With visitors here from out of town, we got to see a few things that I hadn’t gotten around to doing before – including the top item on my list, which was visiting the new Natural History Museum of Utah. It’s been open for about a year and a half, and I’m embarrassed to say that it’s taken this long for me to go.

The old museum was nice, but they only had room to show a small fraction of their entire collection at any one time. The new museum has much more space, and has been creatively designed to show off many more pieces. The dinosaur exhibit in particular is spectacular. We have such a wealth of dinosaur bones that have been found here in the state, especially at the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry,which contains the “the densest concentration of Jurassic-aged dinosaur bones ever found”.

Dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum

Utah Museum of Natural History

Utah Museum of Natural History

Of course, the dinosaurs are only one of the many exhibits at the museum. We were impressed that there were so many interactive displays, as well. What a great way to get children interested in Natural History! We even had a little fun building a model building and then simulating an earthquake, to see how well our design held up. (Mine survived!)

The museum is located high above the valley, with a spectacular view from the roof. It sits along the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, with trailhead access right from the museum grounds.

View from the roof of the Utah Museum of Natural History

The beautiful Red Butte Garden is conveniently located right next door, so it’s extremely convenient to take in both of them in one trip. This should definitely be a must-do for both locals and visitors alike.



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8 Responses to Dinosaurs!

  1. kitten says:

    I *really* need to get back to SLC for a visit.

  2. Carole says:

    I love natural history museums!

  3. Karen Berthine says:

    My grandson loves any and all things dinosaur! 🙂

  4. Caroline aka FiberTribe says:

    That crocodile! Forget the megaladon (shark), it was the crocodile that gave me nightmares…It’s sooo wonderful there, eh?

  5. zeneedle says:

    I keep hearing about the museum and the wonderful exhibits they have. I truly must make an effort to go and check it out!

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  7. Cookie says:

    You have to take me there. I’m just saying…

  8. jill says:

    Definitely on our must do list!

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