Sunday, December 11, 2011
The Natural History Museum of Utah (NHMU) opened the doors to the public at the new Rio Tinto Center after years of planning and construction. To celebrate opening day, admission was free. NHMU is a major research institution located at the University of Utah with a focus on the natural and cultural history of the Great Basin Region and the Colorado Plateau.
Inside the stunning new Rio Tinto Center is approximately 51,000 square feet dedicated to new permanent exhibitions within the galleries that explore topics ranging from Utah’s ancient ecosystems and Utah’s first peoples to cutting-edge science in the areas of biogeography and genetics. The Museum’s new exhibit galleries were developed by some of the world’s leading scientists, educators and exhibit designers. They feature Utah’s history, artifacts and objects from every county in the state.