Blog Archive: Collections

[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.
[image] A Renaissance in Navajo Basket Art

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.
[image] 12 Rare Images of the 1909 Utah Arch Expedition

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.
[image] A Piece of Goodwill: NHMU's Moon Rock

A Piece of Goodwill: NHMU's Moon Rock

If you aren't looking for it, you might miss it: one of the Natural History Museum of Utah's oldest and farthest traveled objects, trekking nearly four-billion years and 250,000 miles through time and space to be displayed at NHMU today.
[image] Science beyond the headlines

Science beyond the headlines

A new study adds evidence to one hypothesis about why so many bones ended up at Cleveland Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry.
[image] The Art and Details of Scientific Illustration

The Art and Details of Scientific Illustration

Natalia Wilkins-Tyler is a Salt Lake City-based scientific illustrator who has accomplished a number of fantastic illustrations for NHMU. Read about her profession and see a video of her in action.
[image] Dusting our Dirty Dinosaurs

Dusting our Dirty Dinosaurs

If you think your spring cleaning is difficult, try our Past Worlds Gallery on for size. Our exhibits team recently spent the better part of a week spiffing up all of our dinosaur skeletons.