New Museum Building

Rio Tinto Center Goes for Gold

The Natural History Museum of Utah’s new home, The Rio Tinto Center, is aspiring to become one of 18 LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified buildings thus far in the State of Utah. With the announcement in April of a new partnership with Rocky Mountain Power, the Museum was able to add one more green element that will certainly continue its march toward Gold Certification.

The energy partnership includes a grant from Rocky Mountain Power that allows for a sizeable solar photovoltaic system installed on the site later this year.

Natural History Museum of Utah and Rocky Mountain Power Work to Make Rio Tinto Center a Model of Energy Efficiency

The Natural History Museum of Utah at the University of Utah and Rocky Mountain Power announced today a proactive partnership to increase the energy efficiency performance and showcase forms of energy and their use at the Rio Tinto Center, the new home of the Natural History Museum of Utah.

Ann Hanniball

Ann Hanniball, associate director, began her professional career with the Museum in 1977 as the registrar, then assumed responsibilities for all of the collections-close to 1.2 million objects-- in 1979 as curator of collections.

Chris Eisenberg

Chris Eisenberg joined the Museum in 2006 as the capital campaign director and was responsible for managing the private fundraising for the new $102.5 million building, which opened November 18, 2011.

Sarah George

Sarah George, executive director, joined the Utah Museum of Natural History in 1992. Drawing upon her vast experience as a scientist and with museums, George has guided the efforts of the staff and board through times of significant challenges, growth and change.