Natural History Museum of Utah at the Rio Tinto Center

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 the Museum features Utah's remarkable paleontology discoveries, fascinating gems and minerals, preserved artifacts from Utah's prehistoric peoples, and stories told by the the Utah's native people of today. 

Enjoy breath-taking views of the Salt Lake Valley from our observatory deck and experience natural history as only Utah can reveal it.

Visit our website to see the current special exhibition. We typically have two special exhibits each year. 


General Information

  • Days of Operation: 7 Days a Week
  • Liquor Service Available
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Full
  • Public Transportation: within 2 blocks
  • Price (minimum): 10
  • Price (maximum): 15
  • Seasonal: Year-Round
  • Internet Access: Complimentary
  • Parking: Free
  • Bus Parking / RV Parking
  • Gift Shop

Dining & Nightlife

  • Coffee Shop on Premises
  • Meals Served: Breakfast , Lunch , Snacks
  • Restaurant on Premises

Payment Methods Accepted

  • Cash
  • Check
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Master Card
  • Visa
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Natural History Museum of Utah | Rio Tinto Center
Spider and the Fly
Museum store
Allosaurus in Past Worlds gallery
The Canyon at NHMU
Utah dinosaurs
Lythronax argestes (Gore King of the Southwest)
Beaded gloves
The most stunning event venue in Salt Lake
Recently extinct mammals from the pleistocene
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Map & Location

301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108
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        Meeting Facilities

        • 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!
        • Reception Capacity: 400
        • Theatre Capacity: 300
        • Buyout Capacity: 1,000
        • Email:
        • Parking Stalls: 150
        • Phone: (801) 587-5791
        • Venue Contact: Katelin Goings
        • Venue Type: Meeting/Event Facility , Wedding
        • Catering Policy: Exclusive
        • Banquet Capacity: 328
        • Number of Rooms: 3
        • Classroom Capacity: 150

        Meeting Facility Rooms

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

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