Museum to Hold "What's in the Basement?" Day

Museum to Hold "What's in the Basement?" Day

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(KSL News) -- "What's in the Basement?" is the biggest day of the year for the Utah Museum of Natural History.

It is an opportunity for the public to see everything the museum has in its collections, which are so numerous that the museum does not have room to exhibit it all in is regular exhibit space. In fact, 99 percent, or about one million, of the museum's collection objects are in storage.

The theme of this year's "What's in the Basement?" is "firsts." Not only can people see stored collections for the first time but we will also have on display for the first time a full skeletal layout of the actual bones of Falcarius utahensis, a unique dinosaur whose remains from southeastern Utah were unveiled earlier this year. This dinosaur shows characteristics of the evolutionary transition from a meating-eatin to a plant-eating dinosaur.

This is the one day of the year that the public can see it all. Experts will be on hand in each storage area to answer any questions people might have about our collections and any particular objects in them.

There will also be games for kids.

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