The Natural History Museum of Utah has been applauded for its cutting-edge design. // © 2012 Natural History Museum of Utah
Open since November, the Natural History Museum of Utah (NHMU) has already become a popular attraction in Salt Lake City. Inspired by the landscape of Utah and set in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the new building blends seamlessly into its surroundings, the angles of the roof rising and falling with the slope of the mountains in the background. The NHMU has also incorporated the use of recycled materials, local resources, photovoltaic energy, radiant cooling and implemented an extensive storm water catchment and management system, putting it on par for LEED Gold certification, which would make it one of only 18 buildings in Salt Lake City to be awarded this distinction.
The response to the new space has been so overwhelmingly positive that the NHMU is now offering architecture tours. These guided tours are offered every weekday at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., as well as on Sunday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. The cost of the architecture tour is included in the admission to the museum — $9 for adults, $7 for youth (ages 13-24), $6 for children (ages 3-12) and free for children ages 2 and younger.