Natural History Museum of Utah at the Rio Tinto Center

301 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108- Map It
Phone: (801) 581-4303

AAA Editor Notes

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.
$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.