Blog Archive: Spaces

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.

Of Mice and Meadows

A new exhibit in the Land Gallery shows how small mammals tell us about the past and present of the Great Basin ecosystem.

Science beyond the headlines

A new study adds evidence to one hypothesis about why so many bones ended up at Cleveland Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry.

Gila: the Monster, the Myth, the Legend

Gila monsters are the stuff of mythology, like a gorgon or a hippogriff, yet these reclusive reptiles are fascinating regardless of the tall tales. NHMU visitors can see one up close during the Power of Poison exhibit.

Paleontologists discuss NHMU's Past Worlds exhibition

Hear what paleontologists have to say about NHMU's Past Worlds exhibition--with its Utah dinosaurs, including more than a dozen species that are new to science and have only been found in Utah.

The Theater of Poison – Two Live Performances

Education and entertainment mix seamlessly through the power of museum theater, two great examples of which are happening at NHMU through April 1, 2017: Poison Live! and the Extreme Plants Traveling Sideshow.

The Dracula of Wasps

The tarantula hawk, found in Utah, is a page out of a collection of horror stories. Beautiful, huge, painful, and parasitic - it's a wasp that tops the Sting Pain Index and finds its way into NHMU's "The Power of Poison" exhibit.
Tags: bugs, poison

Mountain Mahogany: One Tough Rose

Curl-Leaf Mountain Mahogany is a high-elevation evergreen found throughout Utah and the western U.S. The fact that it's actually a part of the rose family is just one of its remarkable traits.
Tags: plants

In with the New: Our Collections Wall Gets a New Look

It’s been five years since we first installed the 600 objects in our glass-enclosed Collections Wall. Now, we’re preserving some of the light-sensitive artifacts and bringing in objects from other collections to create a new, updated look for our visitors.

Fremont Horned Figurines – What are They?

The objects on display at NHMU are a testament to the physical world and science, but many are also a product of human cultures, and require a bit of thought and imagination to truly appreciate.