The Beehive House is located one block east of Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah. From 1855 to 1877, it was the primary residence of Brigham Young, the second President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It also served as the offices for the Church and, for a short time, President Young’s work as governor of Utah Territory. Two other Presidents of the Church later lived and worked here: Lorenzo Snow, from 1898 to 1901, and Joseph F. Smith, from 1901 to 1918. Today, local volunteers give free tours of the home year-round. The tour focuses on Brigham Young’s role as a prophet and community leader and on the private life of his family.
As you plan to visit the Beehive House, please be aware that it does not include public restrooms. The closest public restrooms are in the nearby Joseph Smith Memorial Building. If you use a wheelchair, you should be aware that the second floor of the Beehive House is inaccessible for a wheelchair because of narrow, winding staircases. If you use a wheelchair but are able to navigate a few steps, you will be able to tour the first floor. You will need to go up seven steps from the sidewalk to the front door and four steps from one wing of the first floor to another.
Touring the Beehive House
The tour of the Beehive House lasts about 30 minutes. In those 30 minutes, you will see:
The office Brigham Young used when he was territorial governor and President of the Church.
Brigham Young’s carpentry tools.
The place where President Joseph F. Smith received a vision about the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ to people who have died (see Doctrine and Covenants 138).
And many other fascinating things.
Other Places to Visit near the Beehive House
The Church offers many interesting and inspiring places to visit in Salt Lake City, all within walking distance of each other. For information about these places, click here.