Plan Your Visit

It’s great to be open. The Church History Museum offers immersive, interactive, and engaging experiences for individuals and families to connect with the history of the Church of Jesus Christ and the growing spiritual, artistic and cultural legacies of the Latter-day Saints. Admission is free.

Regular hours:

  • Monday–Thursday 9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
  • Friday 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • Closed Sunday.

We’re committed to maintaining a safe and healthy environment for visitors through regular cleaning of all exhibits, activities, and public areas. Please note the following guidelines for your visit:

  • Wearing masks is your choice. Masks are recommended for individuals who are not fully vaccinated for Covid-19.
  • We encourage the practice of physical distancing, keeping 6 feet between individuals not in the same group.
  • If you are feeling sick, please stay home and return to visit another time.

General Information

Regular Hours

Monday–Thursday 9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday

Holiday and other adjusted hours
  • September 6, 2021 (Labor Day): Open 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • November 24, 2021 (Thanksgiving Eve): Open 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • November 25, 2021 (Thanksgiving Day): CLOSED
  • November 26, 2021 (Day after Thanksgiving): CLOSED
  • December 24, 2021 (Christmas Eve): CLOSED
  • December 25, 2021 (Christmas Day): CLOSED
  • December 31, 2021 (New Year’s Eve): CLOSED
  • January 1, 2022 (New Year’s Day): CLOSED
Location

45 North West Temple Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84150

The museum is in downtown Salt Lake City, directly west of Temple Square and north of the Family History Library. View on Google Maps

Parking

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City Creek Center parking is recommended for most museum patrons. It is located one block southeast of the museum and is free for the first 2 hours. For up-to-date rates please visit citycreekparkingslc.com. The museum does not validate parking.

Directions to City Creek Center Parking:

Additional parking options:

  • Church History Museum lot (Located on the west side of the museum, this lot is free for museum patrons but has limited capacity and is subject to frequent closures. It is typically open weekdays after 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.)
  • Public parking in downtown Salt Lake City (For locations and rates visit parkingslc.com).
  • 2-hour metered parking (Limited capacity on West Temple Street in front of the museum. Street parking is free on Saturdays and for those with a disability permit.)
  • 10-minute parking (On West Temple Street directly in front of the museum.)
  • Conference Center parking facility (Free with validation only for visitors who are also taking a tour of Temple Square including the Conference Center. Validations can be obtained at the Conference Center hosting desks. The regular parking rate without a validation is $10. The entrance is on West Temple by the Conference Center.)

Please note that downtown parking is limited and may differ during the Salt Lake Temple Square renovation project.

Public Transportation

The Temple Square TRAX (light-rail) station is located half a block south of the museum. Use of TRAX and buses in the downtown area is free. Visit RideUTA.com to plan your trip to the museum using public transportation.

Contact Us

General Information:
1-801-240-3310
ChurchMuseum@ChurchofJesusChrist.org

Museum Store:
1-801-240-3592

Research Questions:
To submit a question to our team of historians, curators, educators, and conservators, please use the Church History Library’s Ask Us online service.

Special Requests:
To ask about viewing collection items not currently on display, please contact our Collections Care team at ChurchMuseum@ChurchofJesusChrist.org to set up an appointment.

Mailing Address:
Church History Museum
45 North West Temple Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84150

Frequently Asked Questions

Tours

The museum does not conduct public tours of any kind. Our exhibits are designed for a self-guided experience, allowing patrons to discover the interactive activities and education stations at their own pace. Museum docents are stationed throughout the exhibits to provide spontaneous short presentations in the galleries and help answer questions.

For information about tours of other locations near Temple Square, please visit TempleSquare.org

Auditorium Programs: Museum Detective and Ask of God

The museum offers two interactive game-show-type programs specifically designed for groups: “Museum Detective” and “Ask of God.” These programs are held in the museum auditorium and introduce patrons to the museum’s main exhibit, The Heavens Are Opened. Groups generally participate in these programs prior to exploring the exhibit. “Museum Detective” is 30 minutes long. “Ask of God” is 15 minutes long.

Both auditorium programs are held every Tuesday and Wednesday between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Reservations are not required unless your group is over 200 people (the auditorium seats 190). Groups can also request showings at other times. Any reservation or scheduling request can be made by calling 801-240-3584.

Group Visits

Group visits of any size are welcome. Reservations are not required unless the group has over 200 people. Any reservation or scheduling request can be made by calling 801-240-3584.

Visiting with Kids

Temples Dot the Earth, an interactive exhibit for children, is now fully open with limited capacity and timed entries every 30 minutes. Reservations are made in person at the museum front desk. Remember to sign up when you arrive.

The museum also offers a variety of other activities for families and children of all ages. In addition to the interactive displays and activity carts you’ll find throughout the museum, there are three “Fun for Families” activity pamphlets available at the front desk with activities that can be completed by exploring displays and artifacts throughout the museum exhibits. On average most people spend around 1.5-2 hours visiting the Museum.

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Patrons are welcome to bring their own strollers through the museum. A limited number of single-seat strollers are also available for free check out at the front desk.

Museum Etiquette and Health Guidelines

Food, drink, and pets are not allowed in the building. Please don’t touch art and artifacts on display.

You can:

  • Take pictures (no tripods or professional photography equipment).
  • Bring a service animal.
  • Drink bottled water.

Patrons are encouraged to check coats, luggage, large bags, food, and so forth at the front desk. Items will be returned upon your departure.

Guidelines for staying safe and healthy:

  • Wearing masks is your choice. Masks are recommended for individuals who are not fully vaccinated for Covid-19.
  • We encourage the practice of physical distancing, keeping 6 feet between individuals not in the same group.
  • If you are feeling sick, please stay home and return to visit another time.
Museum Store and Other Services

The museum store offers a wide array of books by Latter-day Saint authors, as well as jewelry, souvenirs, collectibles, and music for purchase. There is also a wide selection of Latter-day Saint art prints available only through the museum store.

The museum does not provide public Wi-Fi access.

Nearby food and dining locations are available at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building and City Creek Center.

Foreign Language Offerings

The First Vision Theater in The Heavens Are Opened exhibit offers headsets with audio translation of the film in seven languages: Chinese-Mandarin, English, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Brochures of The Heavens Are Opened exhibit labels are available in Chinese-Mandarin, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Wheelchairs and Accessibility

The museum and all exhibit areas are wheelchair accessible. There is also ample seating throughout the building. A limited number of wheelchairs are available for free checkout at the front desk on a first-come-first-served basis.

The museum does not have specifically designated handicap parking. However, all street parking stalls offer two hours free parking for those with a disability permit. There is also a 10-minute parking zone directly outside the front doors that can be used as a drop-off/pickup area.

Acquisitions and Donations

The Church History Department welcomes donations of documents, diaries, letters, photographs, books, artwork, and artifacts that have links to Church history of any time period. You may contact our acquisitions specialists at 1-801-240-5696 or by using this web form.

The museum front desk is not allowed to accept donations of any kind. The acquisitions specialists are located at the Church History Library.

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