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Current Exhibits

Annual Photography Show

Third Floor 

COMING SOON: March 29 - April 30 will be our annual photography show. Submissions will be received on Saturday, March 24th.
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Exhibit Videos with Matt Meese

Available Online 

Use these videos to get a closer look at the animals and exhibits before, during, or after your visit to the museum.
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Our Living Planet

East Center Atrium: Main Floor 

This exhibit looks at the unique characteristics of planet Earth and how those characteristics sustain life on earth. It features the world’s largest, most accurate, fiberglass globe with the most current NASA Satellite images.
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Protect Your Planet

West Center Atrium 

This exhibit features threatened, endangered, and extinct life forms and some of the causes for their struggle to survive. It also includes the full mount elephant that previous visitors will remember fondly as well as a specimen of the extinct passenger pigeon.
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Our Sacred Stewardship

North Hallway 

This exhibit teaches the inspired doctrine that defines our stewardship responsibilities related to the care and keeping of the earth and its sacred resources. It also features a video based on interviews with faculty members from across campus explaining and testifying about why earth stewardship is so vitally important.
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Life on Top: Apex Predators

East Atrium: Second Floor 

This exhibit features spectacular animal scenes gifted to the museum by George Brimhall. Visitors will explore the importance and characteristics of predators as they observe scenes displaying interactions between predators and their prey.
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Life Submerged: Marine and Freshwater

West Wall of West Center Atrium 

This exhibit depicts both freshwater and marine ecosystems, highlighting a coral reef and a deep-sea thermal vent as well as a cross section through a river exploring “what you see” and “ what you don’t see.”
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North Wall of West Center Atrium 

This 2-dimensional exhibit focuses on basic, biological concepts that demonstrate how everything on our planet is connected. This exhibit is interactive with QR codes and will be updated regularly with new and exciting examples of life connections.
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Because of Plants

South Wall of West Center Atrium 

This 2-dimensional exhibit highlights the many critical roles plants play in supporting life on earth. From the food we eat to the air we breathe!
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Why Insects?

South Alcove 

Test your knowledge of insects. Do they have 6 or 8 legs? See our famous butterfly made of butterflies. See how they eat and examine them up close with our SEM photographs.
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Into Africa: Exploring Nature's Interactions

North Alcove 

Explore a variety of habitats and learn about some of the interesting interactions among Africa's wildlife.
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Whooo Lives Here?

West Side Alcove 

This toddler play area teaches children about animal homes.
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Fred and Sue Morris Bird Gallery

West Center Gallery 

This collection features the waterfowl and pheasants of the world, donated by Fred and Sue Morris and includes more than 100 different kinds of birds. This exhibit will highlight some of the interesting adaptations seen in the world of birds.
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Boyd K. Packer Gallery

East Center Gallery 

This exhibit honors President Boyd K. Packer and features his wildlife art including animal carvings and paintings.
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