For nearly 20 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 science festivals throughout the state. This community programming allows the Natural History Museum of Utah to connect with Utah’s communities statewide—from Vernal to Delta, and Logan to Kanab.
Traveling Treasures 2019: Collecting the Past for the Future
The Natural History Museum of Utah will begin its 50th anniversary celebration in 2019. Come explore the early origins of its collections, now grown to more than 1.6 million objects. In this traveling exhibit, follow a geologist’s journey in Utah and around the world to collect dazzling minerals. Imagine an archaeologist riding horseback through Southern Utah to unearth ancient sites. Discover fossils found in downtown Salt Lake City, and learn how today’s Museum curators continue to collect, study, and preserve specimens that will continue to inform for years to come.
See full list of upcoming dates and locations below. If you have any questions contact the Community Outreach Coordinator Sarah Allen at
This curriculum and activity booklet is meant for all Utah educators as a supplemental resource specialized for grades 3-5 science and social studies standards. Though this booklet is accompanying the Traveling Treasures exhibit, it can also be used throughout the year as it covers a wide range of Utah Natural History topics!