301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
The Natural History Museum of Utah (NHMU) is a museum located at the Rio Tinto Center on the campus of the University Of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. The museum shows exhibits of natural history subjects, specifically about Utah's natural history. The mission of the museum is to illuminate the natural World and the place of humans within it. The new building was opened in 2011.
The museum was conceived in 1959, when the University of Utah faculty committee decided to consolidate natural history collections from around its campus. The museum was established as the Utah Museum of Natural History on the University of Utah campus in 1963 by the Utah State Legislature. It opened in 1969 in the former George Thomas Library and included specimens from the Deseret Museum as well as from the Charles Nettleton Strevell Museum that was located in the old Lafayette School on South Temple Street from 1939 until 1947. In 2011 the museum moved from the old George Thomas Library location at 1390 Presidents Circle into the Rio Tinto Center, east of the main university campus on top of a hill at 301 Wakara Way. The move also resulted in a change of name to the Natural History Museum of Utah.
Collections and research
The Natural History Museum of Utah has over 1.2 million objects in its collection that are used for research and education. The Museum's collections emphasize the natural history of Utah and are accessible to researchers from around the world. The majority of the collections are from public lands within the inter-mountain region of the United States. NHMU collections are used in studies on geological, biological and cultural diversity, and the history of living systems and human cultures within the Utah region. The goal of the museum is to increase the collections while providing the widest possible access to that information.
Archaeological collections of 3/4 million objects
Associated records from more than 3,800 sites
Ethnographic collections including more than 2,000 objects
18,000 lower vertebrates
123,000 plant specimens in the Garrett Herbarium, many with viable seeds and spores