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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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“new building” (23 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 21:00
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

The Native American Art Show was extremely interesting, as the artists were there displaying their creations & explaining how they were made. Some of the intricate pottery & jewelry was just beautiful! At the same time, the Viking Exhibit was there & while there was...More

Thank Phyllis H
Reviewed 2 days ago

I can't believe it's taken us this long to visit this museum. We really enjoyed the five floors of exhibits, but of course the dinosaurs were the big draw. I really enjoyed the exhibit of the Anasazi also; I've never seen a better collection of...More

Thank Colin J
Reviewed 4 days ago

This Museum is one of the top attractions in Salt Lake City. The building in which it is housed is architecturally stunning, a stone structure meant to evoke Utah's canyons and mountains. It has five levels and each one has a terrace presenting great views...More

1  Thank Brendan S
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

If you or your offspring are dino fans, this is the place to go. They have a ton of skeletons to see and a lot of interactive exhibits. It's definitely geared more toward the younger crowd, but I had a ton of fun walking around...More

1  Thank seajanetravell
Reviewed 1 week ago

I really loved this museum. Everything about it is well thought out from the structure itself to the displays to the incredible interaction capabilities. I just had a ball here and I grew up in DC with lots of great museums. I made an earthquake...More

1  Thank Sea_Traveller5
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When I approached the museum, the first thing that struck me was the architecture. The building complements its natural environment. If you don't have the time or money to go into the museum the architectural design is worth the trip. One other thing to note:...More

1  Thank HolliFam
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have a family membership to the Natural History Museum. We go there several times a month. Our 5 year old loves it. It is a wonderful museum. It has great touring exhibits. It also has tons of interactive & educational activities. I definitely recommend...More

1  Thank Shawn7295
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spent a couple of hours here and there was a lot to see. Started on the top floor and worked our way down. At the top make sure to go outside on the terrace and check out the impressive views of SLC. Each level has...More

1  Thank Dennis1483
Reviewed 1 week ago

This musuem is one of the best that I have been too! Almost all the exhibits are interactice, or have something interactive about them. You start in the dinosaur exhibit and then move your way through time, going from Lake Bonneville to the Native Peoples...More

1  Thank CJ G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great new museum with special exhibits. We toured the Viking exhibit. Fascinating. The main stays of the Native American, geological, and dinosaur exhibits are well configured and interactive. Great family activity or just with adults. A must see sometime when you're up on the east...More

1  Thank The_Parentals
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Steve L
31 July 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!!!
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.
22 July 2015|
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Response from JimBreitinger |
So sorry for the late response. Our guest services staff does work with guests to store luggage, at no charge.