SALT LAKE CITY -- There's only one week left to see the Utah Museum of Natural History exhibits in the old George Thomas building.
After more than 40 years -- and collecting more than 2 million artifacts -- the museum has outgrown the old building and is moving to the new Rio Tinto Center on the Shoreline Trail, between the University of Utah and Hogle Zoo.
The museum is open 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 31, on the University of Utah campus at 1390 E. Presidents Circle, Salt Lake City. Admission is $5 for adults, $3.50 for youth ages 3-17 and seniors age 65 and older. Children under 3 get in for free.
The museum goes out with a bang, celebrating the new year and new museum building. A Noon Year's Eve party, held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 31, features hands-on activities, live music and prizes. At 11 a.m., kids can meet a Utahceratops puppet. A celebratory countdown to noon includes noisemakers and silly hats.
The new building and exhibits are expected to open in the fall of 2011. The museum will continue to host off-campus events during the move, such as Science Movie Nights at the Salt Lake City Main Library, and the "Nature of Things" lecture series at the Salt Lake City Main Library and Kingsbury Hall. Camps for kids will still be held in the old museum building.
For more information, call 801-581-6927.