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Behind the Scenes

Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Natural History Museum of Utah | Rio Tinto Center | 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City

A paleontologist stands next to shelves full of large fossils.

See more of the Museum as you explore the off-limits areas of NHMU during our annual Behind the Scenes weekend. For two days only, we open the doors to the “back of house” for a look at the amazing objects held in stewardship for the people of Utah. Meet the scientists whose work helps grow these collections, learn about current research, and get an insider’s view of the Museum. 

Help us celebrate this Museum and its collections that exists because of your support and will benefit Utah's future generations. 

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  • See Native American artifacts collected by John Wesley Powell during his famous expeditions exploring the Colorado River.
  • Meet Utah's newest dinosaur: Akainacephalus johnsoni, including the complete skull of this newly announced species.
  • Get up to date on the research happening at Range Creek, a pristine Fremont Indian site in central Utah. New discoveries from this summer’s digs including ceramic sherds, remains from animals that teach us about ancient ecosystems, and see lithic tools from Range Creek.
  • Learn where there is the greatest plant diversity in Utah, and find out what role museum collections play in documenting and understanding biodiversity.
  • See more of Utah's fascinating insects from NHMU's collections
  • Enjoy vibrant minerals from around the world
  • See more of the migratory birds of the Great Salt Lake
  • And much more

Museum Members 

Join us in the Museum Members-only Hospitality Suite for light refreshments throughout the day. If you’re not yet a member, take the opportunity to sign up during Behind the Scenes weekend and you will get free access to this fan-favorite event. 

Please Note

  • Strollers and coats are not permitted in the collections areas—stroller parking will be provided and we'll have an area for coats too

  • Museum admission required (free for Museum Members, U of U faculty, staff, and students)

  • Doors to collections areas close at 4:30 p.m.