DinoFest 2018

Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
The Natural History Museum of Utah | Rio Tinto Center | 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City

The Natural History Museum of Utah is celebrating all things dinosaur at our second annual DinoFest. This year's theme is "Dinosaurs in Motion." 

Meet paleontologists and enjoy the Museum as we bring these creatures from long ago to life for guests of all ages. 

Weekend highlights include

  • Approximately 12 featured paleontologists who will be giving short talks, including keynote speaker John Hutchinson, professor of evolutionary biomechanics from the University of London's Royal Veterinary College. Additional speaker details will be posted as speakers are finalized.

  • Community partners representing the region's robust dinosaur research and educational communities.

  • Dinosaur themed face painting.

  • Fossil to flight puppet theater. 

  • Art, science, and kinesthetic activity for families and kids. 

  • Open house in NHMU's Paleo Prep Lab where we spend thousands of hours each year preparing fossils from the field for scientists to study. 

  • Access to the Museum's paleo collections area where real fossils are stored for study by scientists today and for future generations. 

  • Extra gallery interpreters in the Past Worlds gallery who will help explain the many unique Utah dinosaurs on display.

DinoFest is free with regular admission and free for Museum Members.