Exhibits and Public Programs

Poison Live!

Poison Live! is 12-minute theatrical and multimedia show that tells a dramatic story about the beginnings of toxicology. 
Performed in The Power of Poison, our current special exhibit, Poison Live! recalls the true story of a 19th century murder mystery.

DNA Festival - Get a Hands-on Look at the World of Genomes

Families can dive deeper into the fascinating world of genomes at the Natural History Museum of Utah’s DNA Festival, Saturday, July 9, 2016 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The DNA Festival is tied to the Museum’s special exhibit, Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code, that runs through Sept. 5, 2016.

"Spot the Gecko" and win a free family pass to the Natural History Museum of Utah

Since January, families have enjoyed seeing the bulging eyes and colorful skin of living geckos on display in the Natural History Museum of Utah’s Geckos Live! exhibit. Now in April, Utahns have a chance to catch a glimpse of a life-sized spotted gecko walking down Main Street, shopping at a mall, eating in a restaurant or hanging out at a library. So keep your eyes open and don't forget to snap a photo of the colorful guy and post it on social media for a chance to win a prize.

Get a Jump on 2016

Join us for a family-friendly Noon Years Eve celebration at the Natural History Museum of Utah on the final day of 2015. Party animals of all ages will be gathering in the Museum’s Canyon area, Thursday, December 31, 2015 from 11:00am to 2:00pm for music, fun activities and of course, a group countdown to Noon!


Make ringing in the New Year a memorable event for those infamous party poopers or even the little celebrators who need to be in bed before the stroke of midnight. Guests in attendance will have the opportunity to:


Winter Nights

The Natural History Museum of Utah is excited to announce a series of family-friendly festivities on Wednesday evenings beginning the first week of December. Winter Nights at the Museum will highlight fun activities, musical presentations, shopping discounts and a live performance for visitors of all ages.


Birds of Paradise: An Amazing Avian Evolution

The Natural History Museum of Utah would like to take you on an expedition into the dense jungles of New Guinea to meet some of the most exotic, colorful and unusual birds on the planet. No need to book a flight, just drop by the Museum to spend time in the new “Birds of Paradise: An Amazing Avian Evolution” exhibit running Saturday, Sept. 19 through Jan 3, 2015.

Get Your DIY on with Two Unique Workshops Inspired by Nature

This fall, the Natural History Museum of Utah is teaming up with Craft Lake City for two exciting new DIY workshops. Both events will take place in the Naturalist Lab and are part of the Museum’s After Dark series held on Wednesday evenings.


Firefly Sightings in Utah

June 17, 2015 —Natural History Museum of Utah entomologist Christy Bills wasn’t sure what to think, when people first began reporting firefly sightings around the state. Not until someone brought her a firefly they had caught did she begin to think more about it. Of course, anyone who has spent time east of Colorado knows lightning bugs can be plentiful on a muggy summer night. Firefly sightings are much more common in warm, humid regions around the globe. Yet it seems more and more rural Utah residents are coming forward with lightning bug stories of their own.

Eye to Eye Exhibit Opens at the Natural History Museum of Utah

Eye to Eye: Re-visioning Eye Disease is an interactive exhibit that explores and celebrates the various ways people adapt and overcome the challenges associated with several common diseases of the eye. As part of the ‘Utah Futures’ gallery at the Natural History Museum of Utah at the Rio Tinto Center, the exhibit also explores advances in technology and research by Jade Therapeutics that are enabling exciting new treatment options.

Colleen McLaughlin

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