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Alcohol, Leather & Time

In 2001, NHMU received a Save America’s Treasures Grant to restore an amazing cache of moccasins found in the Promontory Point caves. The conservation work was methodical and meticulous, and as a result, the conserved and reshaped moccasins are available for generations of researchers to study.

This was the Place: Athabaskans Gambling on a New Life in the South

New evidence discovered in the Promontory caves reveals that a group of fantastic hunters and lovers of games and gambling were the inhabitants. Archaeologist and friend of NHMU, Jack Ives, believes that they were an Athabaskan or Dene-speaking culture from subarctic Canada, making friends in Utah.

Utah, home to the oldest chocolate in the U.S.

Producing artisan chocolate is hot in Utah today, but our history with cacao dates back further than you'd think.

Utah’s Ancient Cacao: A Surprising Find

No archaeologist would have guessed it, but the oldest evidence of cacao use in the Southwestern U.S. was found in an Ancestral Puebloan village in Utah.

Cacao in Chaco Canyon

A cache of 181 cylindrical vessels found in Chaco Canyon, NM, was the first evidence that cacao had made its way into the American Southwest by 1100 A.D.

Chocolate: Its Origins

Chocolate has a long history with humans - evidence of cacao use dates back to as early as 1900 B.C. Learn about the origins of this beloved plant.

Know Your Lacy White Flowers

Summer in Utah’s mountains brings lots of cow-parsnip, a strong-scented member of the carrot family, but adventurers should be careful not to confuse it with its more toxic look-alikes: hogweed, poison hemlock, and water hemlock.
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From the Collection: Unknown Jurassic Lizard

Take a look at two halves of a nearly complete skeleton of a lizard that lived in the Late Jurassic, about 150 million years ago.

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.

Living Rock from the Great Salt Lake, Now in our Permanent Exhibits

One of the earliest forms of life on Earth – microbialites – thrive in the Great Salt Lake, and we pay homage to the humble living rock with a new permanent exhibit in our Great Salt Lake Gallery.