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The Natural History Museum of Utah opened its doors to the public in the George Thomas Building in 1969. Since then, collections have been transferred from the University's academic departments and grown through research, acquisition, and contributions to number more than 1.2 million objects. The Museum has solidified its position as the State museum of natural history and has developed strong programs of exhibits and education, both on-site and statewide.
In November 2011, we opened our new facility, the Rio Tinto Center, with entirely new exhibit galleries, engaging programs for the public and state-of-the-art collections care and research facilities. At this milestone in the Museum's rich history, we acknowledge that we are a work-in-progress.
Detailed below is what we strive to achieve as we begin a new era:
Strategic Goals for 2012-2016
We will be a regional research center. Our research and scholarship contributions will expand:
- more faculty curators including establishing endowed chairs;
- more grants and publications,
- growth of field research, including establishment of a fieldwork endowment and the growth of our Range Creek Research Station,
- with a particular focus on collaborative and interdisciplinary science, and
- research results will be communicated to the broadest possible public.
We will be a top regional destination based on the quality of the visitor experience:
- continue to invest in the media experience for visitors, both in-gallery and online,
- regularly assess the quality of interpretation, updating content, and keep abreast of new technological developments,
- create public interest in science and communicate its excitement and pertinence through temporary exhibits, in our permanent galleries and through public and school programs, and
- offer an authentic Utah experience with a focus on human interaction in the galleries.
We will be the state museum of natural history:
We will be a center for university student engagement:
We will be a truly sustainable institution: