Salt Lake City - The NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM OF UTAH at the University of Utah announced its new home, the Rio Tinto Center, will officially open to the general public on Friday, Nov. 18.
"The new facility will match the depth and richness of our state's natural history,'' says Sarah George, executive director of the museum. "Not only will we showcase extraordinary artifacts unavailable in other places around the world, but we will provide visitors with interactive and stimulating experiences as they explore the world around them."
The museum, an active research institution, cares for 1.2 million objects from the state and around the region. The total square footage of the new building is approximately 163,000, and its size and design allows for 50 years of future collection growth.
The museum is seeking LEED gold certification for the Rio Tinto Center, which is situated on a 17-acre site above the shoreline of ancient Lake Bonneville. Its unique location makes nature a part of the building's structure and visitor experience.