Natural History Museum of Utah

#14 in Best Things To Do in Salt Lake City
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301 Wakara Way

Price & Hours

$14.95 for adults; $12.25 for young adults age...
Mon-Tues, Thurs-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Wed 10 a....

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Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.7scorecard
  • 3.5Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Head to the Natural History Museum to learn about the formation of the region's parks, mountain ranges, lakes, and basins, as well as exhibits on anthropology, entomology, zoology, mineralogy, botany and much more. The Great Salt Lake exhibit is a must-see, with interactive exhibits on one of the region's most unique features. Kids will especially enjoy the Our Backyard exhibit, with plenty of hands-on activities to spark their curiosity, though recent visitors say the whole museum is family-friendly, with plenty to see and do.

The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (with extended hours until 9 p.m. on Wednesdays). Tickets are $14.95 for adults; $12.25 for young adults ages 13 to 24; and $9.95 for children ages 3 to 12. On Wednesday nights after 5 p.m., admission is $5 for all. The museum sits about 2 miles north of the Hogle Zoo and is best reached by car. For more information, check out the museum's official website.

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#1 Temple Square

Temple Square's three-block, 35-acre plaza is home to nearly 20 attractions related to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It's anchored by the towering Salt Lake Temple – where, among other things, weekly meetings of the church's governing bodies are held – and other fascinating buildings like the expansive Tabernacle and the Gothic-style Assembly Hall, which offer insight into the history and development of the church. You should also stop by the Family History Library, the largest genealogy library in the world. Once you've toured the sites, stroll through the square's scenic gardens and past the gurgling fountains.

Recent travelers recommend taking a free, guided tour of the square and also mention that you don't have to be particularly religious to find it of interest. Tours are not scheduled, but knowledgeable docents are available every day between 9 a.m. and 4, 7 or 8 p.m., depending on the month. Tours begin on the hour and meet at the flagpole west of the temple. Visitors are also welcome to attend the Sunday morning concerts in the Tabernacle, as well as the Thursday evening choir rehearsals (7:30 p.m.), both put on by the renowned Tabernacle Choir.

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