Enjoy cultural experiences with your family for free at these Salt Lake City museums in Utah. Some of these museums and exhibits are always free, and others have free days weekly or throughout the year.
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.
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.
32 Potter Street, Fort Douglas
LDS Church History Museum
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.
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 2018:
- Monday, January 8
- Monday, May 14
- Monday, August 27
- Monday, December 17
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
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
Pioneer Memorial Museum
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. Admission is free. Voluntary contributions welcome.
300 N. Main St.
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 $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
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.
Chase Home Museum of Folk Arts
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.
Gilgal Sculpture Garden
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.