a tour of the labs!
My favorite part is the First People's exhibit, gorgeous objects on display.
Cafe has ok food its fine for a museum, gift shop is fine.
This place was awesome, super hands on for all ages (I am a child at heart). It was awesome how they work with all kinds of learning styles, tangible, audio, visual... I highly recommend it if you like looking at museums. It is by far the best laid out and nicely organized, that I have been to.
One of my favourite places to visit with my family in SLC and, we do so at least once per year. It's among the few that I insist is a must-do in the area. If you haven't been there, GO! Haha.
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Utah Museum of Natural History
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