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Discover Utah’s Science Museums and Centers

Whether you are interested in exploring the mysteries of the universe, learning more about robotics or discovering fascinating facts about the earth’s natural history, you can do it here in Utah.

One of Utah’s most popular science attractions is the Clark Planetarium in Salt Lake City. The facility is filled with interactive exhibits, including those highlighting meteorites, eclipses, black holes and ATK’s NASA Space Launch System, among others. Their impressive theaters help bring the universe to life for you and your family. You can also attend one of the public nights at Willard L. Eccles Observatory to lend a whole new perspective to your city stargazing.

Discovery Gateway is also in Salt Lake City, and it strives to engage kids through interactive and hands-on exhibits and experiments. While many of the exhibits are touring, The Garden, the STEAM Lab, and the Sensory Room are always open.

If geology and natural history grab your imagination, a trip to Vernal’s Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum is a must. The Museum provides a real opportunity to learn more about the geologic history of the earth through hands-on activities. You can even dig for fossils and explore their dinosaur garden.

Clark Planetarium

Established in 2003, the Clark Planetarium is set in downtown Salt Lake City in the Gateway District. Clark is home to the ATK IMAX Theater and Hansen Dome Theater – the nation’s first "pitless" digital dome as a planetarium.

Replacing the historic Old Hansen Planetarium, the Clark Planetarium also includes a 10,000-square-foot science exhibit area. Permanent displays include Science on a Sphere, Newton’s Daydream, and more – all in northern Utah.

Discovery Gateway

Exploring science, art, and the humanities, Discovery Gateway is located in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. Originally known as the Childrens Museum of Utah, all of the museum’s exhibits, many hands-on and interactive, focus on kids.

The museum hosts permanent and traveling exhibits from around the nation. Previous exhibits included Robots: The Interactive Exhibition and Sesame Street Presents: The Body, while Kid's Eye View and Story Factory are popular permanent draws.