Salt Lake City's Free Museums

Some Salt Lake City museums are always free, and others have free days on a regular basis. 

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    The star shows and IMAX theater at the Clark Planetarium aren't free, but the planetarium does have a number of free exhibits that are interesting and worth a look, especially if you're in the area.

    110 S. 400 W.
    801-456-STAR (7827)

    Opens at 10:30 a.m. every day
    Closes following the beginning of the last show of the day, generally Sundays at 6 p.m., Mon.-Wed. at 8 p.m., Thur. at 9 p.m., Fri. and Sat. at 11 p.m.

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    ••• Fort Douglas Military Museum

    The Fort Douglas Military Museum is dedicated to the history of Fort Douglas and U.S. military history, with hundreds of weapons uniforms, and other items on display. The Fort Douglas grounds offer lots of opportunities for historical exploration, including displays of cannons, helicopters and armored vehicles.

    The Fort Douglas Military Museum is part of the Foothill Cultural District, which includes Red Butte Garden and Arboretum, the Utah Museum of Natural History, Hogle Zoo, This is the Place Heritage Park, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts and Olympic Cauldron Park. All of these attractions are located on land that was once part of historic Fort Douglas.

    Fort Douglas Military Museum
    32 Potter Street
    Fort Douglas, UT 84113
    (801) 581-1251

    Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12-5 p.m.

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    This free museum houses art and artifacts related to the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

    45 North West Temple St.

    Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
    Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

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    ••• Natural History Museum of Utah

    The Natural History Museum of Utah is a working scientists' museum that includes paleontology exhibits and a lot more. Here are the museum's free days for 2015:

    • Monday, January 12
    • Monday, April 13
    • Monday, July 13
    • Monday. October 12

    It's strongly recommended to reserve tickets online for the free days; these are released the Tuesday prior to each free day. Check the website for details.

    301 Wakara Way

    Open Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. - Last Admission is 4 p.m.
    Open Wednesdays 10 a.m.-9 p.m. - Last Admission is 8 p.m.

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    The free Pioneer Memorial Museum on the grounds of the Utah State Capitol is dedicated to the lives and belongings of Utah's Mormon pioneers. Highlights include Brigham Young's wagon and an antique steam fire engine.

    300 N. Main St.

    Sept.-May hours: Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    June-Aug. hours: Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

    Admission is free. Voluntary contributions welcome.

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    ••• Photo courtesy Utah Museum of Contemporary Art

    The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art hosts changing contemporary art exhibits, film events, lectures on art, and photography and ceramics classes. UMOCA suggests (but does not require) a donation of of $5 per person for admission, but the museum hosts free "Family Art Saturdays" with hands-on art activities the second Saturday of every month from 2-4 p.m.

    20 South West Temple

    Tue.-Thur., Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Fri. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
    Closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays.

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    ••• Photo courtesy of the Salt Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

    The Utah Museum of Fine Arts on the University of Utah campus focuses on art from different cultures around the world and includes special collections of Native American and Western American art.

    The museum is free the first Wednesday of every month, and also the third Saturday of each month with free art activities for families from 1-4 p.m. It's always free for students and employees of the University of Utah.

    Marcia & John Price Museum Building
    410 Campus Center Drive

    Tue.–Fri. 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
    Wed. 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
    Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

    Closed Mondays and holidays.

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    ••• Wheeler Historic Farm

    The Wheeler Historic Farm includes tours of the historic Wheeler home, live farm animals, farm chore demonstrations and wagon rides. Admission to the farm is free, but there are small charges ranging from $.50 to $2 for some of the activities.

    6351 S. 900 E.

    Open every day dawn until dusk.

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    The Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts is the only museum in the country dedicated to displaying a state-owned collection of contemporary folk art. It features objects made by living Utah artists from the state’s American Indian, rural, occupational and ethnic communities offering a snapshot of Utah’s contemporary culture and heritage.

    Located in Liberty Park; enter the park from 900 E. or 1300 E. at about 600 S.

    Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday's spring and summer. Check website for specific hours or to arrange a group tour.

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    Gilgal Sculpture Garden

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    Gilgal Sculpture Garden was envisioned, designed and created by Thomas Battersby Child, Jr. in the mid-twentieth century.

    Tucked in the middle of the block behind houses and businesses, Gilgal Sculpture Garden contains 12 original sculptures and over 70 stones engraved with scriptures, poems, and literary texts. 

    The public is invited to visit the garden seven days a week. There is no admission charge. Walking tour brochures are available in the garden.

    749 E. 500 S.
    Salt Lake City, UT 84102

    Visiting hours: April/September – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. October/March – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.