Museum of Church History and Art
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.