Hutchings Museum Institute – Lehi, Utah - Atlas Obscura

Hutchings Museum Institute

The extensive collection of an amateur naturalist. 


In 1955, the town of Lehi, Utah acquired the extensive collection of local amateur naturalist John Hutchings and put it on display in the town’s decaying WWI Veterans Memorial building.

One room houses Hutchings’s mineral collection, another his bird eggs and taxidermy. Elsewhere in the small museum there are dinosaur fossils, arrowheads, and Tahitian dresses. Over time, as Lehi residents have donated their own curious artifacts to the museum, its collection has grown outward in strange directions. One wall hosts a large display of toy fire trucks.

Know Before You Go

Coming from I-15, take exit 279. Go west on Main Street about a mile until you reach Center Street. The museum is one block north.

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