by Sarah J.F. Braley | November 16, 2011

The Natural History Museum of Utah at the University of Utah reopens Friday in a new building overlooking Salt Lake City. The 163,000-square-foot Rio Tinto Center houses the museum's 1.2 million specimens and objects. More than 41,300 square feet of gallery and education space features exhibits from the Great Basin and the Colorado Plateau, as well as nine themed exhibitions: Sky, Native Voices, Life, Land, First Peoples, Lake (Great Salt Lake), Past Worlds, Our Backyard and Utah's Futures. The facility has a number of rooms with great views for events, including the Canyon, which seats 375 for a dinner and holds 700 for a reception.