Natural History Museum of Utah • The shiny copper edifice of the new Rio Tinto Center allows the Natural History Museum of Utah to breathe and lets curators create a vivid walk-through depiction of life in the Salt Lake Valley through the past few epochs. Interactive exhibits allow museumgoers to imagine the region's future as well as its past, while the animal exhibits show what happens when a museum's experts excavate their old basement.
Utah Museum of Fine Arts • (See Editors' Choice.)
Brigham Young Museum of Art • Don't let BYU's squeaky-clean image fool you: This Provo museum is thoroughly modern. Recent exhibits have featured Pop Art stars such as Andy Warhol, the industrial landscapes of photographer Edward Burtynsky (now on display) and examinations of monsters and superheroes in culture.