NileGuide Expert Says:
Given its content and excellent location, this is one of Salt Lake City's top museums to visit.
1390 East Presidents Circle
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
tel: +1 801 581 6927
fax: +1 801 585 3684
NileGuide Expert tip:
Check online for "architecture tour" times; the Rio Tinto Center alone is worth a visit.
Anyone who has explored Utah's outdoors already knows that it has an incredible geologic story. From the red, sandstone sculptures of Arches and the other national parks, to the peaks of the incredible Wasatch and Uinta mountains, and the bottom of the Grand Canyon, this region contains an enormous amount of exposed natural history.
The Natural History Museum of Utah serves to explain the broad picture of Utah's formation, as well as the individual histories within it, including the stories of the dinosaurs, indigenous peoples, plants, and animals living in the area over the millenia. Exhibits here include artifacts, illustrations, fossils, and replicas, all designed to captivate and educate guests of all ages.
As of late 2011, the Natural History Museum of Utah now occupies the brand-new, architecturally stunning Rio Tinto Center. Situated on the upper reaches of the University of Utah campus, this structure blends magnificently with the red buttes behind it.