Gallery: EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Utah Opens Its Striking New Natural History ...

The Utah Natural History Museum recently moved into its new home at the Rio Tinto Center at the base of the Wasatch Mountains in Salt Lake City, and we were on the scene to take a peek. Designed by Todd Schliemann and New York City-based Ennead Architects, the striking museum is home to dinosaurs, artifacts, fossils, animal specimens, minerals and much, much more. Made with copper mined locally from the other side of the city, the interactive museum and repository was built as a representation of the physical geography of Utah with its vast canyons, soaring mountains, and expansive plateaus. Since the museum is dedicated to the natural wonders of the state, it's no surprise that it was designed to help preserve them by minimizing its impact on the environment. Currently the museum is awaiting LEED Gold certification, and this author was lucky enough to take a tour of the museum to get a first-hand look inside and speak with Todd Schliemann about the design process.

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  1. Robert Jackson January 13, 2012 at 11:00 am

    wonderful site!

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