Natural History Museum of Utah

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10/02/2020
NHMU Virtual Field Trip: The Paleo Prep Lab

Happy Fossil Friday! If you've visited the Museum, you likely noticed the Paleo Prep Lab that can be viewed in the Past Worlds Exhibition. And, if you've ever made it to Behind the Scenes or DinoFest at NHMU, you might have had the priviledge to enter the lab! If not, join this Virtual Field Trip led by paleontologist Tylor Birthisel, manager of the lab. See all our other Virtual Field Trips here: https://bit.ly/2ZLlTbf

Our annual Indian Art Market is now live ONLINE representing 22 Native American artists and growing! Shop for beautiful,...
10/01/2020

Our annual Indian Art Market is now live ONLINE representing 22 Native American artists and growing! Shop for beautiful, one-of-a-kind Native American art, jewelry, pottery, sculptures, and more to support the native arts community during difficult times. Shop here: https://bit.ly/3cNIZUD

Savhannah Carpenter, an NHMU paleontology collections intern, field volunteer, and third-year geology major at The Unive...
09/23/2020
Discovering a New Dinosaur | Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute | University of Utah

Savhannah Carpenter, an NHMU paleontology collections intern, field volunteer, and third-year geology major at The University of Utah, was just featured in the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute's 2020 Student Innovation @ the U for her role in the discovery of a new species of dinosaur!

Read more: https://bit.ly/3mK5Mp2

Thanks to research by students like Savhannah Carpenter, supported by professor Mark Loewen, a paleontology scholar, a “new” dinosaur will soon be

Happy Autumn Equinox! Today marks the start of the fall season in the Northern Hemisphere & spring season in the Souther...
09/22/2020

Happy Autumn Equinox! Today marks the start of the fall season in the Northern Hemisphere & spring season in the Southern Hemisphere. For those of us in Utah, this means a welcomed dip in temperatures, stunning fall colors, and a look forward to the greatest snow on earth. 🍃🍂

09/21/2020
Reopening the art world in a time of COVID

This weekend, CBS Sunday Morning highlighted some of the steps the Natural History Museum of Utah is taking to create a safer, hands-free museum experience during the COVID era.

The pandemic has increased financial pressures on museums and cultural organizations, which face perhaps their greatest crisis ever, forcing some to close permanently because of the coronavirus

Tomorrow, Sunday at 8 a.m. (KUTV Salt Lake City), tune in for a CBS Sunday Morning feature story on how museums are re-o...
09/19/2020

Tomorrow, Sunday at 8 a.m. (KUTV Salt Lake City), tune in for a CBS Sunday Morning feature story on how museums are re-opening to the public in the COVID era. The Natural History Museum of Utah's executive director, Jason Cryan, will appear along with directors of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the American Alliance of Museums.

Happy Fossil Friday! These specimens are caudal (tail) vertebrae of the meat-eating dinosaur Allosaurus fragilis that ha...
09/18/2020

Happy Fossil Friday! These specimens are caudal (tail) vertebrae of the meat-eating dinosaur Allosaurus fragilis that have been fused together due to an injury. As there were no dinosaur doctors, when a dinosaur broke a bone, its body would try to heal itself as best it could. Sometimes this healing process involved the fusing of the bones as seen here. The fusion is evidence of this break and is called a pathology. Fun fact: Many dinosaurs have tails that are broken.

A new post on our blog about some of Utah's important fossils:
09/17/2020
Fossils at Bears Ears

A new post on our blog about some of Utah's important fossils:

A primer on the region, the fossils found so far, those that are likely to be there, and why it matters.

09/16/2020
A Virtual Field Trip of NHMU's Past Worlds Exhibition

NHMU's chief curator and curator of paleontology, Dr. Randy Irmis, will take you on a virtual tour of the Museum's breathtaking Past Worlds Exhibition. This is just one of our many expert-led Virtual Field Trips available online, allowing you to explore the entire Museum from the comfort of home. But remember, the Museum is open once again so plan your visit to come explore these amazing galleries in person: https://bit.ly/2FyKJ84

We had a fire yesterday above the University of Utah, not far from the Museum. The West is on fire. Photo by NHMU's Chie...
09/15/2020

We had a fire yesterday above the University of Utah, not far from the Museum. The West is on fire. Photo by NHMU's Chief Curator Randy Irmis.

Happy Fossil Friday! These are the vertebrae and rib bones of an ancient creature called Sphenacodon (name means “wedge ...
09/11/2020

Happy Fossil Friday! These are the vertebrae and rib bones of an ancient creature called Sphenacodon (name means “wedge point tooth”). This fossil is ~295 million years old, from the Early Permian Period. Sphenacodon is closely related to the familiar sail-backed Dimetrodon, but Sphenacodon had a lower crest along its back. Both species were carnivorous early synapsids—part of the lineage that eventually gave rise to mammals. This specimen was collected in southeastern Utah, and the species is also known from New Mexico and Arizona.

09/09/2020
Backyard Nature: A Virtual Tour of Nature All Around Us

We've been getting many inquiries into whether our now-closed Nature All Around Us special exhibition is still available in a virtual tour. Yes it is! Here's one of our three expert-led tours of the exhibit. Watch the other two tours here: https://bit.ly/2Fm9Fza

What can you discover in your own backyard? Join a Museum Exhibit Developer to dig into the amazing world of backyard nature while exploring NHMU's special exhibition, Nature All Around Us. Use your keen sense of observation to find the hidden worlds in your own backyard by noticing birds, insects, plants and more!

Pending any more 2020 surprises, the Museum is open again today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Remember, ticket reservations are...
09/09/2020

Pending any more 2020 surprises, the Museum is open again today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Remember, ticket reservations are now required to visit. Info: https://bit.ly/33XO3U0

09/08/2020

As of 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 8, we anticipate being open regular hours tomorrow. Stay safe out there. Crazy day.

We're closed today due to the unusual windstorm. If you have photos from northern Utah today, please post them in the co...
09/08/2020

We're closed today due to the unusual windstorm. If you have photos from northern Utah today, please post them in the comments. This photo, by Peter Callister, was taken this morning in the Avenues neighborhood in Salt Lake City.

NHMU will remain CLOSED today due to high winds and power outages in Salt Lake City. Ticket holders can request a refund...
09/08/2020

NHMU will remain CLOSED today due to high winds and power outages in Salt Lake City. Ticket holders can request a refund or choose to reschedule. Reply to this post if you have any questions. And, stay safe.

09/04/2020
Natural History Museum of Utah

Nature All Around Us closes after Labor Day, September 7! It seems like it was just yesterday that we opened the doors to this amazing exhibition that NHMU's talented staff and scientists developed. See it before it closes and explore the hidden worlds that live right outside your door, where nature thrives in Utah's cities and towns. Ticket reservations are required: https://bit.ly/3g2ifQd

An introduction to Nature All Around Us, a special exhibition produced by the Natural History Musuem of Utah in Salt Lake City.

Happy Fossil Friday! This fossil, called Lepidodendron, is often referred to as a “scale tree.” Lepidodendron thrived du...
09/04/2020

Happy Fossil Friday! This fossil, called Lepidodendron, is often referred to as a “scale tree.” Lepidodendron thrived during the Carboniferous Period (~359-298 million year ago) and was a common tree in early forests, reaching 10 to 35 meters in height. They had primitive leaves which attached to the trunk in a diamond-shaped pattern that you can see here.

We are currently accepting applications for our 2020-21 Teen Explainers, a paid high school internship program. Share th...
09/03/2020

We are currently accepting applications for our 2020-21 Teen Explainers, a paid high school internship program. Share this with anyone who is 14-18 years old in the Salt Lake City area who wants to learn and teach others about natural history! Like many programs in 2020, our Teen Explainers are going virtual to ensure their safety. The deadline is September 30. More info: https://bit.ly/3lOetOI

Learn about our cool new map of Utah . . .
09/02/2020
Monumental Upgrade to NHMU’s Utah Map

Learn about our cool new map of Utah . . .

A team from Creotrē installs the new 3D map of Utah in the Canyon at the Natural History Museum of Utah. Image ©NHMU/Mark Johnston

Happy Fossil Friday! Fossilized plant remains give us wonderful insights into ancient ecosystems. This fossilized fern l...
08/28/2020

Happy Fossil Friday! Fossilized plant remains give us wonderful insights into ancient ecosystems. This fossilized fern leaf lived during the Late Jurassic Period, about 150 million years ago. Ferns reproduce via spores and have neither seeds nor flowers. Jurassic ferns look very similar to the ones we see living today, but there were big differences with other kinds of plants. For example, ferns were the predominant ground cover during the Jurassic because grasses and other flowering plants did not exist. Flowering plants with seeds in fruit (called angiosperms), didn’t evolve until the Early Cretaceous (~140 million years ago) and first grass ancestors didn’t evolve until the Late Cretaceous (~70 million year ago).

Great Salt Lake can be saved, but only with some big changes, report says
08/26/2020
Great Salt Lake can be saved, but only with some big changes, report says

Great Salt Lake can be saved, but only with some big changes, report says

Bold water conservation strategies and changes in long-standing law and water policies are needed to slow the alarming shrinking of the Great Salt Lake, according to recommendation released Tuesday by an adviso...

Our goal with Nature All Around Us, our current special exhibit, is to encourage people to discover and learn more about...
08/22/2020

Our goal with Nature All Around Us, our current special exhibit, is to encourage people to discover and learn more about the nature right where they live. In that spirit, NHMU staff member Dawn Farkas Prasad took this image at her house of a common house fly. While often an annoying creature, it too has its place in the ecosystem and from the right perspective can even be beautiful. Nature All Around Us is open through September 7. It's an exhibit we're especially proud of. Don't miss it.

Have some family fun with Backyard Bingo on the Jordan River and Bonneville Shoreline trails this weekend! Snap photos o...
08/22/2020

Have some family fun with Backyard Bingo on the Jordan River and Bonneville Shoreline trails this weekend! Snap photos of the wild plants, animals, and insects you observe and upload them to iNaturalist to help NHMU in our August Trailside Bioblitz! Learn more: https://bit.ly/32dNjrx

If you're a fossil fan, you've probably already watched our virtual tours of the Past Worlds exhibition. BUT, did you kn...
08/21/2020

If you're a fossil fan, you've probably already watched our virtual tours of the Past Worlds exhibition. BUT, did you know that one of our most fascinating fossils lives in the Land exhibit? Learn more this Fossil Friday by watching our Rock Layers Virtual Field Trip: https://bit.ly/3aJKCSt

Happy Fossil Friday from NHMU! These fossils are the bony body armor, or osteoderms, of the dinosaur Ceratosaurus nasico...
08/21/2020

Happy Fossil Friday from NHMU! These fossils are the bony body armor, or osteoderms, of the dinosaur Ceratosaurus nasicornis. Ceratosaurus was a bipedal, carnivorous dinosaur, meaning that it walked on two legs and ate meat, and lived during the Late Jurassic Period, ~150 million years ago. These osteoderms arranged in a single row down the neck, along its back and down its tail. Ceratosaurus is the only-known meat-eating dinosaur with bony armor, and the small size of each osteoderm seems to suggest it wasn't used for protection. These fossils were found at the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry in Emery County, Utah.

Remember, the Museum is now open and there are billions of years of awesome to explore! Reserve your tickets today: https://bit.ly/33XO3U0

Have you had a chance to play Save Your Stream! in Nature All Around Us? If not, you can now play it on your mobile devi...
08/20/2020

Have you had a chance to play Save Your Stream! in Nature All Around Us? If not, you can now play it on your mobile device! The mobile version comes with two additional levels that push the challenge even further! Download it today: https://bit.ly/2Df0Pm4

Nature All Around Us is closing soon! This homegrown special exhibition will give you a greater appreciation of the life...
08/19/2020

Nature All Around Us is closing soon! This homegrown special exhibition will give you a greater appreciation of the life that thrives right outside your front door. See it before it closes September 7.
Info and tickets: https://bit.ly/3g2ifQd

Nature All Around Us is open again at NHMU! We've extended the exhibition until Sept 7, so come see it soon and meet the...
08/18/2020

Nature All Around Us is open again at NHMU! We've extended the exhibition until Sept 7, so come see it soon and meet the wild plants and animals who reside in #Utah's cities and towns: https://bit.ly/3g2ifQd

Nature All Around Us photo by Gary Whitton of Salt Lake County.

NHMU’s statewide Outreach Team has been grounded from their normal tours of Utah. However, they've kept busy visiting co...
08/18/2020

NHMU’s statewide Outreach Team has been grounded from their normal tours of Utah. However, they've kept busy visiting communities here in Salt Lake City with the Mobile Museum Van!

Recently, the NHMU Outreach Team joined University Neighborhood Partners and the Westside SLC Communities at Partners in the Park-ing Lot, a drive-thru event that distributed around 1,600 bags of information, masks, resources, art projects, dry goods, and cleaning supplies!

Look for the Mobile Museum in your next neighbor car parade!

08/16/2020

NHMU is OPEN, as is Nature All Around Us (included with admission)! But, this homegrown special exhibition won't be around for long as its final day is September 7, less than a month away. Reserve your tickets today and see it while you still can: https://bit.ly/3g2ifQd

Address

301 S Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT
84108

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(801) 581-6927

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The Natural History Museum of Utah is a premier visitor attraction and an active research institution located on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

Guests can explore more than 5,000 artifacts on display that highlight Utah’s incredible history, from ancient past worlds ruled by dinosaurs to the biodiversity that thrives throughout the state today. Discover the stories of Utah’s native peoples, past and present, and see how our state’s world-famous landscapes were formed.

Come explore billions of years of awesome at NHMU. Start your journey today by visiting https://nhmu.utah.edu.

You can also find us at: http://instagram.com/nhmu https://twitter.com/nhmu

To contact us please email [email protected]


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A beautiful animated poem for you:
I'm having some trouble identifying this little beauty, I guess I need a book. Shot this picture just west of KUED on the Utah University campus, can anyone help me with this one ?
Of course right after I bought a membership to this fabulous museum, it has to be closed for the pandemic 😕 These virtual field trips are a great way to visit the museum in the meantime.
Natural History Museum of Utah named “Coolest Museum” in Utah!
I guess that astronaut Scott Kelly can’t be bothered with questions about sports, an important pasttime in our country. Thanks for the event, it was very much science based, as I would have expected it to be.
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Saludos
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How do you watch the live events?
Just watched the live feed about dinos! It was great! Thank you! I kinda miss being a Docent there!