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Did you know that there are approximately 850 million visits to museums every year in America? They contribute $50 billion to the U.S. economy each year. If you think about how marvelous museums are, these numbers make sense. Museums can transport you to old worlds, future worlds, worlds you never thought you could be a part of.

If you’re looking to add some of those unknown worlds to your day, check out our list of museums in the area. They are all within driving distance and offer a variety of topics that will enchant every member of the family.
Church History Museum
Church History Museum

45 W Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84150   Directions

(801) 240-3310


Explore the past of the Mormon church at the Church History Museum. Various educational exhibits and programs showcase art and artifacts that help explain the spiritual foundation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. On your journey throughout the museum, you'll learn about the culture and the meaning of this religion.

Daughters of Utah Pioneer Museum
Daughters of Utah Pioneer Museum

300 N Main St
Salt Lake City, UT 84103   Directions

(801) 532-6479


Want to peek into a world where pioneers worked to establish Utah as the state that we know and love? Ever wonder what guns, tools, and even musical instruments from the 1800s looked like? Would you like to see where one of the state's true pioneers, Brigham Young, actually slept? Answers to all these questions and more can be found in the exhibits and attractions at the Daughters of Utah Pioneer Museum.

See an actual bed that was owned by Brigham Young, see looms that were used to make clothes and other fabrics, and even delve into an archive that tells the tale of the city's rich history. Over the four floors that present this expansive view of the state's history, your family will marvel at what has been preserved as well as marvel at how it all connects us to this very moment.

Discovery Gateway Children's Museum
Discovery Gateway Children's Museum

444 W 100 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84101   Directions

(801) 456-5437


In a world where kids are told to not touch something, it's nice to be welcomed into a place where hands-on experiences are encouraged and welcomed! Discovery Gateway Children's Museum is located in the Gateway Mall in downtown Salt Lake City, and not only will the kids love it, mom and dad will have a great time experiencing everything too!

From hosting a TV newscast to participating in a real helicopter rescue, kids will experience adventures that they had only imagined. But thanks to the professional staff, state of the art facility, and an environment that is designed to foster a kid's sense of adventure, Discovery Gateway is the perfect stage upon which family fun is the main attraction.

Fort Douglas Military Museum
Fort Douglas Military Museum

32 Potter St
Salt Lake City, UT 84113   Directions

(801) 581-1251


Take the time to discover a true piece of American history at the Fort Douglas Military Museum. This military garrison was established in 1862 and has been significant in military action throughout the years, including through World War I, World War II, and even now. As you explore the museum, you'll see photographs and artifacts featured in exhibits that detail the importance of Fort Douglas.

Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Utah Museum of Fine Arts

410 Campus Center Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84112   Directions

(801) 581-7332


The Utah Museum of Fine Arts is a romantic backdrop against which you can share conversation with someone special, whether it's your first date or you have known each other for years.

This sprawling, tastefully laid out museum boasts a collection of more than 15,000 works from all over the world, spanning many styles and periods. The 74,000 square-foot Marcia and John Museum Building features more than 20 galleries that all await your intent gaze and doubtless appreciation. There's also a bookstore, study center, sculpture terrace and Fine Arts Cafe where you and your date can get some coffee and share your impressions of the artistic works that will surround you during this truly unique time together.

Utah Museum of Natural History
Utah Museum of Natural History

301 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108   Directions

(801) 581-6927


Check out the collection of ancient objects and natural artifacts housed at the Utah Museum of Natural History. The museum is home to various pieces of history like crystallized minerals, bones from the extinct Giant Short-faced Bear, and a fossilized trilobite arthropod, all dating back thousands of years if not more. On your walk through the museum, you'll also see Native American artifacts like moccasins, gloves, bowls, baskets, and more.

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