Jar of Snakes

It's perhaps the spookiest Halloween decoration ever. Our Curator of Vertebrate Zoology, Eric Rickart, explains what's in this jar of snakes.

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.
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Goshute Burden Basket

A new addition to our Collections Wall: a very large Goshute burden basket made sometime in the late 1800s - early 1900s. Learn about it's function and provenance.

Indian Art Market 2016: Jesse D. Johnson, Best of Show Winner

Congratulations to Jesse D. Johnson for winning Best of Show in the October 2016 Indian Art Market. Here is a description of the artist and his work in his own words.

Indian Art Market 2016: Jeremy Rosetta, 2nd Place Winner

Congratulations to Jeremy Rosetta for winning 2nd place in the 2016 Indian Art Market. Here is a description of Jeremy and his work.

Indian Art Market 2016: Susan Hudson, 3rd Place Winner

Congratulations to Susan Hudson, who won 3rd place at the Indian Art Market in October 2016. Here is a description of her work as told by the artist herself.

NHMU's Barrier Canyon Mural

No one knows for sure when Utah’s most famous rock art – the Great Gallery found in Horseshoe Canyon – was created, but we pay homage to it and to the WPA-commissioned art piece hanging in our 1st floor, behind the Admissions desk.

Bold Figures, Blurred History: The Great Gallery in Horseshoe Canyon

The Great Gallery is one of the most significant pictograph panels in the American Southwest, yet archaeologists have struggled over when it was created and what it could mean.

Irons, Paint & Pulleys

Moving the 60-foot-by-12-foot Barrier Canyon Mural to our new museum location in 2011 took a lot of planning, and more than a little conservation of the aging mural.

To the Top: Adventurous Researchers Unlock Changes in Animal Communities

Dr. Eric Rickart, Dr. Shannen Robson and Dr. Lois Alexander have spent the past 15 years examining species of mice, voles, and squirrels (among other animals) in the American Great Basin to better understand how and why there are changes occurring within their communities.