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For most people, the word “museum” is virtually synonymous with art and history. However, Utah's newest museum, The Leonardo, has a totally different focus: science, technology... and art. At once a museum and active community center, The Leonardo aims to bring creativity and innovation to Salt Lake City's public by integrating a broad – yet very connected – selection of contemporary topics. Reaching out to adults and children alike, the museum engages visitors with ever-changing exhibits and interactive labs. Whether you're into science, philosophy, or art, you'll find these topics all connected in these unified offerings.
Opened in late 2011, the museum itself stands just a few blocks south of downtown proper. If you pop in during they day, you might see civil rights activist photography or holotypes of algae. Beyond the “normal” displays and exhibits, the museum offers a large number and diverse selection of community events, guest lectures and workshops for all ages. Youth can participate in programs like robot building, or any of the many summer camps. Adults can sit in for after-hours lectures on sports science, industry and government.
If you're interested in getting involved with any of the museum's programs, check their blog for upcoming events.