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11/17/11: A New Home for Natural History

The Collections Wall is one of the first exhibitions visitors see at the Natural History Museum of Utah at the Rio Tinto Center. Jeff Goldberg/Esto for Ennead Architects.

By Doug Fabrizio

11/17/11: A New Home for Natural History

Salt Lake City, Utah – There's a stereotype of museums as somber vaults designed to protect the objects they hold. But renowned exhibit designer Ralph Appelbaum sees a museum as a place for an emotional experience that gives visitors a visceral connection to their world. Appelbaum created the exhibits for the new Natural History Museum of Utah and Thursday, he and others join Doug to talk about how the character of museums has evolved over time and about what people may experience at Utah's newest home for discovery.

  • Natural History Museum of Utah opens to the public on Friday, November 18, though reservations for opening day are now full. For information on planning a visit to the Museum, click here
  • Listen to KUER News Director Terry Gildea's sneak peek into the new museum.

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