Blog: 2017

Weaving a Revolution: Contemporary Navajo Baskets

NHMU is honored to house The Twin Rocks Trading Post Collection, a collection of 250 remarkable baskets from the Utah Strip of the Navajo Nation, some of which are on display in our Native Voices gallery and Collections Wall. Read the story of how they came to be a new art form.

2017 Indian Art Market 3rd Place Winner, Nelson Begay

Returning Artist Nelson Begay took home 3rd place honors in NHMU's 2017 Indian Art Market.

2017 Indian Art Market 2nd Place Winner, Pahponee

Nationally renown artist Pahponee was awarded 2nd place in this year's Indian Art Market.

2017 Indian Art Market 1st Place Winner, Jesse Johnson

For the second year in a row Jesse Johnson, of Zuni Pueblo, N.M., won NHMU's Indian Art Market best of show honors.

Q&A with Paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara

Kenneth Lacovara visited the Natural History Museum of Utah recently and discussed why dinosaurs matter, the future of paleontology, and NHMU's Past Worlds gallery.

European Firebug Spreads in Utah

Have you spotted a European firebug?

A Labor of Love: Museum Paleontology Volunteers Ann and Randy Johnson

Meet two NHMU volunteers, an indispensable part of our team. The Johnsons work in our Paleo Prep Lab where they help us prepare fossils for study.

A Renaissance in Navajo Basket Art

The Navajo ceremonial baskets on display in our Native Voices gallery and Collections Wall mark an incredible moment in art history. Read part II of our blog post series on the Twin Rocks Trading Post Collection.

12 Rare Images of the 1909 Utah Arch Expedition

These rare photographs, taken by Stuart Malcom Young, chronicle the 1909 Utah Arch Expedition. The grandson of LDS Church leader, Brigham Young, S.M. Young accompanied University of Utah Professor, Byron Cummings, on the historic excursion to “discover” Rainbow Bridge. At just 19 years old, Young played an important role in the expedition, chronicling the journey with photographs that would later become instrumental in building interest in the American Southwest and preserving its awesome landscapes, history, and people.

5 Common Utah Wildflowers

Utahns are spoiled by majestic, snow-frosted mountain views, rustic red rock, and breathtaking forestland. With so much beauty all around, it can be easy to miss the little gems we see every day.