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.

Top 5 Dinosaur Myths

NHMU Curator of Paleontology, Randy Irmis, helps to clarify some common misconceptions about dinosaurs.

Isabel Perez-Vega, NHMU Employee, Recognized As American Graduate Champion

We are thrilled that one of our long-time Youth Teaching Youth participants and now an NHMU employee, Isabel Perez-Vega, has been recognized as an American Graduate Champion.

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.

In the Tiny World of Starch Grains, Bigger is Better

It takes a thorough understanding of the biology of starch to determine which starch grains are being recovered from archaeological sites. Lisbeth Louderback, our Curator of Archaeology, has discovered that bigger grains yield the best information for identification purposes.

Good News About Carbs, Told by Archaeobotanists

By studying the diets of ancient peoples, archaeobotanists may help to provide some answers for modern agricultural challenges. Carbohydrate-rich plants are adding to the story of ancient agriculture and plant domestication.

The Promontory Culture: Subarctic Canadian People Living in Utah Caves

One of the true American anthropological treasures, a trove of 250 moccasins and leather parts, was found in caves on the Great Salt Lake – after careful study and re-shaping, it seems that they belonged to people from subarctic Canada rather than the Fremont or Shoshone people who inhabited Utah.