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Museum Accessibility for Guests Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision

Planning Your Visit to NHMU

Here is some selected information to prepare you for your visit to the Natural History Museum of Utah. 

COVID-19 Update

Per CDC and local health department guidelines, we require a face covering for all visitors ages 2 and older. If you are unable to wear a cloth or disposable face covering due to health reasons, a looser-fitting scarf or face shield are acceptable alternatives. Please bring your own as these will not be provided by the Museum. 

Museum Hours

The Natural History Museum of Utah is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week and remains open late until 9 p.m. on Wednesdays. The Museum is open 363 days a year, closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.


Admission is required to access the Museum, but Museum Members and University of Utah faculty, staff, and students with an active UID get free admission. For a complete list of Museum admission prices, visit our Hours and Admission page

Purchasing Tickets Online

Museum tickets can be purchased online in advance and at a discount of $2 per guest. We recognize that the online ticket purchase process is not optimized for screen readers and we are working to remedy this. If you experience difficulties purchasing discounted tickets online, a member of our staff can assist you at our admission desk.

Driving Directions, Public Transit, and Parking

Driving directions to the Museum, parking instructions, and public transportation options to NHMU are all covered in detail on our directions webpage. Both Uber and Lyft are easy transportation options to NHMU and drivers can drop passengers off in the turnaround close to the Museum entrance. 

Quieter Museum Hours

If you wish to visit the Museum during a quieter time, the following days and times tend to be less busy: Monday to Friday after 1:30 p.m., Wednesday evenings between 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and all day on Sundays.

Personal Care Assistant

The Museum will provide free admission for a paid Personal Care Assistant who is accompanying a guest with a disability.

Service Animals

The Natural History Museum of Utah allows service animals, that is, animals trained to perform specific tasks for an individual with a disability, into all the public areas of the Museum.  In the rare case that safety concerns prevent a service animal from entering a collections or laboratory space, Museum staff will work with Museum guests and guest researchers to provide a reasonable accommodation.

Tours and Special Programming

We offer tours and special programming for both individuals and groups that include touchable specimens from the natural world.  To request a tour or special programming, please contact Echo Paixao by email or by phone at 801-587-5721.

Museum Staff Assistance

If you have any other special needs, please contact our guest services team by email or by phone at 801-587-5788.

Contact Us

Museum staff and volunteers work to provide the best possible experience for all our guests and we welcome the opportunity to receive feedback from you. Please contact us with any concerns or feedback by email. If you wish to provide feedback regarding your screen reader experience navigating the Museum's website, please email our marketing department. Inquiries concerning discrimination may be referred to the University of Utah's Office of Equal Opportunity.

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