Utah Museum of Fine Arts#9 in Best Things To Do in Salt Lake City
Sitting near the center of the University of Utah campus in northeast Salt Lake City, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts houses more than 17,000 artifacts from across the globe. The permanent collection includes Greek and Egyptian antiquities, paintings from the Italian Renaissance and even some early 20th-century photography. The museum also hosts a variety of notable traveling displays that focus on everything from early scientific discoveries to contemporary art.
"This place is gorgeous, quiet, peaceful, and amazing," writes one TripAdvisor user. "[I]f you want true culture, don't miss out on this place." Recent visitors also recommend strolling through the sculpture garden or grabbing a quick bite at the on-site cafe.
The Utah Museum of Fine Arts is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (with extended evening hours on Wednesdays). On Saturday and Sunday, you can visit from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $7, although you might be charged extra for the visiting exhibition. For more information, check out the museum's website.
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#1 Temple Square
Temple Square's three-block plaza is home to nearly 20 attractions related to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It's anchored by the towering Salt Lake Temple – where, among other things, weekly meetings of the church's governing bodies are held – and other fascinating buildings like the expansive Tabernacle and the Gothic-style Assembly Hall, which offer insight into the history and development of the Mormon church. You should also stop by the Family History Library, the largest genealogy library in the world. Once you've toured the sites, stroll through the square's scenic gardens and past the gurgling fountains.
Recent travelers recommend taking a free, guided tour of the square. Tours are not scheduled, but knowledgeable docents are available every day between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Visitors are also welcome to attend the Sunday morning concerts in the Tabernacle, as well as the Thursday evening choir rehearsals (7:30 p.m.), both put on by the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
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