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Natural History Museum of Utah

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Address: 301 S Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108-1214
Phone Number:
+1 801-581-6927
Today
10:00 - 17:00
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Hours:
Wed 10:00 - 21:00
Thu - Tue 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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An Amazing Museum

My boys (10 & 6) love this place! They beg me to take them almost every weekend. Very educational and fun.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My boys (10 & 6) love this place! They beg me to take them almost every weekend. Very educational and fun.

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West Fargo, North Dakota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Very educational and entertaining for all ages! Many things to see. Little pricey to get in for adults and children. Very interactive and lots to learn about.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My family loved this museum, as you walk through the different sections your mind cannot decide where to go first from dinosaurs to indian pottery. we spend 4 hours and could have spend more time, it was great!

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West Valley City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

State of the art museum, friendly employees and the special exhibits are first class. (latest was history of Poison). What makes this museum above the rest, is the amazing collection of real dinosaur finds, unlike some other places that have replicas, this is the real deal. it is set up so you can go from floor to floor without noticing... More 

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Salt Lake City, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you like museums and natural history in particular, this the place for you. The displays and exhibits are impressive. It also offers great views of the valley and is located next to other attractions like Red Butte Gardens. This is truly a world class museum.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The NHMU may be small compared to natural history museums in other states, but this museum is great! It's not too big that it tires you out, but not too small that you become bored. It has a great exhibit on dinosaurs, plenty of activities to keep you involved, and a really beautiful view of the valley. Great for kids... More 

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Helena, Montana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Knocked out by the dinosaur and ancient life exhibit! WOW! This is a must see for the dinosaur loving kiddos--and adults, too. The ability to watch the lab folks cleaning and exposing the fossils from rock that hosted them was unique and instructive. It is so painstaking. This is my first visit since the museum was overhauled and it is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We decided to visit the museum as it was not a ski day - too much rain. First the location and design of the museum are great. It has a nice flow. The exhibits are thoughtful, well done and numerous. It is a great place for adults as well as parents with children. We woul highly recommend.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After ski injury we looked for inside things to do and decided on this museum, so Glad we did! Adults, college kids and Tweens. It was a great exhibit. The dinosaurs and Native American collections were amazing! This is a must see place! We will go back again next time we're in town. Could have spent all day talking to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hands down, this is my family's favorite museum to visit in Salt Lake City. There is something for everyone to enjoy from dinosaurs to ancient artifacts to hands on exhibits. I learn something every time I visit, and I always bring visiting family and friends here, especially in the colder months when you need a break from skiing. We easily... More 

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