After a long drive to Lehi, courtesy of I-15 construction, and a quick errand we found our way to the John Hutchings Natural History Museum. The last time I visited the museum was on an elementary school field trip so I wasn't sure what to expect. The museum exceeded my expectations.
|Tracer in front of the museum|
The museum is very inviting and kid friendly and well worth the price of admission - $4 for adults and $3 for children. There are thirteen different displays so there is a little but of something for everyone. Having an inquisitive five year old with me made the trip fun. Even though I probably missed about 40 percent of the items on display, his wonder and excitement were contagious.
|Checking out the Caterpillars in the Butterfly and Insect Hall.|
|Petting an Armadillo shell as we walk into the Bird and Egg Room|
|Comparing his hand to an Allisaurus Claw in the Fossil and Shell Room.|
|With a Camarasaurus bone.|
|In the Pioneer Room. He wouldn't go in the cave because there was not a "Hands On" sign.|
|Grinding corn (above) and tapping out a beat on a drum (below) in the Native American Room.|
In the Wild West Room, I met an interesting man who was looking at the Porter Rockwell* exhibit. I took a picture of him next to the exhibit and will mail it to him but did not get his permission to post. The man studies all things Porter Rockwell related and owns the brand Porter Rockwell used for branding his horses. In a twenty minute conversation, I learned quite a bit about Porter Rockwell, more than what was depicted in the display.
I couldn't have asked for a better experience. I have been to larger, more expensive, and fancier museums but this one is high on my list of favorites. I would love to visit again. To the readers in Utah, I highly recommend taking the kids. You can find directions and more information at HERE.
As we were leaving Trace exclaimed "This is the best day ever!"
* Porter Rockwell is a colorful and controversial character in the history of the West and the LDS church. He was characterized as a gun-man and religious zealot. He was reputed to be the Mormon "Destroying Angel". He was a lawman and bodyguard to Brigham Young. He operated the "Hot Springs Brewery Hotel" (http://porterrockwellutah.com/). He is a legend in LDS history and the history of the West.