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Behind the Scenes

Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Natural History Museum of Utah | Rio Tinto Center | 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City

A scientist looks at drawers full of butterflies.

This year’s Behind the Scenes is designed as a tribute to the Museum’s 50th anniversary. Join us as we open locked doors to the public on this rare occasion to highlight the origins of the Museum's vast collections. Curators, collections managers, researchers, and volunteers will all be on hand to introduce guests to some of their most fascinating objects, including: 

  • The oldest paleontology specimens based on collection date, including a Utah sauropod dinosaur discovered near Moab in 1859--the first North American dinosaur discovered west of the Mississippi. 
  • Objects from the American Southwest collected by Byron Cummings (1860-1954), who is known as the Dean of Southwestern Archaeology
  • Featured work conducted in Range Creek Canyon in the 1950s and published 50 years ago
  • The first 50 fungal collections added to the Museum's new Fungarium (founded in 2016)
  • More details on this year's event here.

Save $2 on tickets

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.