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Blog Archive: Collections

[image] NHMU50: Saving an Allosaurus Graveyard

NHMU50: Saving an Allosaurus Graveyard

NHMU is home to the greatest collection of Allosaurus bones in the world. How did they get here?
[image] A Strange and Mysterious Insect Was Found in Museum Collections First

A Strange and Mysterious Insect Was Found in Museum Collections First

NHMU Director Jason Cryan discovered a new insect in museum collections, and the species wasn't seen again for 20 years.
[image] The Museum's Wall of Wonders

The Museum's Wall of Wonders

The massive Collections Wall is united by the theme of wonder.
[image] Historic Photography of Native Americans of the Southwest

Historic Photography of Native Americans of the Southwest

NHMU is home to a collection of historic lantern slides photographed by Horace S. Poley around the turn of the 20th century.
[image] How to Prepare a King

How to Prepare a King

Meet our amazing Terataphoneus specimen, the most complete tyrannosaur ever found in the Southwestern U.S., and Ann Johnson, NHMU's talented preparator who worked on the skull.
[image] Spiky-Headed Dinosaur a First for Utah

Spiky-Headed Dinosaur a First for Utah

What’s covered in spikes and 76 million years old? The answer isn’t a prehistoric pincushion. It’s Akainacephalus johnsoni, the newest dinosaur to be named from Utah.
[image] Behind the Scenes, a Fossil Treasure Trove

Behind the Scenes, a Fossil Treasure Trove

Carolyn Levitt-Bussian has a fossil lover’s dream job. Every day that she comes to work at the Natural History Museum of Utah, she gets to roam among the dinosaurs.
[image] NHMU's Hidden Minerals

NHMU's Hidden Minerals

The often-overlooked minerals collection at NHMU is full of visual surprises and lessons in crystal forms and chemistry. Find out where you can discover these gems at the museum.
[image] The Birth of the Antiquities Act

The Birth of the Antiquities Act

Read about the early days of the Antiquities Act.
[image] Weaving a Revolution: Contemporary Navajo Baskets

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.