If you want to take a step back in time without the assistance of a time machine, there's no better way than by heading to a museum.
These community landmarks not only encapsulate history, but beauty, entertainment and more.
Monday is a day to celebrate the cultural exchange, as the country celebrates National Museum Day.
Utah is a veritable hot spot for museums, so there's no reason not to join in the celebration. To help you get started, we've gathered a list of 15 of the best, most family-friendly museums in the area.
(Check with the museums ahead of time to make sure they are not closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.)
BYU's Museum of Art
For a more tranquil museum experience, head to the BYU Museum of Art. The four-story museum houses a permanent exhibition and several traveling exhibits
Location: North Campus Drive, Provo
Camp Floyd State Park Museum
Camp Floyd serves as both a state park and a museum, complete with its own rich history. If you're looking to catch a glimpse of Utah from the past, this is the place to go!
Location: 18035 W. 1540 North, Fairfield
The Children's Museum of Utah (Discovery Gateway)
Discovery Gateway is a museum all about hands-on learning especially designed for children.
Location: The Gateway, 444 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City
Lehi's Hutchings Museum is a hands-on teaching museum filled with fossils, Native American artifacts, pioneer history and Wild West guns. It began with donations in 1956 from John and Eunice Hutchings and has grown since then.
Location: 55 North Center St., Lehi
The Leonardo is a modern museum with something for both children and adults, including interactive exhibits, art and more.
Location: 209 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City
Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum
The Bean Museum boasts hundreds of taxidermied specimens meant to teach visitors about species, environment and animal habitats.
Location: 645 E. 1430 North, Provo
Museum of Natural Curiosity
Utah Valley's newest museum offers more than 400 interactive experiences for very curious minds.
Location: 3605 Garden Drive, Lehi
Natural History Museum of Utah
The Natural History Museum of Utah has great interactive exhibits on the history of Utah, dinosaurs, astronomy and more.
Location: 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City
Museum of Ancient Life at Thanksgiving Point
Dive deep into the age of the dinosaurs and beyond at the Museum of Ancient Life at Thanksgiving Point.
Location: 2929 N. Thanksgiving Way, Lehi
Museum of Peoples and Cultures
The Museum of Peoples and Cultures is BYU's archaeological and anthropological museum. It was opened after BYU established an archaeology department in 1946. Its exhibits rotate periodically, so there is often something new to discover.
Location: 2201 North Canyon Road, Provo
Once the Peteetneet School, the Peteetneet Museum now houses an exhibition of pioneer artifacts, including the Henry Huber blacksmith shop.
Location: 10 North 600 East, Payson
Provo Pioneer Village
Visit the village on a Saturday and be treated to some awesome pioneer-style entertainment.
Location: 600 N. 500 West, Provo
Springville Museum of Art
From the Children’s Art Festival to the annual Summer Art Classes and regular family nights, the Springville MOA is a hotspot for families.
Location: 126 E. 400 South, Springville
This is the Place Heritage Park
This is the Place serves as host to a variety of fun activities, including train and pony rides, baby animal visits and even leather pressing and panning for gold.
Location: 2601 E. Sunnyside Ave., Salt Lake City
Wheeler Historic Farm
Glimpse into history on a Historic House Tour or even sign your little ones up for a fun and interactive summer camp at Wheeler's Historic Farm. You can learn more about the area, milk a cow or take a wagon ride around the farm.
Location: 9351 S. 900 East, Salt Lake City
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- Brigham Young University
- Museum Of Art
- Children's Museum Of Utah
- Discovery Gateway
- The Leonardo
- Hutchings Museum
- Salt Lake City
- Museum Of Ancient Life
- Thanksgiving Point
- Museum Of Peoples And Cultures
- Peteetneet Museum
- Provo Pioneer Village
- Pioneer Village
- Springville Museum Of Art
- This Is The Place Heritage Park
- This Is The Place
- Wheeler Farm
- Wheeler Historic Farm
- Life Science Museum
- Bean Museum
- Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum