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Blog Archive: Collections

[image] The Many Colors of Tourmaline

The Many Colors of Tourmaline

Tourmaline is a favorite of mineral collectors and also gemstone collectors and anyone who loves colorful semiprecious gemstone jewelry.
[image] Fantastic Fossils Reveal Utah's Cambrian World

Fantastic Fossils Reveal Utah's Cambrian World

Fossils from a BLM collection have vastly expanded our understanding of early animal life.
[image] A Butterfly Case from early 20th Century Utah

A Butterfly Case from early 20th Century Utah

Rachel Quist takes a closer look at a beloved object on the Museum's fourth floor.
[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.