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Traveling Treasures


For more than 16 years, The Natural History Museum of Utah and Zions Bank have worked together on Traveling Treasures, a robust annual outreach partnership designed to bring the state museum of natural history, and its collections, into  Utah’s diverse communities. Every year, a team of educators, exhibit designers, bank personnel, and museum volunteers together  create a new traveling  exhibit which explores an intriguing aspect of the natural history of the state, region or planet.

During its time on the road each year, Traveling Treasures visits up to 12 cities and hosts family festivals and packed community lectures throughout the state. This community programming allows the Natural History Museum of Utah to connect with Utah’s communities statewide. From Layton, Panguitch, and Richfield to Duchesne, Tooele and North Ogden.


2015, Amazing Adaptations

View details and rules for the 2015 Traveling Treasures Contest! 

A lizard with horns like a dinosaur? A mammal covered in scaly armor? An aspen forest that is a single tree? This year’s exhibit Traveling Treasures: Amazing Adaptations focuses on the improbable journey of a fossil from ancient eco-system to modern museum. It offers a glimpse of the diverse and wondrous adaptations that help organisms find food, evade predators, attract mates, and cope with extreme environments. Discover the remarkable survival strategies of Utah natives and creatures from around the globe in this exhibit of specimens from the Natural History Museum of Utah. Take your adaptation explorations further! Discover the extraordinary adaptations that define our family, the mammals, in Extreme Mammals: The Biggest, Smallest, and Most Amazing Mammals of All Time.

Amazing Adaptations Schedule

JanuaryLayton 150 S. Fort Lane
FebruaryProvo 180 N. University Ave.
MarchPanguitch 90 E. Center St. 
AprilCedar City 1313 S. Providence Center
MayRichfield 55 W. 100 N. 
JuneManti 1 S. Main St.
JulyDuchesne 19 W. Main St.
AugustSantaquin 120 E. Main St.
SeptemberTooele 998 N. Main St.
OctoberNorth Ogden 2284 N. Washington Blvd.
NovemberMurray 5595 S. State St.