The new home for the Natural History Museum of Utah, the Rio Tinto Center, is located at the base of the foothills in the University’s Research Park, adjacent to Red Butte Garden Arboretum. The facility houses exhibits, public meeting space, collections, research space for scientific disciplines related to natural history, and administrative spaces. The project is approximately 163,000 square feet, distributed in a series of bars, which respond to the natural topography. The exterior of the building is clad in panels of copper and copper alloys from Rio Tinto Kennecott's Bingham Canyon Mine in the Salt Lake Valley. The new museum opened in November 2011 and was made possible through a remarkable public/private partnership.
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