Temple Square

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Please Note: Much of Temple Square is undergoing a major renovation, which is expected to be completed in 2026. Due to the construction work, some buildings have limited hours and tour opportunities. Temporary individual site hours are noted below. The Main Street Plaza, between North Temple and South Temple streets, will be closed until early 2024. See current access points to and from buildings here. Missionaries offer free guided tours starting from the Conference Center or just inside the west gate of Temple Square (meet at the Bell Tower).

Temple Square is much more than a religious icon. It's a collage of fascinating history, singular architecture, and gourmet dining. Temple Square in Salt Lake City is Utah's most popular tourist destination. Part of its appeal lies in its accessibility: five city blocks in downtown Salt Lake City contain nearly 20 attractions related to Latter-day Saint pioneer history and genealogy, including the Salt Lake Temple, the Tabernacle, and the Family Search Library. This means that visitors can see all or most of these attractions in a relatively short period of time.

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We have outlined a walking tour below, containing what we consider the must-see attractions on and around Temple Square. Click here for a printable map. Hours of operation change seasonally, so be sure to check before your trip.

Salt Lake Temple

This building is a worldwide icon of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the heart of Temple Square. The massive granite edifice was constructed in a neo-gothic style over the course of an astounding 40-year period between 1853 and 1893. The pioneers who settled the valley sacrificed both time and material goods to the building of the temple, which stands as a testament to their faith and devotion. Please be aware that only members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are permitted to enter the temple, but all visitors are welcome to peruse the grounds and admire the stunning workmanship of the building and the serene beauty of its immediate surroundings.

The temple is currently under a multi-year seismic renovation. Learn more about the renovation.

Assembly Hall

From the Visitors' Center, we recommend walking around the Assembly Hall, one of the most ornate and colorful buildings on Temple Square. Built in 1877, the Assembly Hall is used today for free weekend concerts featuring local and international artists. If you happen to visit on a Friday or Saturday evening, be advised that the concerts are free and do not require tickets, although only those eight years of age and older are admitted.

Salt Lake Tabernacle

Home of the world-famous Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, the Tabernacle, located just north of the Assembly Hall, is an architectural and acoustic wonder. The famous organ at the front of the Tabernacle contains 11,623 pipes, making it one of the largest and richest-sounding organs in the world, and the building was constructed so that even the drop of a pin at the front of the building can be heard throughout the building. The Tabernacle is usually open daily for tours. In addition, the public is welcome to attend choir rehearsals on Thursday evenings and the Music and the Spoken Word broadcasts on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am.

Family Search Library

From Temple Square, cross West Temple Street and go south to the Family Search Library, which gives visitors access to the world's largest collection of genealogical resources. If you have time, plan to spend an hour or two researching information on your own ancestors; volunteers are on hand to help you through the process if necessary. The Family Search Library is open Monday through Saturday. Hours vary. 

Deuel Pioneer Log Home

North of the Family History Library is the Deuel Pioneer Log Cabin, which gives visitors a glimpse into pioneer life. It is typical of the homes built in the Salt Lake Valley after it was settled in 1847, the very first of which was built nearby by William Henry Deuel. Please note the Deuel Cabin is temporarily closed.

Church History Museum

Also north of the Family Search Library you will find the Church History Museum. Highlights of the museum interactive exhibits and a collection of historic artifacts richly covering 26 years of history (1820-1846), from the origins of Joseph Smith to the Latter-day Saint pioneer exodus to the West.

Conference Center

Located just north of the temple, the Conference Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints contains a 21,000-seat auditorium and an 850-seat theater. It also houses an array of artworks that tell about scripture stories, Church teachings and organization, and Jesus Christ. Free, guided tours of the Conference Center are available daily, and tours of the beautiful rooftop gardens are available April through October. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and during the month of December, Music and the Spoken Word is recorded here each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. (Visitors must be seated by 9:15 a.m.) The Conference Center is occasionally home to other events, so you might want to consider calling (801) 240-0075 for information before visiting.

Church History Library

Just east of the Conference Center is the Church History Library. It was created in 2009 to house records for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The building contains materials that chronicle the history of the Church from 1830 to the present day. Many of the historical documents are in storage rooms that are kept at closely monitored temperatures for preservation purposes. Many of these materials are available for you to explore and volunteers are available to assist you.

Relief Society Building

Moving south of the Church History Library you will come to the Relief Society Building, which houses Church offices and a resource center. The Relief Society is the oldest women's organization in the world and an important part of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which focuses on the strengthening of home and family. Please note the Relief Society Building is currently closed.

Church Office Building

East of the Relief Society Building is the Church Office Building, the administrative center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which claims more than 12 million members worldwide. Standing at 28 stories, the building dominates the Temple Square-area skyline. Please note this building is closed to the public.

Brigham Young Historic Park

Traveling east across State Street you will enter Brigham Young Historic Park. This small park was once part of pioneer and Mormon leader Brigham Young's farm. During the summer, the park hosts concerts as well as Garden Talks. Seating is provided, but you can also bring blankets or chairs.

Pioneer Memorial Monument

South of Brigham Young Historical Park along State Street is the Mormon Pioneer Memorial Monument, which honors the more than 6,000 pioneers who died crossing the plains between 1847 and 1869. It is also home to the gravesite of Brigham Young, under whose leadership the Mormon pioneers traveled from Illinois to Utah and established a rich society and culture here.

Social Hall Heritage Museum

The Social Hall was where the first residents of Salt Lake City gathered to relax, unwind from their labors, be with friends, and enjoy singing and dancing. Today the remains of this building are preserved in a museum that shows a different side of pioneer life. The museum, located half a block south of the Pioneer Memorial Monument, is open from Monday through Saturday, and admission is free.

Beehive House

On the corner of State Street and South Temple is the Beehive House, Brigham Young's main residence. The mansion has been beautifully restored and serves as a museum offering tours showing what life was like for the Young family back in 1854. Tours are free and available daily, beginning every 10 minutes.

Lion House

Next to the Beehive House on South Temple is the Lion House, another of Brigham Young's residences. Today the building operates as an event venue with eight banquet rooms and a lovely garden area. It also has a restaurant on the street level called the Lion House Pantry, featuring home-style meals and baked goods. The Lion House is currently under renovation and will be expected to reopen in 2025.

Church Administration Building

Moving west along South Temple you will see the Church Administration Building. Although it is not open to the general public, it is worth noting that current leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have their offices in this classical-style building.

Joseph Smith Memorial Building

This walking tour of Temple Square concludes at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, located just west of the Church Administration Building. This stately building, originally constructed in 1911, is dedicated to Joseph Smith, founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and houses several attractions of interest. This building is currently under renovation with an expected reopening in 2025.


We recommend the restaurants and the food court at City Creek Center, which is across the street from Temple Square.

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