The Dracula of Wasps

The tarantula hawk, found in Utah, is a page out of a collection of horror stories. Beautiful, huge, painful, and parasitic - it's a wasp that tops the Sting Pain Index and finds its way into NHMU's "The Power of Poison" exhibit.

From a Utah Hike: A Carolina Wolf Spider Story

We don't often associate arachnids and maternal care, but our Invertebrate Collections Manager, Christy Bills, shares a story about an intimidating spider found here in Utah that might just melt your heart.

Jar of Snakes

Spookiest Halloween decoration ever, on display in NHMU's new Collections Wall. Our Curator of Vertebrate Zoology, Eric Rickart, explains what's in this jar of snakes.

The Power of Poison

Explore the Role Toxins Play for Good and Ill in Nature, Myths and Throughout History 

Ancient Pig-Snouted Turtle Unearthed in Utah

A Long Extinct Species Comes to Light

Hopi Pottery

Modern ethnographic jar made by the late Joy Navasie (Frog Woman), a Hopi-Tewa potter. 

Catalog number is ET578

Donated by Dr. Allan Nelson, MD, Chicago, Illinois in 2013


The Natural History Museum of Utah Presents Third Annual Indian Art Market

The Natural History Museum of Utah is pleased to announce its third annual Indian Art Market on Saturday and Sunday, October 10-11, 2015. This year’s juried event features 21 contemporary artists representing 12 native tribes, who will be showcasing and selling their unique works of art, including paintings, baskets, carvings, jewelry, pottery and exciting mixed media pieces.

Why Big Dinosaurs Steered Clear of the Tropics

June ­15, 2015 ­– For more than 30 million years after dinosaurs first appeared, they remained inexplicably rare near the equator, where only a few small-bodied meat-eating dinosaurs eked out a living. The age-long absence of big plant-eaters at low latitudes is one of the great, unanswered questions about the rise of the dinosaurs.

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.

Natural History Museum of Utah Partners with Utah's Hogle Zoo

This summer, the Natural History Museum of Utah will be sharing two of Utah’s newest dinosaur discoveries with thousands of visitors at Hogle Zoo.