Natural History Museum of Utah welcomed the public into the George Thomas Building at the University of Utah. Since then, collections have been moved from the University’s academic departments and have expanded to more than 1.6 million artifacts via study, acquisition, and gifts. The Museum has established itself as the state museum of natural history, with significant exhibitions and education activities both on-site and statewide. They relocated to the Rio Tinto Center in November 2011, with entirely new display galleries, engaging public events, and cutting-edge collections care and research facilities. At this point in the Museum’s rich history, they recognize they are a work in progress.

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Utah’s Natural History Museum announces the opening of its new home, the 163,000-square-foot Rio Tinto Center. The facility, which is Salt Lake City’s foothills, is a communal achievement that will help the Museum’s objective of illuminating the natural world and the position of people within it.

The Rio Tinto Center

The Rio Tinto Center is nestled into the Wasatch Mountain Range’s foothills, Following the slopes of the hillside, blending into the surroundings. The structure is situated along the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, a famous hiking and mountain bike trail that serves as the Museum’s “main street.”

Standing seam copper of 42,000 square feet covers the building’s fa├žade, making it instantly identifiable. The copper was obtained from Kennecott Utah Copper’s Bingham Canyon Mine, situated across the Salt Lake Valley from the new Museum site. It is set in horizontal bands of varying heights to symbolize the stratified geological formations seen across Utah.

A Meeting Place

Visitors visit the Level 1 Foyer to buy tickets and sign up for activities. They then ascend the main staircase or take the elevator to the main lobby area of the Canyon. The Canyon is their central public and meeting room, standing three floors tall and including a collections wall showing over 500 pieces from the Museum’s collection.

Visitors may enjoy stunning Salt Lake Valley views from the Canyon, start exploring the Museum’s Trailhead to Utah system, access the exhibit galleries, or shop at the Museum Store.

Aside from the public portions of the Rio Tinto Center, the building has modern research and collection facilities for Museum scientists who manage the maintenance and curation of the Museum’s collection of over 1.5 million artifacts. The groups and research spaces are the heart of the institution, with sophisticated temperature control and other safeguards in place, as well as a venue for undergraduate and graduate education at the University of Utah.


The Natural History Museum of Utah sheds light on the natural world and its position.


Statement of Ethics

It is widely acknowledged that they benefit from high public confidence. To keep that trust, they must operate with integrity, caution, intellectual honesty, forethought, and proper disclosure. They seek to understand their objective better and establish fundamental ethical duties for NHMU personnel, volunteers, and other partners in their Statement of Ethics.


NHMU Summer Camps 

At NHMU, they are dedicated to developing life skills in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) projects that encourage independence, foster cooperation, and inspire resilience and ingenuity while giving opportunities to experience the natural world. Their Summer Camp activities use the Museum’s exhibitions and collections and the breathtaking natural landscapes around their campus.

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Birthday Parties at NHMU

The Museum is a great place to celebrate your child’s birthday.

Science-themed birthday parties for children aged 5 to 10 are conducted in their private party rooms, allowing party attendees to participate in hands-on activities and see their galleries and exhibitions.

Party bookings are now available.

Remove the Stress from Birthday Party Planning

Having your child’s birthday party at NHMU is Salt Lake Valley views from the Let them handle the logistics so you and your children can enjoy a genuinely unforgettable celebration.

Dinosaur Detectives 

Children aged 5 to 7 years old should do the following:

There’s no doubt that this is a fantastic party for dinosaur fans! Learn about these remarkable animals by crafting a dinosaur headband, painting a dinosaur skin necklace, and digging a mini-quarry. In addition, attendees will be given a tour of their Past Worlds exhibition.

Science Lab

for children aged 7 to 10 years

Bring out the scientist in your kid! Their Science Lab party is brimming with fizzing, hands-on excitement. Make slime, play with chemical reactions, and make light wands. Prove that your scientists will have a great time at this party.

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All Kids and Families Programs

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Family Workshops

As a family, they can learn together!

Share your enthusiasm for the natural world with a youngster. Adults and children investigate, cooperate, and create together at NHMU Family Workshops. You will learn from professionals while developing new skills and exploring Museum resources.

Citizen Science

It is optional to be a scientist to engage in science. Citizen scientists with a sharp eye for observation and a love for nature have produced critical discoveries about the natural world throughout history.

For more information, visit their website or call them at (801)581-6927