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Church History Museum, Salt Lake City

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4.6/5 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 museum is updated and very friendly to both kids and history-seeking adults. Don't miss the short film playing on the main floor. The changing art exhibit on a higher floor is worth spending some...  read more »
  • very pretty Museum see no easier to find good explanations of many rooms always this impression of calm that is felt in many places in salt lake city
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  • I loved the paintings. I've had several ethereal dreams, which I found similarities within some of the beautiful artwork. The history lesson is engaging and well represented as well. 
  • 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.
  • Loved it. Great to have some kids things scattered around to keep the littles occupied while the rest of us try to see the rest. And of course they enjoyed the dedicated kids room too. The wrap around screen presentation of the first vision was incredible. I liked the rest of it too ... But sometime I need to come without little people and spend hours so that I can actually read everything I want to.
  • Recently remodeled and the new exhibits are amazing! Very high tech and interactive. You MUST see the short film of Joseph Smith's First Vision with the 220 degree movie screen that surrounds you so you feel like you are there! It's an incredible experience!
  • History starts here. If you are in SLC and you are a tourist, you should visit this place. Very educational and larger than I expected. Great gift shop with both inexpensive items and something very special. This museum is well worth the visit.
  • Nice and lit. It Tells The Story well! Very busy. Watch the Movie in the Theatre with the wrap around screen, AWESOME! I did not know that technology exists. Well worth the 10 minutes. You have to have a ticket.
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