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Church History Museum, Salt Lake City

(4.7/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web)
The Church History Museum is the premier museum operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). It is located in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is opposite the west gates of the church's Temple Square. Until November 2008, it was called the Museum of Church History and Art. The museum closed in October 2014 for a year-long refurbishment and remodeling of the first-floor exhibits; it is expected to reopen in the fall of 2015.Programs and featuresThe museum contains collections of art, artifacts, documents, photographs, tools, clothing and furniture from the almost two-century history of the LDS Church.International Art CompetitionThe Church History Museum also initiated and hosts an "International Art Competition", usually once every three years, where LDS and affiliated artists worldwide submit works of art in assorted mediums around specific church and gospel themes.Volunteer workforceOutside of the curators, administrative and other staff, tours of the museum's exhibits and many of the museum programs are conducted by a large volunteer workforce of Latter-day Saints from the surrounding communities who begin serving in the museum on a rotational basis following a 16 consecutive week training.Museum storeThe Museum Store was founded along with the museum to support the many exhibits and programs. Over 200 works of reproduced art have been made available to the general public from the Museum's and Church's extensive collections by prominent historical LDS artists such as C. C. A. Christensen, John Hafen, and Minerva Teichert, in addition to contemporary LDS artists such as Clark Kelly Price, Walter Rane, Robert Barrett, Harry Anderson, and Arnold Friberg. The Store also sells historical toys, literature, statuary, and pioneer-era clothing, such as bonnets.
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  • This definitely promotes the church's version of history, but it's a very good museum with great artifacts and interactive exhibits. I recommend an 45-60 minutes to go through it if you want to read e...  more »
  • I read a review by Maggi H on TripAdvisor, and it was really negative. Since I live just north of Salt Lake City, and my kids were out of school for the day, I decided to check it out for myself. I'm ...  more »
  • The renovations are great! What an improvement. The volunteers are great to talk to. Activities for the young and old.  more »
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  • Years ago I went on a church history tour, this really does an amazing job pulling in all those sites and making it available in the best way possible. The combination of technology and historical artifacts make it entertaining, educational and fun. Our 4 kids loved it!
  • Great place to spend time and learn a little about the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Those who work within are very knowledgeable about the exhibits (which are really cool and interesting). They also have a new 180-degree screen that shows you a depiction of how the church was started with Joseph Smith speaking to God and Jesus Christ. Pretty neat experience for anyone.
  • We visited here during a recent visit to SLC and we very pleasantly surprised by this museum. We went with 2 little ones and there was enough there to hold their interest without the constant choruses of "can we go?" There was a lot of information and the exhibits were all very well done. The kids also enjoyed the final stop of the museum where there were a number of crafts and activities for big and little ones alike to enjoy. We could have spent much more time there but only had about an hour and enjoyed it thoroughly. Highly recommend this if you are in the area.
  • They are working on upgrades, which are turning out well. The new church fil. There is a great new take on Joseph Smith, incorporating additional perspective and the cinematic experience it offers is really amazing.
  • New, clean, inspiring. And it's free! The First Vision Theater was the highlight - it's a moving personal experience as well as a technological marvel.