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COVID-19 Update: We are open! Face coverings and advance reservations required. Learn more here.
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Plan a Visit to NHMU!

To help slow the spread of COVID-19, masks are required for all guests ages two and older inside the Museum and during your visit. 

In a continued effort to make your visit to NHMU as safe and enjoyable as possible, our Museum experience has evolved. Continue reading to see what health and safety measures are in place as you prepare to join us—safely! 

The Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m every day. On Wednesdays, we are open until 9 p.m. 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.

Senior 65+$12.95
Young Adult 13-24$12.95
Child 3-12$9.95
Child 2 and underFree
Museum MembersFree
U of U Students, Faculty & StaffFree




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, modifications, and requirements include: 

  • Required face coverings for all staff, volunteers, and visitors over the age of two.
  • All those in our building are required to wear an approved face covering over their nose and mouth
  • Approved face coverings include: cloth mask, scarf, gaiter, bandana, surgical masks. Face coverings less than 2 layers of material, that have exhaust valves, and contain any mesh are not approved.
  • 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
  • A reservation-based ticketing system that allows us to carefully limit the number of guests in the building at any one time

There are 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




Museum Members

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Paid Admission

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Discounts, Coupons & Passes


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Get Ready for Your Visit

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A Safe & Enjoyable Museum Visit

Watch this two-minute video to get ready for your next visit to NHMU.

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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 and remain in the building.
  • 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 added 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 can and will provide face coverings for guests who need them.

Please arrive within 30 minutes following your selected arrival 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 your designated arrival time. If capacity has not yet been reached and you would prefer to enter sooner, our staff will try to 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 intended for senior citizens and guests with compromised immunity to visit the Museum. We encourage guests who don't meet these criteria to visit us at other times.

Yes! We are open Wednesday nights until 9 p.m. At this time, our $5 after 5 p.m. offer is not available and tickets will be full price. 

If you are a Museum Member and are having trouble making an online reservation, click here.

If you are having trouble purchasing a ticket, or have other questions, we can help! Click here.

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

The Museum Store is open and currently operating seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum Café remains closed 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 room is closed.

Continue Exploring Online

Still not ready to return to the Museum in person? You can continue exploring NHMU online. Meet paleontologists from around the world at Polar DinoFest online and see the latest videos on our Youtube channel. 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

Contact Us

Questions or concerns, compliments or feedback regarding the Museum during this time? Send us an email.