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The Museum of Church History and Art provides numerous historical exhibits as well as art galleries. More than a quarter of a million people visit the museum every year, and there is always something new to see because exhibits are changed on a regular basis.
The historical exhibits trace the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (casually known as the Mormon Church) from its beginnings in the 1830s to the present day Church (see Mormon history). Some of the artifacts displayed in the history museum are an original covered wagon, some of Joseph Smith's original transcripts, an original 1830 Book of Mormon, an 1847 log home, displays about the Presidents of the Church, exhibits about the Mormon Trail, and how early settlements were started. There are also short films and demonstrations provided.
One of the most intriguing art displays in the museum features artwork from Latter-day Saints around the world. The artwork is submitted as a part of an international art competition the museum sponsors every three years. The gallery and displays offer visitors a chance to see religious viewpoints from all over the world.
The museum also devotes much of its space to providing exhibits for children. Interactive exhibits, plays, puppet shows, films, and replica wagons and ship bunks that children can play in, all make the museum experience something children will enjoy.
The museum address is 45 North West Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150, just across the street from Temple Square. It is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Sunday and most holidays from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The museum is closed on New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Admission is free, and forty-minute tours are available if desired. Patrons may also see the exhibits at their own pace.