With their spectacular new location in the Rio Tinto Center, overlooking the entire Salt Lake valley, visitors to the Natural History Museum of Utah can see the city's skyline in a whole new light. The world-class home of the museum allows it to deliver on its mission: “To illuminate the natural world and humans place within it.”

The Natural History Museum of Utah merges the state’s outdoors and ancient past for a local bucket-list experience. Many of the exhibits and displays are developed from research done by the museum’s scientists and including its world-renowned paleontology staff. Exhibits vary from exploring the histories of prehistoric people to the impact humans have on the environment today. The museum also features the largest number of unique new discoveries in Utah dinosaur species.

Jim Breitinger, marketing director at NHMU, understands the need to provide a museum that not only educates its visitors but also keeps them engaged. “We put a lot of effort into creating hands-on exhibits that appeal to people of all ages,” he says. 

In February, the Museum will have the tastiest exhibit of all, Chocolate: The Exhibition. “Utah is a burgeoning locale for artisan chocolatiers,” Breitinger says. “The exhibit comes from Chicago’s Field Museum, it explores the cultural and natural history of chocolate.” Utah has a unique connection to chocolate. The oldest evidence of chocolate within the boundaries of the United States was discovered in an ancient pot found in southern Utah.

The Museum will be hosting the “Ultimate Chocolate Fesitval” in March. The chocolate exhibit will run from Feb. 8 to June 1, 2014. (Prep for your chocolate experience at the Museum by clicking here for our new issue's feature story on local chocolate.)

The Natural History Museum of Utah proves that there truly is no place like home: Dinosaurs, nature, and chocolate—oh my! 

For more information be sure to visit, nhmu.utah.edu