girl in hat and boots walks up to the entrence of national history museum in salt lake city utah

National History Museums are great to visit for multiple reasons; fun for the whole family, amazing things on display and of course the gift shop (or maybe that’s just me)…but most importantly, they offer a little something for everyone at a reasonable price. Personally, I’ve always been a big fan of museums but haven’t been to a National History Museum since I was a kid. So after watching a couple episodes of “Mysteries at the Museum” (a great show) my curiosity prompted me to see what museums Salt Lake City offered.

5 dollars after 5pm

After a little bit of research, I found one near by me, surprisingly, they also offered $5 entries for everyone after 5pm on Wednesday…and what did you know, it was a Wednesday!!! With that intriguing information it was a no brainer what me and my sweetie were going to do for the night.

Getting there

About a 15 minute drive up the mountains, past the Capitol, next to the Red Butte Gardens (which I also cant wait to visit) the beautiful modern museum sits. Because of its location, it’s also home to some of the best views of the city. They have a “sky deck” on the top floor that was worth the whole trip!

The museum

The hours of the museum are typically 10am-5pm, however, on Wednesday they have their $5 admission from 5pm-9pm. Normal prices are as follow:

Senior 65 and over$12.95
Young Adult 13 – 24$12.95
Child 3 – 12$9.95
Child 2 and underFREE
Museum MembersFREE
University of Utah Students **, Faculty & Staff with Valid IDFREE

Active duty is also free admission.


The Museum has 5 floors of amazing exhibits, everything from dinosaurs, to native American heritage, all the way to the solar system….and there’s interactive stations EVERYWHERE. This had my inner archaeologists bursting when I saw the mock dig site. With all the interactive stations, adults and kids alike are encouraged to learn and explore, I couldn’t believe when 2 hours had flown by. Because there’s so much to see I recommend arriving right at 5pm, when its not as crowded and you still have plenty of time to explore.

one of the many dinosaurs at the national history museum in salt lake city utah
no bones about it…this museum is amazing
monkey skulls on display at the nationla history museum in salt lake city utah
monkeying around
crocodile bones on display at the national history museum in salt lake city utah

other events at the museum

Not only does the museum offer amazing things on display, but in addition, its also a place to get involved with your community and meet fellow history lovers. They offer yoga, art classes, workshops, kids summer camps, tours with paleontologists and so much more. So if you find yourself in the Salt Lake City area, I definitely recommend the Museum on your stop. GO and check out their website HERE for more info on all the things this amazing place offers.

Are you a history buff? Are there any Museums you absolutely love, or when was the last time you went to one?

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