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Church History Museum The Church History Museum features compelling artifacts, striking artwork, and engaging events that bring the story of the Latter-day Saints to life.
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"And he spake unto me, saying, … ‘Behold, I am the Lord of glory. I was crucified for the world, that all those who beli...
02/16/2020

"And he spake unto me, saying, … ‘Behold, I am the Lord of glory. I was crucified for the world, that all those who believe on my name may have eternal life.’” —Joseph Smith, First Vision account, circa summer 1832

Artwork: “First Vision,” by Ted Henninger, United States, 1975

View more from this exhibit: http://bit.ly/2ix4AUp

We hope you enjoy this new, kid-friendly exhibit!
02/15/2020

We hope you enjoy this new, kid-friendly exhibit!

The exhibit, “Temples Dot the Earth: Building the House of the Lord,” designed to educate and engage children, opens Thursday, Feb. 13, and will likely remain on display for the next four years, according to a Church History Museum news release.

“The timing of the opening of this exhibit is indeed fortuitous,” said Ray Halls, museum educator and planning team member. “We didn’t realize when we began planning some three years ago, that the Salt Lake Temple would be closed ... how wonderful it is that this exhibition is open to all during a time when the temple itself is resting and not accessible.”

The interactive children’s exhibit features hands-on activities, colorful graphics, artwork and historical artifacts designed to educate and answer questions about the temple.

Read more about the exhibit here: http://bit.ly/31Mshjf

#OTD in 1870, Seraph Young was the first woman known to cast a ballot in the February 14, 1870, Salt Lake City municipal...
02/14/2020

#OTD in 1870, Seraph Young was the first woman known to cast a ballot in the February 14, 1870, Salt Lake City municipal election, making her the first woman with equal suffrage rights to legally vote in the United States!

Even though Wyoming had passed suffrage legislation before Utah, Wyoming women didn’t have the chance to vote until September 1870. Utah women were able to vote just two days after their suffrage legislation was signed on February 12, 1870.

Stop by the Church History Museum to learn more about Utah’s pioneering role in the woman suffrage movement!

Image: “Seraph Young Votes,” by David Koch, 2007
Image courtesy of the Capitol Preservation Board, Utah State Capitol Collection

We’re going live at 6:30 tonight! Join us as featured guest speakers share stories from the new “Saints” book and introd...
02/12/2020

We’re going live at 6:30 tonight! Join us as featured guest speakers share stories from the new “Saints” book and introduce the museum’s new exhibit!

On February 10, 1870, the Utah territorial legislation passed an act giving the vote to women. Two days later,—150 years...
02/12/2020
Women suffrage act, 1870

On February 10, 1870, the Utah territorial legislation passed an act giving the vote to women. Two days later,—150 years ago TODAY—Utah Governor S. A. Mann signed the act, making Utah the second territory (after Wyoming) to enfranchise women.

Stop by the Church History Museum to see a draft of the historic 1870 suffrage legislation in the “Sisters for Suffrage” exhibit!
Image: Woman Suffrage Act, 1870. This document captures an important moment in the suffrage movement. In red ink are written the words, “First sketch of a bill on Ladies Suffrage in Utah” (spelling standardized).

The core message is clear: “All women over the age of 18 years … shall be entitled to vote.”

Utah Territory Legislative Assembly papers, 1851-1872 / Nineteenth Session, 1870 / Women suffrage act, 1870

We’re going live tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. to get ready for our new exhibit and the release of “Saints”!With stories from th...
02/12/2020
Temples Dot the Earth: Building the House of the Lord

We’re going live tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. to get ready for our new exhibit and the release of “Saints”!

With stories from the new book and the museum’s new exhibit opening, join us for special presentations by Sister Nancy Dance, Primary General Board member; Jed Woodworth, managing historian of the “Saints” project; and Maryanne Andrus, exhibition and education supervisor.

Interactive Exhibit for Children

Celebrate Utah Women’s Suffrage Week with events honoring the 150th anniversary of Utah suffrage! Stop by the museum to ...
02/11/2020
Celebrating 150 Years of Women's Suffrage — Better Days 2020

Celebrate Utah Women’s Suffrage Week with events honoring the 150th anniversary of Utah suffrage! Stop by the museum to see the “Sisters for Suffrage: How Utah Women Won the Vote” exhibit.

See what else is happening here: https://www.betterdays2020.com/new-events/2020/1/21/celebrating-150-years-of-womens-suffrage?fbclid=IwAR28jMbF8WFSvPc3k0xGFnkzHKJiFnVCml87vNrHUp3VDZgdTwraXtcPKPM

Utah Women’s Suffrage Week February 10-15, 2020 Celebrate 150 Years!  On February 12, 1870, the Utah Territorial Legislature passed a women’s suffrage bill allowing women citizens over the age of 21 to vote. Two days later, on Valentine’s Day, school teacher Seraph Young cast a vote

Did you know more than 12,000 children came to the Salt Lake Temple for its dedication? In fact, a special dedication wa...
02/10/2020

Did you know more than 12,000 children came to the Salt Lake Temple for its dedication? In fact, a special dedication was held just for children—this group from the Sugar House Ward rode a train to get there!

Learn more about what you’ll read in volume 2 of “Saints” on our opening night, February 12, and check out our new exhibit opening the following day: http://bit.ly/2uMyXS1

Look what will be finished next week!February 13 we’re opening a new children’s exhibit on temples. Designed especially ...
02/04/2020
Temples Dot the Earth: Building the House of the Lord

Look what will be finished next week!

February 13 we’re opening a new children’s exhibit on temples.

Designed especially for children ages 1–11, this exhibit at the Church History Museum offers families a hands-on experience to discover temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around the world, inside and out.

Bring your family and enjoy several different stations celebrating temples worldwide!

Interactive Exhibit for Children

What do these two have in common? From temples to history, we’re going live on February 12 to highlight the new “Saints”...
01/29/2020

What do these two have in common? From temples to history, we’re going live on February 12 to highlight the new “Saints” book and our new children’s exhibit, “Temples Dot the Earth!”

12/08/2019
100th anniversary of the Laie Hawaii Temple

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Laie Hawaii Temple—the fifth temple built by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the first outside of Utah.

To celebrate the temple’s centennial, the Church History Museum had an "Evenings at the Museum" program featuring Church History Department historian and archivist, Clinton D. Christensen.

We hope you enjoy the many faith-promoting accounts regarding how the temple came to be!

Huge "Thank you" to Jean B. Bingham and Senator Deidre Henderson for their remarks at our grand opening—as well as all t...
11/25/2019
Church News

Huge "Thank you" to Jean B. Bingham and Senator Deidre Henderson for their remarks at our grand opening—as well as all those who participated at the event!

This display will be available through January 2021—perfect for those who will be strolling through the Temple Square lights and need somewhere to warm up!

Bring friends and family to learn more about the early saint's pioneering spirit, and how it carried over to politics!

A new exhibit at the Church History Museum shares the story of how Utah women were the first in the United States to win the right to vote. Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society general president, spoke during the opening event.

11/22/2019
Sisters for Suffrage—How Utah Women Won the Vote!

Many communities in present-day Utah were settled by pioneers—people who blazed trails across the United States in search of religious freedom.

Learn how their pioneering spirit carried over into politics!

We’re so pleased to have Jean B. Bingham and Senator Deidre Henderson as our guest speakers at the grand opening of our ...
11/19/2019

We’re so pleased to have Jean B. Bingham and Senator Deidre Henderson as our guest speakers at the grand opening of our new exhibit, “Sisters for Suffrage: How Utah Women Won the Vote” on November 21!

For those unable to attend we will be going LIVE at 6:30 p.m. Tune in for a great presentation regarding the inspiring stories of Latter-day Saint women who organized, secured, and defended women’s rights in Utah and across the nation!

For those able to attend, bring your family and friends to experience intriguing historical artifacts, interactive kiosks, and hands-on activities!

We’re thrilled to announce the grand opening on November 21st of our new exhibit, “Sisters for Suffrage: How Utah Women ...
11/16/2019
Sisters for Suffrage

We’re thrilled to announce the grand opening on November 21st of our new exhibit, “Sisters for Suffrage: How Utah Women Won the Vote”!

Intriguing historical artifacts, interactive kiosks, and hands-on activities for children make this exhibit an engaging experience for visitors of all ages.

An opening reception will be held on Thursday, November 21, 2019, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m, with special guest speaker, Jean B. Bingham.

Come and learn the inspiring stories of Latter-day Saint women who organized to secure and defend women’s rights in Utah and across the nation!

Celebrating 150 years since Utah women became the first in the nation to vote under an equal suffrage law, this exhibition highlights the pioneering role of the Relief Society in the local and national woman suffrage movements.

10/23/2019
Temple Square

Come check us out!

Did you know Brigham Young wore sunglasses? It's true. They are displayed at the Church History Museum. Watch this video to learn more. #TempleSquare

Today is the last day to check out this exhibit! Bring family and friends tonight for FHE to see these amazing works of ...
10/07/2019

Today is the last day to check out this exhibit! Bring family and friends tonight for FHE to see these amazing works of art!

If you happen to be in SLC this weekend, perhaps attending Conference, or just visiting the city, you still have a chance to pop over to the Church History Museum to catch the last weekend of the International Art Competition Exhibition which will come down on Monday!😱All good things must come to an end😢, but a 7 month run was a good long run.😊 My piece “Living Waters” (Pool of Bethesda) is on display. Catch the stunning show while you can! #internationalartcompetition #churchhistorymuseum @churchhistorymuseum #livingwaters #purchaseaward #rosedatocdall #ldsart #devotionalart #religiousart #art #fineart #oilpainting #figurativeart #oiloncanvas #figurativepainting #painting #poolofbethesda #museumexhibition #museumexhibit Rose Datoc Dall

Said President Joseph F. Smith, “Our fathers and mothers, brothers, sisters and friends who have passed away from this e...
09/30/2019

Said President Joseph F. Smith, “Our fathers and mothers, brothers, sisters and friends who have passed away from this earth . . . may have a mission given them to visit their relatives and friends upon the earth again, bringing from the divine Presence messages of love.”

Upon hearing tragic stories of those who have lost their mothers and the hopeless grief and heartbreak that follows the loss, Hunlow made the sculpture, "Angel Mother."

While devastating grief is profound and lasting for those left behind, the artist sought to visually “proclaim the promise that [their lost mothers] will be there in times of need.” We are not left alone. “The sacred veil is often thin and wraps around them in love,” said Hunlow.

Stop by the museum to see this piece on display!

Artwork: "Angel Mother," Jacki L. Hunlow
United States | Cast bronze

LDS Business College
09/24/2019

LDS Business College

Have you ever wondered what fun things you can do in Utah? There are a lot of places to visit not far from LDS Business College. Each Saturday we will post a new place for you to explore. Pack your lunch, gather your friends and let's #ExploreUtah !

Our first location is just a 10 minute walk from the school! The Church History Museum is a great place to visit with friends, take a break from your studies, learn the history of the Church and draw nearer to the Spirit. Did we mention it's free?

Check it out and share your experience in the comments!
Thabata Freitas

09/05/2019
11th international "Visitors' Choice" award winners

Votes are in! Thanks to voters like you, these six paintings were selected as the audience favorites of our 11th International Art Competition. They each received the "Visitors' Choice" award!

October 7th is the last day to see our "Meditations on Belief" exhibit.

Come see these works of art—and all of our other amazing entries from around the world—in person!

Winners:
"Ask Of God," by Janna Siebert
"Coming Full Circle," by Jenedy Paige
"Harvest at Hand," by Jacob Richard Chestnut
"Pondering God’s Promise," by Courtney Vander Veur Matz
"Meditation," by Erik Claudius Jensen
"Finisher of Faith," by J. Alan Barrett

The Beehive House, Brigham Young’s historic home in downtown Salt Lake City, is recruiting individuals who would like to...
08/15/2019

The Beehive House, Brigham Young’s historic home in downtown Salt Lake City, is recruiting individuals who would like to serve as part-time tour guides.

Guides are trained in historic home interpretation techniques and conduct 30-minute tours for walk-in guests from around the world.

The tour highlights the original Brigham Young artifacts in the home and the story of his role as a prophet, governor, and father.

Tour guides are called as Church Service Missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and are expected to serve at least one and preferably two four-hour shifts per week, including a once-a-month Saturday assignment.

All applicants must be in excellent health and able to stand for up to four hours at a time and easily climb narrow stairs.

Individuals interested in serving at the Beehive House should apply for an interview as soon as possible to be considered for the next training class which begins on August 21, 2019.

To apply, call 801-240-3584, or send an e-mail to [email protected].

However, recruitment for Beehive House tour guides is ongoing, and interested individuals can apply or call for information at any time.

Your vote counts! Come to the museum before August 18, 2019, to vote for your two favorite art pieces in the 11th Intern...
08/09/2019

Your vote counts! Come to the museum before August 18, 2019, to vote for your two favorite art pieces in the 11th International Art Competition exhibit.

Voting kiosks for the visitors’ choice awards are located in the exhibit galleries. The artists whose work receive the most votes will receive a monetary award. All art pieces are eligible for visitors’ choice awards, even if they also received a merit award or a purchase award. The last day to vote is Saturday, August 17, 2019!

Here’s just a sample—come see the rest in person!

“I see God's hand all around me, but most especially in woodlands and forests where I delight in the beauty of His handi...
08/09/2019

“I see God's hand all around me, but most especially in woodlands and forests where I delight in the beauty of His handiwork,” said Gallo. “Studying the landscape informs my work because it allows me to see and learn from God’s creations.” Glades End depicts an inlet stream she discovered while on a walk with her family near Seattle. Gallo is a convert who joined the Church while living in Milan, Italy. Her interest in landscape is rooted in a belief in God, who manifests His love in His creations.


Artwork: "Glades End," by Melissa Jane Gallo
Pastel on archival board

Bring your kids and see it in person!

Quick reminder that we’ll be closed tomorrow! But feel free to bring your restless kids in today for interactive display...
07/23/2019

Quick reminder that we’ll be closed tomorrow!

But feel free to bring your restless kids in today for interactive displays and more!

Stop by the museum tomorrow to celebrate the pioneers' arrival in Utah! With some good old-fashioned kick-up-your-heels ...
07/19/2019

Stop by the museum tomorrow to celebrate the pioneers' arrival in Utah!

With some good old-fashioned kick-up-your-heels dancing and music along with pioneer games, crafts, and trades, this is an experience for the whole family you won't want to miss!

Our "A Pioneer Fair and Bowery Dance" is coming up on Friday, July 19th! Celebrate the 1847 arrival of the early Saints ...
07/14/2019

Our "A Pioneer Fair and Bowery Dance" is coming up on Friday, July 19th!

Celebrate the 1847 arrival of the early Saints in the Salt Lake Valley with "pioneers" from the museum's living history program and a good old-fashioned kick-up-your-heels dance with musicians and dance callers from the Haywire Ranch String Band!

Enjoy pioneer games, crafts, trades, music, dancing, and fun for all ages!

Bring your friends!
07/11/2019

Bring your friends!

Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop
07/02/2019

Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop

Two years ago we built a unique project for the Church History Museum - a "wagon odometer". Since then it has been a big hit with visitors!
If you want to try out the odometer in person AND attend a fun event, mark Friday, July 19th on your calendar.

They will be hosting a Pioneer Fair and Bowery Dance from 5:00-9:00 p.m. There will be pioneer games, dancing, demonstrations, and treats. To learn more visit their website at: https://history.lds.org/article/church-museum-living-history-program?lang=eng&groupid=12936999639918361825-eng

Today marks the 175th anniversary of the martyrdom of Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum Smith.Bring your family this we...
06/27/2019

Today marks the 175th anniversary of the martyrdom of Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum Smith.

Bring your family this weekend to experience what many of the early saints went through, and to see the artifacts related to the martyrdom of the prophet and his brother.

The Paxventures
06/26/2019

The Paxventures

The Latter Day Saint Church History Museum is currently hosting their annual art exposition and it is so beautiful. Here are just some of my favorites with their titles and details.
#latterdaysaints #artexpo #churchhistory #ldschurchhistorymuseum @ Church History Museum

What does it mean to believe?When we asked artists to consider the theme—Meditations on Belief—and Psalms 77:11–12: “I w...
05/17/2019

What does it mean to believe?

When we asked artists to consider the theme—Meditations on Belief—and Psalms 77:11–12: “I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings,” a number of repeating ideas emerged.

From nature as a site of devotion for God and His creations, to Jesus Christ—His miracles, grace, and divinity, see how these artists depicted the wonders of Lord and the personal experience of belief
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This quilt was made from a damaged antique kimono worn by three generations of women at their wedding ceremonies—gifted to the artist by a close friend—and is bound in silk from a kimono obi the artist inherited from her mother. The quilt honors the women—their lives and tribulations—and, Covington said, is an “expression of the happiness I feel about the eternal family the temple makes possible.”

“The dots represent the spirits of [Covington’s] ancestors” and the eternal links that connect generations of the Lord’s children. The chrysanthemum, a symbolic flower of Japan, represents beauty. “The insects nestled among the flower’s petals represent [our] mortal existence . . . protected by our ancestors’ blessings,” said Covington.

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Artwork: “Touching The Hearts Of Many Generations,” by Kazuko Covington from Japan.
Made with Kimono silk, obi silk, cotton, organdy, silk thread, gold thread, and heat-bondable fiber.

Stop by the Museum to see more pieces like this!

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45 N West Temple
Salt Lake City, UT
84150

UTA Trax via Blue or Green lines. Stop: Temple Square (132 W. S. Temple). Museum is located 1/2 block north of Trax station.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 21:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 21:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 21:00
Thursday 09:00 - 21:00
Friday 09:00 - 21:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00

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(801) 240-3310

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The museum is located west of Temple Square and north of the Family History Library

45 North West Temple Street Salt Lake City, Utah 84150

Parking

Nearby public parking lots are available within one-half block of the museum. Patrons can use all public parking facilities for a fee. The museum parking lot is available for evening parking between 4:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. unless there is an event at the Conference Center. Metered parking is available on the street and is free for two hours on Saturday and all day Sunday and holidays.

Public Transportation

The Temple Square TRAX station is located 1/2 block south of the museum. Use of TRAX (light rail) and busses in the downtown area is fare free.

Admission

The museum is open to the public free of charge.

Hours

Monday through Friday: 9 a.m.–9 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Closed Sunday

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General Information: 1-801-240-3310 Museum Store: 1-801-240-3592 Fax: 1-801-240-5342

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