Church History Museum, Salt Lake City

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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 a rally great place for history. It is a wonderful museum. Great place to take children. Wonderful Spirit felt there.  more »
  • I did this Museum solo, but it had so many fun interactive activities for kids to make and do. They had art project for kids to make and take home, pioneer games to play. This is not a quite fuddy-dud...  more »
  • The Church History Museum is beyond description. I enjoyed my trip here immensely. If you want to learn more about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the history I recommend you visit...  more »
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  • They've completely redone the museum since I last went years ago. It is much more interactive now. The exhibits are geared towards ages 6 or 7 and up. Our active 4 year old was pretty bored, but we didn't go in with great expectations about the entertainment value for him. My 6 and 7 year old enjoyed the interactive exhibits on the first floor, but were less interested in the less interactive exhibits about the latter-day prophets on the second floor. We also appreciated that the exhibits now depict more accurately the history of the coming forth and translation of the Book of Mormon.
  • I have been here many times and I am always surprised by how it callers my attention. They have done some recent upgrades to the exhibits and they are interactive and fun. My nephews loved the hands on exhibits. Allow yourself some time to go through the museum. There are several floors to see. The missionaries are very attentive and helpful.
  • Amazing exhibits for the whole family. The exhibits are very interactive and informative. Watch for art and craft events for children (held on the second floor). My favorite part was the panoramic theater detailing the First Vision (events related to the founding of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Admission is free, including the theater, arts and crafts, and the exhibits. This is a fun place to learn about the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and of the mass immigration of pioneers to the Salt Lake Valley
  • My wife and I came here prior to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert. We came early to beat traffic so we had a good 2 hours to spend looking at the gift shop and seeing the artifacts and other things at the museum. The gift shop is surprisingly expensive, but they have some really neat stuff to look at. We really enjoyed the museum and would love to come back for a longer visit. We didn't spend the whole 2 hours, probably only about an hour. We easily could've spent 3 or 4 hours looking at everything. Some really interesting things to look at that help bring history to life and help you visualize it.
  • The Museum was full of a lot of fun, interactive, and insightful things! There is so much to learn and to appreciate. They have loads of interesting little artifacts. Kids would have fun with all of the big touch screen videos and interactive maps and such.

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