We are thrilled to reopen our doors and invite you back to explore billions of years of awesome at the Natural History Museum of Utah. In an effort to make your next visit to NHMU as safe and enjoyable as possible, our Museum experience has evolved. Continue reading to see what steps we're taking to protect the health and well-being of visitors, staff, and volunteers as we welcome guests back to our galleries.
To avoid crowding and to facilitate physical distancing, NHMU is limiting capacity in the galleries. Whether you are a Museum Member using your free admission benefits, or a first-time visitor seeking general admission, start your Museum experience by reserving tickets using our online reservation system. The Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. Tickets are not available for purchase at the Museum and must be reserved in advance. Guests are encouraged to start planning their visit at least one day in advance, as ticket availability is limited.
BY PURCHASING TICKETS YOU AGREE TO THE MUSEUM'S UPDATED HEALTH AND SAFETY REQUIREMENTS LISTED BELOW
Get Ready for Your Visit
Welcome Back to the Museum
Watch this two-minute video to get ready for your next visit to NHMU.
Health & Safety
The health and safety of our guests, staff, and volunteers is our top priority. NHMU has redesigned the Museum experience following guidelines from the CDC, State of Utah, Salt Lake County, Salt Lake City, and the University of Utah. We have taken numerous precautions to ensure the Museum is as clean, safe, and enjoyable as possible. These additions and modifications include:
- A reservation-based ticketing system that allows us to carefully limit the number of guests in the building at any one time
- Required face coverings for all staff, volunteers, and visitors over the age of two
- Visitors are required to wear a face covering (mask, scarf, gaiter, bandana) over their nose and mouth throughout their visit
- Any mask with an exhaust valve is not approved as an acceptable face covering
- Physical distancing between visiting groups
- A one-way path through the Museum
- Sanitization stations throughout the Museum
- A complimentary new stylus for all guests that makes possible “hands-free” interaction with many of our exhibits
There will also be new things to see and new ways to interact with exhibitions, as we’ve worked hard to preserve the experiential learning for all ages that you’ve come to expect from us.
For questions regarding accommodations please see our accessibility page.
Click the questions below for answers.
NHMU is committed to following the best evidence-based public health guidelines available, including those of the CDC public health guidelines and those of the State of Utah, Salt Lake County, Salt Lake City, and the University of Utah. Therefore, please know that your visit to NHMU will require the following:
- Museum capacity is limited and all tickets must be purchased in advance through our reservation-based online ticketing system.
- Visitors, staff, and volunteers are required to wear face coverings to enter the building and throughout their visit.
- A one-way traffic plan is in place to facilitate physical distancing of at least 6 feet between parties. In some areas where two-way traffic is required there is signage to guide you.
- Physical barriers (acrylic panels) have been erected wherever you may interact with a staff member.
- Our custodial staff is conducting frequent cleaning and disinfecting of exhibits, bathrooms, and all public spaces. Hand-sanitizing stations are available throughout the galleries.
- All staff and volunteers entering the building undergo temperature checks. We do not require the same for Museum guests.
Visitors are required to wear a face covering (mask, scarf, gaiter, bandana) over their nose and mouth throughout their visit, aligning with best practice guidelines from the CDC. Plastic face shields do not meet this requirement, but may be worn in addition to a cloth mask. Any mask with an exhaust valve is not approved as an acceptable face mask. The Museum will provide face coverings for guests who need them.
You are welcome to arrive up to 15 minutes before or after your reserved ticket time. If you arrive before your reserved time and we are near capacity in the galleries, we ask that you wait in your vehicle or outside the building until 15 minutes before your time slot. If capacity has not yet been reached and you would prefer to enter sooner, our staff will accommodate you.
If you miss your reserved time, our staff will try to fit you in at the next available time that day. Please note, the Museum closes at 5 p.m. We recommend arriving no later than 4 p.m.
Very clean. We have increased the frequency of cleaning throughout the Museum and are following CDC recommendations for disinfection. All high-touch hard surfaces are frequently disinfected using EPA-recommended, COVID-19-effective cleaning solutions. These surfaces include door handles, rails, push bars, all bathroom surfaces, customer-service counters, benches, touch screens, elevator buttons, tables, chairs, and trash receptacles.
Note that the Museum’s open plan, high ceilings, and commercial-grade ventilation helps maintain clean air inside the building. We have also implemented new ways of interacting with exhibits; you will be provided with a stylus to activate touch screens, push buttons, and rotate dials and ID wheels throughout the Museum.
Yes, each Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. is reserved for senior citizens and guests with compromised immunity to visit the Museum.
Currently, we are not offering extended hours from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday evenings.
If you have a discount or complementary admission pass, please click here.
Due to our unexpected closure in March, we have extended all Museum Memberships. If you have not yet received an email or letter from us outlining your member benefits, visit our Member Help page.
Unfortunately, not at this time. You are permitted to bring your own food and drink into the Museum, but please note that table space will be distanced and limited. As always, food and drinks are not permitted in the galleries. Please remember to discard your items in appropriate receptacles.
Wheelchairs are still available for guest checkout. They are sanitized before and after every use. Strollers are currently not available and at this time the coat check is closed.
Continue Exploring Online
Still not ready to return to the Museum in person? You can continue exploring NHMU online. Take a Virtual Field Trip of our exhibitions led by one of the Museum's scientists or expert educators. Admire the Rio Tinto Center's breathtaking galleries in 360 Tours powered by Google's Poly. Download and play Save Your Stream!, the award-winning digital interactive featured in our special exhibition, Nature All Around Us. Read about the Museum's latest science and research on our blog. And, stay connected with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or via our email newsletter.
Questions or concerns, compliments or feedback regarding the Museum's reopening? Send us an email.