In order to protect our patrons, employees, and missionaries, and comply with recommendations of local government, the Church History Library is closed to the public until further notice.
The Church History Library offers several experiences to highlight our collections and the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Walk-in visitors are always welcome and do not need a reservation if the party has 10 or fewer members.
For groups from 10 to 100, please call or email to check availability and make reservations for one of our existing presentations. All presentations are free and take approximately 60 minutes.
“Foundations of Faith”
Come learn about the Church History Library’s purpose, the facility, and the types of records stored in the vaults. Visitors will view a short video and then be guided through the Foundations of Faith exhibit, which contains foundational documents of the restored Church of Jesus Christ.
“The First Vision”
Learn more about what the First Vision meant to Joseph Smith—and what it means for us 200 years later. This 40-minute presentation introduces Joseph Smith's accounts of his experience on that important spring morning, together with records from people who heard him bear his witness. As part of the presentation, you will see original copies of the accounts, including one written in Joseph's handwriting.
“Witness the Book of Mormon”
Learn about the coming forth of the Book of Mormon and about key individuals who were involved. Visitors will participate in an interactive presentation that lasts 30–45 minutes and will then view the Foundations of Faith exhibit, which contains items discussed in the presentation.
“A New Look at the Book of Mormon Translation”
This presentation tells the story of the translation of the Book of Mormon and examines the use of seer stones in scripture, history, and art. Visitors will also have the opportunity to view the Foundations of Faith exhibit where the original manuscript of the Book of Mormon and other sacred treasures are preserved in high-security cases in the Church History Library.
“I Am a Woman in the Gospel”
Explore the significant roles women have played in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from its beginning to the present day. Visitors will participate in a presentation that includes stories, narrative accounts, and video presentations of Latter-day Saint women. After this presentation, visitors will view significant documents found in the Foundations of Faith exhibit.
“Restoration of the Priesthood”
Discover the stories of the restoration of the priesthood, and learn about the sacred responsibility of passing the sacrament. Young men will be invited to learn about their priesthood lineage, and priesthood leaders will learn how to exercise their keys in relation to the sacrament. At the conclusion of this presentation, visitors will view significant documents found in the Foundations of Faith exhibit.