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.
Tags: plants

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.

Bioblitzing with SLC Neighborhood Naturalists

Citizens armed with smart phones are helping Salt Lake City parks and open space managers inventory species found on our shared urban spaces. It's a partnership we've developed with the city and we call it SLC Neighborhood Naturalists.

Grand Photos of Humble Bugs: Digitizing our Entomology Collection

We can now produce amazingly detailed images of our entomology collection as we slowly add our 275,000 specimens to our online database.
Tags: bugs

7 Things Your Child Might Become, Thanks to NHMU Summer Camps

NHMU summer camps are so impressive for kids, here’s our short list of 7 things your kid might just become after attending one.
Tags: kids

Fierce Facts about Fireflies

Fireflies are beautiful, but they're way more fierce than you might think. First, they're carnivores. Second, they're poisonous, so don't eat them!