The Horse


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Explore the Enduring Bond between Humans and Horses

The Natural History Museum of Utah is pleased to present The Horse. Come discover the fascinating story of how humans have shaped the horse and how the horse, in turn, has shaped us. 

Over time, humans have domesticated horses, bred them for work and play, and forged deep emotional and spiritual connections with them. 

This special exhibition includes cultural objects from around the world, a hand-painted diorama depicting the evolution of the horse, and interactives that invite you to test your strength in horsepower, identify different breeds, and peek inside a life-size, moving horse.

Explore one of Utah’s most important horse stories – the connection of the Ute people to horses. The Ute were among the first North American tribes to acquire horses from the Spanish in the 1600s. Discover how horses transformed Ute life in ways that continue to reverberate today.

Horses are integral to our history and touch us as individuals.

Celebrate our bond with these magnificent creatures!

The Horse is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and heritage, United Arab Emirates; the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Gatineau-Ottawa; The Field Museum, Chicago; and the San Diego Natural History Museum.

Presenting Sponsor

George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation 

Major Sponsors

The ALSAM Foundation

R. Harold Burton Foundation