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How Temple Square Is Reopening to the Public

The Conference Center opened on June 14; other buildings have followed

Update: The Family History Library is expanding its days of operation. See details below.

Temple Square, one of Utah’s top tourist attractions, began a phased reopening in June 2021. The Conference Center was the first to welcome guests.

As Temple Square reopens, it continues to offer unique and meaningful guest experiences. While some activities may not be fully open for some time, adjustments will be made to ensure a safe experience for those that do. This article, as well as TempleSquare.org, will be updated as more experiences become available on Temple Square.

Assembly Hall

The Assembly Hall has limited hours (11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily).

Beehive House

The Beehive House is available to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

    Church History Library

    The library is open to the public. The reading room is open by appointment. A limited number of appointments is available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The library has also resumed presentations for groups of 25 or fewer. Up-to-date information on operating hours, safety policies and how to schedule a visit can be found on the library’s Plan Your Visit web page.

    Church History Museum

    The Church History Museum is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

    The following exhibits at the museum are available:

    • The Heavens Are Opened
    • Sisters for Suffrage
    • Mormon Trails
    • Presidents of the Church
    • Temples Dot the Earth: Building the House of the Lord (Please note that many hands-on activities have been temporarily removed from this exhibit due to COVID-19. The exhibit remains open as a walk-through experience with limited digital interactives and artifacts on display.)

    Conference Center

    Since the beginning of the renovation of the Salt Lake Temple in January 2020, the Conference Center has been the main arrival center and primary venue for guests on Temple Square.

    The public can visit and tour the Conference Center. The experience has limited hours (11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily) and includes guided and self-guided tours.

    The central features of the Conference Center experience are a replica of sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen’s masterpiece, the Christus; a cutaway model of the Salt Lake Temple; the 21,000-seat Conference Center auditorium; and premier views of Temple Square and the Salt Lake Temple renovation.

    The Conference Center also provides immersive and interactive experiences to understand the history and significance of the Salt Lake Temple. These include an orientation video, a media presentation about the importance of social and religious gatherings, historical artifacts and sacred art galleries.

    Family History Library

    The library is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Beginning November 6, 2021, the library will expand its days of operation to include Saturdays, also from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Starting the week of November 15, 2021, the library is tentatively scheduled to open on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., by appointment only. See more details at FamilySearch.org.

    Joseph Smith Memorial Building

    The Joseph Smith Memorial Building and Temple Square Hospitality Corporation are open for all catering and event services. To book a wedding, business function or special event, please call 801-539-3130 or reach out via email at catering@templesquarehospitality.com.

    Tabernacle

    The Tabernacle has limited hours (11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily).

    The Nauvoo

    The Nauvoo restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

    Tours

    Tours on Temple Square are available virtually (inside buildings) as well as in person (the grounds of Temple Square). To schedule a tour, call 801-240-8945 or email TempleSquare@ChurchofJesusChrist.org. You can also get an impromptu tour by visiting the sister missionaries in the Conference Center or those stationed just inside the west gate of Temple Square.

      Additional Buildings

      The Relief Society Building and the Lion House openings will be announced at a future date.

      Guidelines

      Visitors are welcome on Temple Square. Face masks are recommended for individuals who are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19. These announcements are subject to change due to conditions at the time of opening. Other buildings and experiences will be posted to this article and to TempleSquare.org when they reopen.

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