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Natural History Museum of Utah at the Rio Tinto Center is on the University of Utah campus at 301 Wakara Way. A 42,000-square-foot ribbon of locally mined copper wraps around the exterior of this sustainable building, a five-level structure with a design that mimics the topography of the surrounding foothills.

Ten themed galleries contain dinosaur skeletons, live insect specimens, and gems and minerals. Hands-on displays, wall murals and multimedia presentations enhance understanding of Utah's landscapes and people. An indoor-outdoor interpretive space on the fourth level offers dazzling views of the city and the Salt Lake Valley. The museum is located along on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, a hiking and biking route that when completed will stretch from Nephi to the Idaho border.

Food is available.

Admission
$13; $11 (ages 13-24 and 65+); $9 (ages 3-12); free (ages 0-2 and University of Utah students, faculty and staff with ID).
Hours
Daily 10-5 (also Wed. 5-9). Last admission 30 minutes before closing. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Allow 1 hour, 30 minutes minimum.
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