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Apr20

Chocolate: The Exhibition

Feb 8, 2014 - Jun 1 , 2014
From the tropical rainforest of ancient Maya, 16th century Europe, the Industrial Revolution, to the present day - the…
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Apr20

The Center for Land Use…

Jan 24, 2014 - May 4 , 2014
The Utah Museum of Fine Arts commissioned the Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI), a Wendover/Los Angeles-based…
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Apr21

Phun with Physics

Jan 13, 2014 - Oct 13 , 2014
Live physics demos like you have never seen before! What do balloons, bicycle wheels, liquid nitrogen, flowers and a…
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Apr24

The Chickadee Society

Jan 9, 2014 - May 22 , 2014
Preschool Adventures! We invite you and your preschool age child to join the Chickadee Society here at the Natural…
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Apr25

Living Legends

Jan 10, 2014 - Jan 11 , 2037
For more than 40 years, BYU students with a heritage of Native American, Polynesian and Latin American backgrounds have…
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Apr26

Bug Brigade

Jan 11, 2014 - May 24 , 2014
Twice a month we offer visitors an opportunity to observe and handle live bugs to learn about these arthropods'…
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Apr26

HawkWatch: Birds in the Lab!

Jan 25, 2014 - May 31 , 2014
Join the HawkWatch crew and some of their fine feathered friends for the opportunity to observe live raptors…
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John Wesley Powell - Utah History

A Tradition of Adventure

From native peoples to John Wesley Powell, Utahns are history makers and that continues today.see more »

Utah History and Culture

In 1847, when Brigham Young entered the Salt Lake Valley he declared, "This is the place" ...years later we still believe that!

Some consider that the heritage of Utah goes way back to the age of dinosaurs. Indeed, fossilized evidence is abundant in our state. Human cultures came later. Utah's Puebloan cultures, the Anasazi and Fremont culture, date back to 1,200 A.D. and our lands are rich with evidence of their lives found in rock art - pictographs and petroglyphs - left behind on rock walls, as well as in the ruins of their homes and villages. Other Native American cultures, Ute, Paiute, Goshute, Shoshone, and Navajo have continued to contribute to Utah's rich heritage. At the time of the American Revolution, Spanish priests explored and brought Christianity to the native populations in what is now Utah. Trappers, mountain men and traders followed. Then, in 1847, Mormon pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley and soon established settlements throughout the intermountain west. Twelve years later, the first transcontinental railroad was completed in Utah, and immigration to the region grew tremendously.

On January 4th, 1896, Utah achieved statehood. These early cultures formed the warp and woof of the tapestry that is Utah. Known today for its growing, tech-savvy, education-minded, and recreation-oriented workforce, Utah is one of the most affordable, clean, safe and livable states in the country. Yet, despite our growing leadership in science, technology, and the arts, it is the echoes of the past that make Utah's culture a rich fabric of myriad hues and textures.

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