Mission & Values

Mission: The Natural History Museum of Utah illuminates the natural world and the place of humans within it.  

We strive to:

  • Foster an understanding of science as a journey of discovery and wonder.
  • Promote the preservation of biological and cultural diversity.
  • Preserve collections in trust for future generations.
  • Encourage new perspectives on and inspire passion for the natural world.
  • Celebrate Utah's native peoples and cultures.
  • Showcase Utah's unique and extraordinary environments.
  • Create knowledge through innovative research.
  • Demonstrate the myriad links connecting the past, present and future.
  • Transcend scientific disciplines to reveal the networks inherent in nature.
  • Serve as center for science literacy, acting as a bridge between the scientific community and the public.
  • Empower people to make thoughtful decisions about the future.

Statement of Ethics

It is recognized that we benefit from a high degree of public trust. To maintain that confidence, we must act with integrity, prudence, intellectual honesty, foresight and appropriate transparency. It is in our Statement of Ethics we intend to communicate a better understanding of our mission and dictate basic ethical responsibilities for NHMU staff, volunteers and other partners. 

NHMU & Evolution

NHMU is an institution of science. As such, we accept the theory of evolution, which is the unifying concept of all biological sciences. While there remains ongoing and lively debate about the processes of evolutionary change—that is, how evolution occurs—the overwhelming majority of biologists fully endorse the idea that all organisms on earth share a common ancestry and that life's unfolding has encompassed billions of years of time. Like gravity, evolution is one of the cornerstones of modern science, and it represents one of the key themes of our institutional mission. 

Sustainability - Leading by Example

"Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
                                                                                                                        (Bruntland Commission, United Nations, 1987)

The Natural History Museum of Utah scientists study the past to understand pattern and process, with the belief that this knowledge provides a basis for people to make informed decisions that affect the future. The philosophy of sustainability is a fundamental framework for evaluating such choices. NHMU provides opportunities for students and visitors to better understand their interactions with the natural world and provide a framework for individual and community decision-making. We aspire to lead by example—demonstrating the viability of sustainable choices in our new building and in our operations. 

Sustainability is a core value here at NHMU, as seen through our new building and is an integral aspect of our mission.

Learn more about our new building, the Rio Tinto Center and it's LEED certification.