Temple Square

Temple Square is among Salt Lake City's top attractions, and one of Utah's most-visited sites. Being the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the 35-acre area contains more than 15 attractions related to Mormon heritage and beliefs. Whether it’s the rich history, the gorgeous gardens and architecture, or the vivid art and culture that pulls you in, you’ll be sure to have an unforgettable experience.

Salt Lake Temple
The impressive Salt Lake Temple took 40 years to build, between 1853 and 1893 making it one of the oldest attractions in the area. The temple is considered the house of the Lord and is sacred to members of the Church. Although the historic Salt Lake Temple 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.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is formed by 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) 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.

Visitors' Centers
Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City has two visitors' centers open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.  where complimentary tours are offered. The North Visitors' Center is known for being the home of the famous 11-foot Christ statue, paintings and stories from the scriptures and the first century Jerusalem model. The South Visitors' Center illustrates the history of the building of the Salt Lake Temple and its importance for members of the Church and their families.

Joseph Smith Memorial Building
The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is a community center and event venue operated by the LDS Church. The building has a chapel, 12 banquet rooms, three restaurants, and FamilySearch Center, a public facility introducing visitors to genealogical research. Also in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building is the Legacy Theater with free showings of the "Meet the Mormons" movie. The historic building was formerly the Hotel Utah and its lobby has been elegantly restored with a stained glass ceiling and intricate moulding.

Temple Square is also home to:

  • The Church History Museum exhibits art and relics related to the Mormon Church from the mid-1800's to the present.
  • The Family History Library houses the largest collection of genealogical records in the world.
  • The Church History Library features historic Church 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 and a 21,000-seat auditorium.
  • The Beehive House and the Lion House, which were the homes of Mormon 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.

Free tours are offered daily in the Beehive House and Conference Center, Monday through Friday in the Relief Society Building and Church Office Building, and Monday through Saturday in the Church History Library, Joseph Smith Memorial Building and Family History Library. The Church History Museum is open Monday through Saturday and admission is free.

If you’re making travel plans, there are plenty of hotels and restaurants just blocks from Temple Square.

Additional Temple Square travel information:

  • 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.
  • According to visitors on TripAdvisor, dogs are not allowed on Temple Square, even on a leash.
  • Temple Square's renowned Christmas Lights display typically begins after Thanksgiving and run through the New Year.

For more information:
801-531-1000 or 800-363-6027


Temple Square

50 W. North Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84150