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Pioneer Memorial Museum, Salt Lake City

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  • Went to visit this museum. We are new to the area and enjoy thing like that. Plan on a couple of hours to see everything! There is a lot to see here. The artifacts are housed in 2, multi-level buildin...  more »
  • From furniture owned by Joseph Smith to a piano that was buried on the plains to preserve it to carriages to a two-headed goat to musical instruments from the 1800s, this museum has it. It's kind of l...  more »
  • This museum is next to the Utah State Capitol. Its a great place to see lots of pioneer artifacts. I think it is the largest I have ever seen of its kind. It is free (with a donation box on site). Thi...  more »
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  • This is the best museum I have ever been to. The sheer volume of antiques, relics, and photos make you feel like you've taken a time machine to the 1850's, and every item tells a fascinating story. If you are descended from pioneers, odds are you'll find your ancestors somewhere in the building. I found two of my own. There's even a scavenger hunt for kids, so the whole family can enjoy it. Loved it! :)
  • I visited this museum on a field trip when I was in elementary school and could hardly remember it. Lately, my husband and I have been super into finding our ancestors and learning their stores. We decided it was time to visit this museum. It has free admission as well. The museum was easy enough to find, but we weren't sure where to park. We didn't see a parking lot, so we parked on a nearby street for 2 hour parking. Later, when walking out, we saw a small parking lot with around 5-7 parking spaces directly north of the museum, FYI. You get to it from the road directly east of the museum (turn into what looks like an alley and it will open up to the small parking lot). We walked around to the front or south side of the building, and noticed the ramp for strollers/wheelchairs was on the west side. My husband decided he just wanted to carry the stroller up the stairs instead of walk clear around the building for the ramp. The front doors are pretty narrow. Our stroller barely fit. I didn't see a wheelchair/handicap button to push. We entered and were greeted by two friendly women sitting behind the front desk area. One of the ladies gave us a map of the museum, explained it to us, and asked if we were looking for anything in particular. They had a free coloring book for Pioneer Days and a free Days of '47 newspaper activity thing which we took. We walked into the first room of the museum and noticed it was jam-packed full of stuff. Pictures of pioneers are all over the walls covering every inch of the museum. There are different glass cases with lots of pioneer clothing, blankets, hats, weapons, tools and a lot more in them. Every item in the glass exhibit cases is labeled with a little piece of paper in front of it, and most included names of who the artifact belonged to. While we were in the first room, another woman came in and asked if we needed help finding anything. We started talking to her, and she brought out a binder that had names of which pioneers are pictured on the walls. We looked up two ancestors in the binder and she gave us directions where to find the pictures. It was difficult to find the elevator and bathrooms, and to find our way around. They could use some helpful signage. We were able to find some pictures of our ancestors and some other neat things like John Moyle's wooden leg (a famous pioneer who walked 20 miles each week with a wooden leg to Salt Lake City from Alpine to work on the Salt Lake Temple). This museum is so rich with pioneer heritage. It honestly was overwhelming how much stuff they have in there. Definitely a great place to learn more about pioneers if you have some time. We spent an hour or two inside and could have spent weeks with how many things they have to see. We had a great experience here.
  • So much history in one place! My wife and I stopped by to tour the museum before heading over to the Capitol Building. We were shocked to see just how many artifacts were here, even overwhelmed. I would like to have searched for artifacts that belonged to my own ancestors but it sounds like the DUP don't have a searchable database.
  • Unbelievable collection. Hghlights include the snowshoes of Jim Bridger, a buffalo robe, and a leather mask worn by a Swedish immigrant to use as she crossed the desert to Salt Lake. The thing I like most about this museum is everything is authentic, like a museum should be----no kids games, no holograms, no bells and whistles. The only criticism I have is that the descriptions on the objects are either very short or non-existent. And it's generally disorganized , it would be better if they pulled some of the better exhibits and give them a proper highlight rather than just kind of throw everything together.
  • Very big (3 floors), full of interesting artefacts and traditional tools and you can observe everything through cristal clear glass.