Utah Museum of Natural History New Building Underway

The Utah Museum of Natural History is building a new home, to be called the Rio Tinto Center. The new Museum is expected to open in late 2011.

The design for the new Natural History Museum, created by Polshek Partnership, embodies the Museum’s educational and scientific mission to inspire wonder and discovery of the natural world and the place of humans in it. The new Museum will be the “trailhead” for the State of Utah. The architecture, together with the collections housed within, will create an inspirational visitor experience and encourage curiosity and inquiry. “The design team has created a building that is certain to inspire, excite and educate the community and its visitors about the natural world,” says Sarah George, UMNH Executive Director.

The Museum has successfully raised over $86 million towards the new building through a combination of public and private support. The public/private partnership includes a major gift from Kennecott Utah Copper, support from leading Utah charitable foundations, funding from the Utah State Legislature, and from the United States Congress.

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