In the foothills overlooking the Salt Lake Valley is a copper tinted building that blends perfectly into the natural environment.
The Rio Tinto Natural History Museum was my destination for a Saturday afternoon with my niece, and I’m not sure who was more excited.
“The Eyes of the Future are looking back at us and they are praying for us to see beyond our own time.”
-Terry Tempest Williams
A child’s curiosity and unspoiled wonder makes everything better in a place like this. We start by gazing at the world’s largest known land mammal, a massive beast that frightens her for a moment, then she laughs. We explore the tiniest of creatures under a microscope, to being in awe at the size of the horned dinosaurs.
“I’ve read that a naked eye can see six thousand stars in the hundred billion galaxies, but I couldn’t believe it, what with the white sky and starlight. I saw one million stars with one eye and two million with both.”
-William Least Heat Moon
The Natural History Museum is a great place to escape the summer heat for a few hours for kids of all ages.