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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
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301 S Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108-1214
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Simply amazing!! Awesome experience for a child as complex science is beautifully and simply presented with many hands-on exhibits.Great experience! A must see if the virtual globe that shows how the continents formed and moved over 600 million years!! Geology at its best!

Thank BrianR_11
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Reviewed 2 days ago

If you ever loved dinosaurs, don't miss this museum. I loved every minute of the place. First of all, architecturally, it is one of the best designed buildings I have ever been in. The building design is so complex and yet so open and simple....More

Thank Kenneth L
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

If in Salt Lake City, this is a must see. Estimated time spent here of 2-3 hours is accurate. We spent close to 3. Even as an adult, the interactive exhibits were fun and educational. Assembly of pottery was harder to do than you’d think....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you want to spend hours indoor and learn more about all species, this museum is a good place to go!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent about two hours going through this museum and it was very nice and informative. Even with the senior discount I thought it was a little high priced.

Thank Larry R
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped here on a whim in the dinosaurs were awesome and everything else is okay they also had a nice display of Indian items

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We definitely plan on going back. We came too late in the afternoon and had to leave at closing before getting through the whole museum. Allow more than two hours.

Thank Rob S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Yes I went as a fourth grade field trip but the experience is great for all ages. There are many interactive exhibits and wonderful things to learn and do. Very interesting things all about Utah. Most kids I think are free until age 25.

Thank Moniqua L
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

the exhibits were interesting with a great design. The circular layout makes in both interesting and easy to view the exhibits. The view from the room was spectacular.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a wonderful museum. We are from Seattle so our science center passes got us in free which was a nice bonus! The number of dinosaur skeletons this museum has was impressive. We have been to our local Burke museum of natural history which...More

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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!!!
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OMSLongIsland
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.
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mimosa1849
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.
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