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*Please note the Temple will close on December 29, 2019 and will remain closed for approximately four years while undergoing a major structural and seismic renovation. It is expected to reopen in 2024. As of 2021, phased reopening has begun as major renovations continue. For more information about which attractions and buildings will remain open in Temple Square, click here.  For general information and routine updates, click  here . 

Salt Lake Temple

The impressive Salt Lake Temple  took 40 years to build, between 1853 and 1893, and is one of the oldest attractions in the area. The temple is sacred to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and is not open for tours, you can stroll around the grounds and stop in the South Visitors’ Center to see a scale model of the temple and its interior.

Learn about  available tours.

The tabernacle choir at temple square.

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square  (formerly known as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir) is made up of 360 volunteers and has performed all over the world. The public is invited to the Choir's free weekly Music & the Spoken Word broadcast on Sundays in the Tabernacle at 9:30 a.m. (guests must be seated by 9:15 a.m.) and the choir's rehearsal every Thursday at 8 p.m. Many other performances by different artists happen in the Tabernacle, Assembly Hall and Conference Center at Temple Square, which are free and open to the public. (Read the story:  The Geographical and Musical Heart of Salt Lake )

Learn about  available tours .

Visitors' centers.

The two visitors' centers are open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Complimentary tours in nearly every language are offered. 

  • The  North Visitors' Center  is home to the famous 11-foot Christ statue, paintings and stories from the scriptures and the first century Jerusalem model.
  • The  South Visitors' Center  focuses on the constructions of the Salt Lake Temple and its importance for church members and their families.

Joseph Smith Memorial Building

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building  was formerly the Hotel Utah and its lobby has been elegantly restored with a stained glass ceiling and intricate moulding. While there, check out:

  • The  dining options : The Nauvoo Cafe, The Roof Restaurant, The Garden Restaurant and the Lion House Pantry.
  • The FamilySearch Center, a public facility introducing visitors to genealogical research.
  • The Legacy Theater with free movie showings.

Church History Museum

The Church History Museum  features interactive exhibits, historic artifacts and a curated collection of global art. Additional highlights include:

  • A full-size168-year-old historic log home
  • A 240-degree theater experience
  • A rotating fine art collection

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More Visitor Information

Temple square is also home to:.

  • The  Family History Library  houses the largest collection of genealogical records in the world.
  • The  Church History Library  features historic documents and exhibits.
  • The  Church Office Building  allows you to go to the 26th floor for breathtaking views of the Salt Lake Valley.
  • The  Relief Society Building  provides information for you to learn more about the women in the Church.
  • The  Conference Center  has impressive architecture, artwork and a 21,000-seat auditorium.
  • The  Beehive House  and the Lion House were the homes of early Church president Brigham Young and his large family. Today the Lion House is an event venue and a restaurant.
  • The transformation of the  Temple Square with Christmas Lights  on the Friday following Thanksgiving, is an extraordinary event and signals the official start of the holiday season.

Many tours are offered daily, check out the  current options . 

*Please note: Due to the Temple's renovations, beginning January 1, 2020, the Conference Center will become the primary venue for the Temple Square guest experience. It will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily featuring unguided and guided tours in more than 40 languages, a statue of Jesus Christ, a cutaway model of the Salt Lake Temple, exhibitions of various temple artifacts and an orientation film about the history of the temple.

Good to Know

  • Fee-based, metered two-hour parking is available throughout the city and there is paid, underground parking beneath the Joseph Smith Memorial Building ($10 with validation available from dining at Temple Square's four restaurants) or  City Creek Center Mall , which is free for the first two hours.
  • Dogs are not allowed on Temple Square, even on a leash.
  • Temple Square's renowned Christmas Lights display typically begins after Thanksgiving and runs through the New Year.

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Things to Do on Temple Square

Come and join us at Temple Square, where you can enjoy dozens of events, exhibits, and other experiences. Discover exhibits and artwork that teach the gospel of Jesus Christ. Find places of peace and solitude. Experience voices raised in praise as you listen to sacred music. We hope you enjoy your visit.

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Located in downtown Salt Lake City, Temple Square is one of the most popular attractions in Utah. Covering 35 acres, it’s filled with a variety of things to see and do. It doesn’t matter if you spend 20 minutes or 5 hours, you’re in for a treat! All tours at Temple Square are free, so check out some of the best things at Temple Square.

Temple Square Tour (~ 45 min)

Temple Square

The Temple Square Tour is led by missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is the perfect introduction to Temple Square and the Mormon heritage. You can book your tour online and choose from 40 languages!

In the South Visitors’ Center, you’ll walk through the 40 years of construction of the Salt Lake Temple, learn about the role of temples in the LDS faith, see a model of the Temple and learn about the different rooms and ordinances performed there. In the North Visitors’ Center you will see the famous 11-foot marble Christus statue and learn more about Christ’s life and teachings.

The missionaries will also take you in the Tabernacle, a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark built by the Mormon pioneers in 1876, for more history and a pin drop demonstration in what is one of the most acoustically sound buildings in the world.

Discovery Center (~ 1 hour)

Discovery Center

Located inside the Family History Library, the Discovery Center is a fun and free way to learn more about your family history. Discover more about who you are and where you came from with interactive displays, record stories and memories for future generations, and step into the lifestyle of your ancestors.

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world! Learning more about who you are and where you came from is just one of the many joys you will find when discovering your family history.

The Discovery Center is open from 8:00am to 5:00pm (M), 8:00am to 9:00pm (T-F) and 9:00am to 5:00pm (S).

Beehive House Tour (~ 30 min)

Beehive House Tour

Located on the corner of South Temple and State Street, the Beehive House was built in 1854 as the main residence of Latter-day Saint prophet and Utah’s first governor, Brigham Young. Today the house is a museum displaying artifacts that belonged to the Young family. The sister missionaries take you around the Beehive House explaining about the Young family and the early history of Utah and Salt Lake City.

The Beehive house is open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (last tour starts at 8:00 p.m.)

Mormon Tabernacle Choir (~ 1 hour)

Mormon Tabernacle Choir

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is composed of 360 volunteers and it has performed across the country and in 28 foreign countries, from acclaimed concert halls to inaugurations of U.S. presidents. In 1929, the Choir began its weekly live broadcast, Music and the Spoken Word, on the radio, and in the early 1960s made its way to television. Today this program stands as the longest running continuous network broadcast in America.

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  1. Visiting Historic Temple Square

    Free tours of the grounds, Conference Center, and historical residences are available in over 40 languages, and you can make your visit to Temple Square a complete historical journey with the Pioneer History Walking Tour.

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    Free Temple Square tours are approximately 45 minutes and begin on the hour from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., meeting at the flagpole west of the Salt Lake Temple. No appointment is necessary, though tours can be booked online. Conference Center and rooftop gardens

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    Welcome to Temple Square! Seasonal Hours 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. From the second week of January to the First Sunday in April 2023. 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. From April to the First Sunday in October 2023. 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. From the First Sunday in October through Thanksgiving. 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

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    It will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily featuring unguided and guided tours in more than 40 languages, a statue of Jesus Christ, a cutaway model of the Salt Lake Temple, exhibitions of various temple artifacts and an orientation film about the history of the temple. Good to Know

  5. Things to Do on Temple Square

    Come and join us at Temple Square, where you can enjoy dozens of events, exhibits, and other experiences. Discover exhibits and artwork that teach the gospel of Jesus Christ. Find places of quiet and solitude where you can feel peace. Experience voices raised in praise as you listen to sacred music. We hope you enjoy your visit.

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    All tours at Temple Square are free, so check out some of the best things at Temple Square. Temple Square Tour (~ 45 min) The Temple Square Tour is led by missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is the perfect introduction to Temple Square and the Mormon heritage.

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