This world-class museum features a host of innovative exhibits interpreting the natural and human history of the High Desert, a region that includes portions of eight western states and one Canadian province. Start inside the museum with a walk through the Hall of Exploration and Settlement, a set of eight dioramas, complete with sound effects, that depict the human relationship with this desert region.
Then head for the Desertarium, a series of live animal exhibits including both natural and artificially created environments. Here you will find lizards, snakes, cutthroat trout, burrowing owls, pallid bats, kangaroo rats, barn owls, and other denizens of the desert. Museum volunteers are available to answer questions, and they often have a snake, owl, or other critter with them, giving visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal.
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