The Museum of Church History tells the story of Salt Lake City and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). Learn about the history of the Mormon Church and the first pioneers who arrived in Salt Lake City on foot, pushing handcarts. The free museum features a large permanent collection of art, documents, artifacts, photographs, apparel and furniture. It’s located in the heart of Salt Lake City.
The museum was founded in 1984. Opt to join a free guided tour, run throughout the day by volunteers. The hands-on Pre-Trek Tour teaches younger visitors about the LDS handcart pioneers. The Living History Program is another engaging way to learn about the church’s pioneering past. Volunteers host special presentations about blacksmithing, printing, butter churning, tin smithing, rag-doll making and storytelling.
You can also choose to explore the exhibits without a guide, browsing at your own pace. Changing exhibits and temporary displays touch on a variety of themes relating to the church’s teachings. Each year, LDS artists submit artwork that ties in with a gospel theme. Winning entries are displayed in the museum and show a modern-day take on religion.
Visit the museum store to buy art prints, books, collectables and music.
While in the area, stop by the Deuel Log Home, nestled between the Church History Museum and the Family History Library. This small wooden house was built by Mormon pioneers when they first arrived in the valley. It has been restored using authentic materials and furniture. The 1847 home is one of only two remaining SLC pioneer homes. Take a guided tour to learn about the Deuel family and the hardships they faced in the days of pioneering.
The Church History Museum west of Temple Square is open daily and on weeknights. The store is closed on Sundays. Tours must be scheduled two weeks in advance.
On-street parking is free for two hours on Saturdays and all day on Sundays. Consider taking public transport during business hours. There’s a TRAX station just half a block to the south of the museum.
Convenient to shopping and cultural attractions, this centrally located Salt Lake City hotel is 1 mile from Temple Square, 3 miles from the University of Utah, and 7.5 miles from the Salt Lake City airport.
Located across from the Salt Palace Convention Center, this hotel is within walking distance of the Family History Library and Temple Square.
This newly renovated chic downtown Salt Lake City hotel is in a historic building, across from the 1913 Capitol Theatre, and a half-block from Salt Palace Convention Center. The Mormon Temple and Energy Solutions Arena are nearby.
This downtown Salt Lake City hotel is adjacent to the Salt Palace Convention Center, across from the Energy Solutions Arena, and within 2 blocks of Temple Square, The Gateway open-air shopping center and City Creek Center.
Located in Downtown Salt Lake City, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Clark Planetarium, and Tabernacle. The Gateway and Salt Lake Temple are also within 1 mi (2 km).
The hotel is right beside Gateway Mall, which is packed with dining and shopping options. EnergySolutions Arena is just around the corner, and it's a 3-minute cab ride to see Latter Day Saints landmarks at Temple Square. North Temple Bridge/Guadalupe Light Railway Station is a 3-minute walk.
Across from the Salt Palace Convention Center, the Salt Lake Marriott offers a premiere downtown city location within 2 blocks of Temple Square, Abravanel Concert Hall, and EnergySolutions Arena.