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Natural History Museum of Utah at the Rio Tinto Center

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301 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City,UT 84108
(801) 581-4303
Hours of Operation:
Mon - Tue: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Wed: 10:00am - 9:00pm
Thu - Sun: 10:00am - 5:00pm

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As the Utah state museum of natural history, this top attraction provides an introduction to the science in Utah's remarkable landscape! With engaging exhibits and over 5,000 artifacts on display, the Museum features Utah's paleontology discoveries, fascinating gems and minerals found world-wide, preserved artifacts from Utah's prehistoric peoples, and stories told by the five Native nations that lie within the state's boundaries.


Journey to the top of a three-story indoor canyon. Wander through Utah's dinosaurs and animal life. Interact with earthquakes, erosion, and our Digital Globe to discover how the earth's surface and the Great Salt Lake have changed over time. Enjoy breath-taking views from our observatory deck. Hike the Bonneville Shoreline trail. Experience natural history as only Utah can reveal it. Enjoy beverages, lunch or a snack at the Museum Cafe. Shop the Museum Store for unique jewelry and gift items influenced by nature's design. Visitors with young kids will enjoy Our Backyard, an intimate, discovery-based environment that invites our pre-school visitors to experience natural history first hand!


Genome: Unlocking Life's Code         Opens May 21 - Closes September 5


Genome: Unlocking Life's Code begins to unravel the mystery behind the complete set of instructions needed for every living thing on Earth to grow and function: the genome. With cutting-edge interactives, 3D models, custom animations, and engaging videos of real-life stories, the exhibition examines both the benefits and the challenges that genomics presents to modern society. 


Genome: Unlocking Life's Code is included in the price of general admission. Free to members. 

Connect Pass Offer: Includes one admission.
Green Initiatives: Find out about our sustainable business practices
General Information
  • Liquor Service Available
  • Price (minimum): $10.00
  • Price (maximum): $15.00
  • Gift Shop
Dining & Nightlife
  • Coffee Shop on Premises
Payment Methods Accepted
  • Cash
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  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Master Card
  • Visa
Natural History Museum of Utah at the Rio Tinto Center Meeting Facility
  • # of Rooms: 3
  • Theatre Capacity: 300
  • Banquet Capacity: 328
  • Reception Capacity: 400
  • Description: The Museum is a stunning venue for memorable events! The architecturally-renowned lobby referred to as "The Canyon" can hold up to 272 for a seated dinner or up to 400 for receptions. Or, host a full museum experience for up to 1,000 guests!
  • Venue Contact: Jodie Johnson
  • Phone: (801) 585-9538
  • Email: events@nhmu.utah.edu
  • Buyout Capacity: 1,000
  • Parking Stalls: 150

Meeting Facility Rooms

Room Name Dimensions Ceiling Sq. Ft. Theater Classroom Size Banquet Capacity Reception
The Canyon X           390         272     400  
The Swaner Forum X           130     36     72     150  
Full Museum X           390         272     1000  
Sky Gallery X                   80     120  

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