The Natural History Museum of Utah at Salt Lake City

Posted by on July 2, 2012

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Museums are considered to be temples of art. They are monuments for art cultures and serve as a declaration of identity for culture. Although this is the case, a museum of natural history has a distinct characteristic to it. The focus of their collection is not human history through the centuries but it is natural history measured through time. The subject is not culture or any accomplishment but something that goes beyond culture.  There is a newly opened museum in Salt Lake City which is called the Natural History Museum of Utah. It is found in the 17 acres home in the base of the  Wasatch Mountain Range. Its $102 million lot is very strategic and powerful. It can be found at the edge of Salt Lake City.  It is above the shoreline of the old Boneville Lake. You can see the snow covered mountains from the museum.

Natural History Museum of Utah

Natural History Museum of Utah

Snowy mountain at Natural History Museum of Utah

Snowy mountain at Natural History Museum of Utah

There are hiking and biking paths that run all over the museum. This place is quite different from the rest of the city. Most natural history museums that are found in the city center offer reminders of the natural world however this one is different. You can safely say that it is like at home. The new museum is tied up with the University of Utah. For more than forty years the said museum has been on the verge of research and they are putting up their collection. With the help of public and private funding, this has come true.

The city of Salt Lake. In front of the museum is the university.

The city of Salt Lake. In front of the museum is the university.

The interior of Natural History Museum of Utah

The interior of Natural History Museum of Utah

Designers were carefully selected and have examined Utah which includes the landscapes. They got their inspiration from canyons, rock formations and cliffs. According to the chief designer who has also designed the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan, it was very challenging because they were competing with natural landscape. They wanted to be close to the natural features of the structure and its surroundings. Within the museum is where you can find the central atrium with the panoramic view of the snow covered mountain.

Inside the museum

Inside the museum

The Mighty Mineral Room

The Mighty Mineral Room

On one side is where you can find the storage space and research facilities. The museum basically houses about 1.2 million items. There are exhibitions that can lead the tourists to many of earth’s natural landscapes and of course through time. There are two shows within the museum. One is the past world which is all about dinosaurs and the other is filled with geological transformation. The dinosaur gallery is something that would take you over 200 million years back. There are variations of fossils and creatures on display.  Some of the galleries are filled with studies that were done by the university. They also presented about 400 archaeological sites that were identified. This is clearly one of the best museums that were built in the modern world.

Mammoth Skeleton

Mammoth Skeleton

Ancient life

Ancient life

Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs

Museum photo 1: hiker56, Museum photo 2: Tony Frates, Museum photo 3: Ed Kosmicki, Museum photo 4: IronRodArt, Museum photo 5: Jim M2007, Museum photo 6&7: samwibatt,  Museum photo 8: mharrsch, Museum photo 9: Utah Valley,

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