Top Salt Lake City Attractions: Start at the Natural History Museum of Utah

Any adventure in the state of Utah should start with a day at the Natural History Museum of Utah. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie, a Jurassic Park fanatic, or a cultural explorer, your holiday to Utah will be much richer for it. Deepen your understanding of all the top Salt Lake City attractions and Utah destinations at the beautiful and impressive Natural History Museum of Utah.
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Casey A.

Traveler, writer, editor

This story was created in partnership with the Natural History Museum of Utah.

Salt Lake City’s Top Attraction: Dinosaurs

The Past Worlds Exhibit may surprise you and become the most fascinating experience you have in Utah. Step back in time, where you will not only see fossils and learn about dinosaurs—you’ll also experience the “sights, sounds, and smells of long-lost ecosystems.” Learn all about the fossils that came from right here in Utah. Experience the area as it was when it was home to these massive beings.

The dinosaur exhibit at the Natural History Museum of Utah is one the top Salt Lake City attractions

Don’t miss: the world’s largest display of horned dinosaur skulls.

Learn about the water of Salt Lake City

One of the top Salt Lake City attractions is the lake for which the city is named. But how much do you know about it? Did you know it’s all that remains from the historic Lake Bonneville? Do you know how salty it is? Do you know what birds and wildlife depend on it?

The Great Salt Lake Exhibit at the Natural History Museum of Utah in Salt Lake City

Take a walk “around” the lake at the  to find out!

Learn about the land of Utah

If your holiday will take you throughout Utah after your museum visit, you’ll be curious about the great stone formations that you admire. The Mighty Five National Parks of Utah are known first and foremost for the stunning rock formations and colors, and the Natural History Museum of Utah is the premier resource for understanding these gorgeous views.

Exhibits at the Natural History Museum of Utah, one of Salt Lake City's attractions

The Land Exhibit even allows you an up-close tour of the Utah foothills and their geology and touching the displays is encouraged! You can see why the building is built so beautifully into the landscape.

Learn about the first people of Utah

Before the Mighty Five and lists of the top Salt Lake City attractions you can’t miss, Utah’s Native American tribes had their own stories about the region. The Native Voices Exhibit is built beautifully into the hillside at the top of the building. It was designed to share the history and ongoing story of the Native American presence in Utah.

Native Voices Exhibit at NHMU

Learn all about the traditions of the tribes, people you may get the chance to connect with on your Utah travels.

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Start your travels with a deeper understanding of your destination. Connect with its stories and people. Learn about Utah at the Natural History Museum of Utah on the very first stop of your Utah Parks road trip.

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