Territorial Statehouse State Park Museum

Territorial Statehouse State Park Museum   |  Steve Greenwood
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Located in picturesque Fillmore, Utah, the Territorial Statehouse State Park Museum is a great family-friendly pitstop. For a scant admission of $2 per person, you can behold some of Utah’s most interesting governmental artifacts, walk the All-American Rose Society Garden, and have a picnic on the grounds.

The museum building was originally ordered to be built by Brigham Young to serve as Utah’s capitol building in the newly appointed U.S. territory — Young, who was the second president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and founded Salt Lake City, also served as the Utah Territory's first governor. The statehouse's use was short lived. The building — envisioned to be much larger, but was never completed beyond the south wing that stands today — held the Territorial Legislature for one full session before Salt Lake City became the governmental seat for the state in December 1858. Still, the red brick building was beautifully constructed and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

As you tour the museum, you’ll get a feel for what life was like for those early pioneers establishing Utah. There are tons of interesting artifacts, and you can take it in at your own pace. The knowledgeable staff is happy to field your questions and engage your kids’ curiosity. View hundreds of portraits of the settlers, and read exhibits delineating the plight of the Mormons who sought independence. Also on the site, explore an 1867 rock schoolhouse, and two pioneer log cabins.

After you’ve toured the grounds, stop and smell the roses — literally. America’s favorite flower is on full display in the museum gardens outside the main building. The smell is ethereal in the spring and summer with plentiful rose varieties in bloom. After you’ve smelled all you can smell, park your family at one of the picnic tables at the state park to enjoy your brown bag lunch, and further your rest before heading to the next adventure destination.

Don’t forget to pop into the gift shop to purchase some made-in-Utah gifts and souvenirs, from kitsch to unique.

The museum also plays hosts to several hallmark events throughout the year, including the Utah Statehood Day Dance, a large Independence Day celebration, and the annual (and spooky) Shadows of the Past Candlelight Tour held in October.
Entry Fee: Day-use entry fee required, purchase in-person or online. The Annual Utah State Park Pass is accepted for park entry.
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