February 24, 2021

Utah's Natural History Museum

When making your trip to Utah, the Natural History Museum is a must go to attraction showcasing a wide variety of Utahn Culture as well as many more facets of our history!

Located just South of the University of Utah on Wakara Way, this museum has developed strong programs of exhibits and education both on site and statewide. With over 1.6 million objects held within the museum, the Universities academic departments have grown through research and acquisitions of their objects since its opening in 1969. 

CONSTANT CHANGE

Upon moving to Salt Lake City, I have had the opportunity to visit the museum over twenty times in a three year period, and I still somehow manage to learn something new with every visit.

If you’re lucky and happen to befriend one of the staff members, they may or may not allow you to come in at night where rumor has it - Ben Stiller appears and the dinosaurs come back to life!!! About two years ago, I was fortunate to lurk into the archives and discover a rare and maintained skull. For more information about that particular skull, check out this reddit post: https://www.reddit.com/r/Dinosaurs/comments/aknrum/kosmoceratops_skull_at_the_natural_history_museum/

ANTARCTIC EXHBIT

The Natural History Museum prides itself on being a creative and dynamic institution by illuminating the natural world and the place of humans within it. The coolest aspect about the museum is their constant ability to foster and develop special exhibits every year. This year, their special exhibit is Antarctic Dinosaurs. This exhibit is an “immersive experience, transporting visitors back to 200 million years ago to discover what life was like in prehistoric America” - for more information, check out their website https://nhmu.utah.edu/museum/exhibits/antarctic-dinosaurs

If you have time in one day, check out Utah's Art Exhibit after the Museum!

One of the most delightful aspects about the museum is their engaging and loving staff. Former employee, Brooklynn Scott said “I loved working there because the environment allowed me to be constantly learning within my field and related fields, but I also got to work with a lot of kids and help them find interest in something I’m passionate about. It was also great for me because I got in contact with a lot of really interesting researchers and was able to learn a lot more about the furthering education programs with researchers outside of the U that they offer”

P.S, If you are ever in a need of a quick bite to eat before the museum, check out https://www.sevenslopes.com/plant-based-restaurants-in-salt-lake-city

Here is the full website: https://nhmu.utah.edu/museum/exhibits

Natural History Museum: 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, Utah 84108

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