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Natural History Museum of Utah

301 S Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108-1214
+1 801-581-6927
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
301 S Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108-1214
+1 801-581-6927
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Reviewed yesterday

Took our grandchildren there & they loved it. Lots of interactive exhibits & a large dinosaur collection. The geology area is nice as is the area on the local flora & fauna. The building is impressive & the are 4 floors to explore.

Thank Shirley T
Reviewed 2 days ago

This museum is nicely designed so that you may travel several floors to see different attractions. I really enjoyed walking through the section showing dinosaur bones and the laboratory where scientists examine finds. The museum was sponsoring a Viking exhibit, which was superb. I visited...More

Thank esaneske4god
Reviewed 2 days ago

The building is beautiful - modern architecture, very clean, amazing views of the valley. It appears to be laid out well for a walking tour, although there were some surprisingly awkward traffic moments, particularly from room to room. Those in our party who love earth...More

Thank Lisa S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We recently visited the natural history museum on a hot summer afternoon. This is a very nice new facility located in the University of Utah's Research Park. It is a wonderful, new facility and has a nice permanent collection devoted to the SW Indian cultures....More

Thank Russ ,
Reviewed 1 week ago

The building itself was gorgeous. This museum had the best collection of dinosaur fossils I have ever seen. It also included Indian artifacts, gems and explanations of the geology of the area. There are many interactive displays for children. We visited on a Sunday, and...More

1  Thank islandpat2017
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I really loved this museum. Very kid- friendly with lots of dinosaur bones and interactive exhibits. Easy to walk with ramps to almost all levels. Views of SLC are magnificent from the rooftop deck.

Thank fitzga
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fun and interactive, said my 11 year old daughter. We'll have to come back again, I said. Lots of cool activities, said my right year old son. I loved how it's wheel chair friendly since I broke my foot (they traded my crutches for one)....More

Thank skinzer1
Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent 3 hours here on a cross country trip. Beautiful facility with excellent exhibits- some interactive which was great for my 4 y.o. A definite must visit when in SLC.

Thank baltimoreCPT
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I have been "members" since the Museum opened! We visit the Museum with every new exhibit opening or special event, with friends and family who are visiting, and with our disabled son - And we are always surprised by some new "fact"...More

Thank dianaelms
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our flight was later in the day so we decided to checkout the Natural History Museum. It is on a hill to the east of the city and what a view. That is only the entrance, but the new building is modern and beautiful too....More

Thank Fill1749
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Steve L
What is the address I can plug into my GPS
1 August 2016|
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Response from David S | Reviewed this property |
Our Location 301 Wakara Way Salt Lake City, UT 84108 Hours 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Open 7 Days 10:00 am – 9:00 pm Wednesdays Happy Summer of '16!!!
Is there a planetarium at the museum? I searched the museum website but found nothing. Yet, I thought that I had seen "planetarium" mentioned somewhere regarding the museum.
23 May 2016|
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Response from Mon U | Reviewed this property |
Hello traveler, there is not a planetarium in the museum but the Clark Planetarium is at the Gateway downtown Salt Lake Just search online by name and you can get more information including shows and activities.
Do you have a place to check luggage while we're at the museum? And, how close can I get to the museum on light rail?
22 July 2015|
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Response from Diana S | Reviewed this property |
I find it is very quick and easy to get around SLC. A cab would be a good option too.