Notice: The Church History Museum is temporarily closed to visitors due to COVID-19. We expect to reopen on August 2, 2021. For additional information please see the Church Newsroom.
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.
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.
- January 1, 2020 (New Year’s Day): CLOSED
- January 20, 2020 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day): Open 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
- February 17, 2020 (Presidents Day): Open 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
- April 4, 2020 (general conference): Open 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
- May 25, 2020 (Memorial Day): Open 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
- July 4, 2020 (Independence Day): CLOSED
- July 24, 2020 (Pioneer Day): CLOSED
- September 7, 2020 (Labor Day): Open 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
- October 3, 2020 (general conference): Open 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
- October 12, 2020 (Columbus Day): Open 9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
- October 31, 2020 (Halloween): Open 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
- November 11, 2020 (Veterans Day): Open 9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
- November 25, 2020 (Thanksgiving Eve): Open 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
- November 26, 2020 (Thanksgiving Day): CLOSED
- December 24, 2020 (Christmas Eve): CLOSED
- December 25, 2020 (Christmas Day): CLOSED
- December 31, 2020 (New Year’s Eve): CLOSED
- January 1, 2021 (New Year’s Day): CLOSED
Nearby parking options include the underground garage at City Creek Center (one block southeast of the museum; free for the first 2 hours) and other downtown public parking locations. Fees and rates may vary. The museum does not validate parking. Please note that downtown parking is limited and may differ during the Salt Lake Temple Square renovation project.
The museum lot (located on the west side of the museum) is subject to frequent closures due to construction and events and is generally not recommended for public parking at this time. There is a 10-minute parking zone directly outside the museum’s front doors. Limited two-hour metered parking is also available on the street. Street parking is free on Saturdays and for those with a disability permit.
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.
Please use this form to contact our team of historians, curators, educators, and conservators.
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.
Church History Museum
45 North West Temple Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84150
Frequently Asked Questions
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.com/tour.
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 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.
The museum offers a variety of 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 to 2 hours visiting the museum.
Patrons are welcome to bring their own strollers through the museum. A limited number of single-seat strollers are also available for free checkout at the front desk. Please do not leave your children unattended.
Food, drink, and pets are not allowed in the building. Please don’t touch art and artifacts on display.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.