Water|Ways Exhibition

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#ThinkWaterUtah #MyWaterStory

Water is an essential component of life on our planet – environmentally, culturally, and historically. What role does water play in your life? Think about your water/ways...

Water|Ways is a traveling exhibition created by the Smithsonian Institution. Utah Humanities is touring the exhibition to five communities around Utah in 2020-2021. Visit Water|Ways and enjoy local companion exhibitions and programming in Green River, Sevier, Kanab, Park City, and the Bear River Heritage Area!

For more information, contact Megan van Frank at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 801.359.9670 x110. 

Utah Tour Details 


What's Your Water Story?

Water is life. It forms our world and our lives. It allows us to travel; it blocks our paths. It is crucial in determining where we live and work and what we eat and drink. It is an essential natural resource that people struggle to access and control. Water shapes human culture – our ways of life.

What does water mean to you? Think about your water/ways...

Highline Trail, Uinta Mountains, Utah. Image courtesy J. HIggins

"In the Southwest we tend to think our water scarcity challenges are unique. It was valuable to learn through the exhibition about how parts of the country with much more precipitation and surface water face shortages."  – Exhibition Visitor


Visit Water|Ways and participate in great local activities!


Special thanks to the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, our statewide partner providing education outreach programming and training at each tour location.


As part of the exhibition tour, listen to a new #ThinkWaterUtah story each week on The Beehive Archive. Tune in on KCPW and Utah Public Radio, or stream the whole collection at our Utah Stories from the Beehive Archive website.



Water|Ways has been made possible in Utah by Utah Humanities. Water|Ways is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.

Water|Ways was adapted from an exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History (New York) and the Science Museum of Minnesota (St. Paul), in collaboration with Great Lakes Science Center (Cleveland), Field Museum (Chicago), Instituto Sangari (Sao Paulo), National Museum of Australia (Canberra), Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto), San Diego Natural History Museum, and Science Centre Singapore.

The Utah tour of Water|Ways  is presented by Utah Humanities in partnership with local exhibition hosts: John Wesley Powell River History Museum, Fremont Indian State Park Museum with Snow College Library - Richfield, Kanab Heritage House with Kanab Heritage Museum, Swaner Preserve & EcoCenter, and the Bear River Heritage Area in partnership with the Hyrum City Museum.  

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Many thanks to our vital partners and generous funders for their support of Water|Ways. 

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