Located on the highest, northernmost reaches of the University of Utah campus, the all-new Rio Tinto Center is now the home of the relocated Natural History Museum of Utah. Completed in November 2011 after several seasons of construction work, this magnificent, modern building is worth a visit in its own right. In fact, the museum offers tours specifically designed to showcase the architecture of this state-of-the-art structure. However, the main purpose of the museum remains the same: to showcase the state’s history: from its geology, to its dinosaurs and prehistoric peoples. Check out the cultural and biological wonders of this state, all compiled in a spectacular viewing space.
Since 1931, this community hub has been known to all as the Salt Lake Art Center. However – also at the close of 2011 – this organization’s name changed to be the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, or UMOCA. Pronounced “you-mocha” (according to the museum itself), this center displays the works of artists hailing from Utah and around the world. In addition to the name change, this museum has recently added two permanent galleries, and has a new a cafe on the way.