If you've yet to grace the doors of the Natural History Museum of Utah in the exquisite Rio Tinto Center, Monday, Jan. 9, is your day to do so, and snag free admission into the bargain.
Kicking off the first in its annual series of four "Free Days," the museum will offer free tickets to visitors throughout the day. That said, it's wise to secure your reserve free admission tickets, online at www.nhmu.utah.edu.
As for the museum itself, you won't find a more all-encompassing panorama of exhibits of all stripes that tell a better, more cohesive story of our natural world and the science behind it. Chief among the museum's new exhibits is an observatory that displays all the unique features of Utah's desert landscapes. But there's so much more, from dioramas incorporating sound and smell, to interactive exhibits that mimic an actual excavation site to a cafe space filled with butterflies. Genetics, plate tectonics and Utah's first civilizations of native tribes all get their due. Which means you'll want to clear at least half a day off your schedule to take it all in.