Salt Lake City, UT 84150
- Phone 2:
- In the heart of downtown Salt Lake City
Temple Square is the most popular attraction in the state with several million annual visitors. It occupies a full city block in the heart of Salt Lake City. High walls surround the complex, with wrought iron gates providing ingress on all four sides. Within is the magnificent Mormon Temple, the Mormon Tabernacle and Assembly Hall, as well as various monuments, statuary and two visitor centers.
The Mormon Temple
With a gleaming white quartzite facade and multiple spires that soar heavenward, the Mormon Temple is a truly inspiring building. Only LDS members are permitted within, but you may admire it from outside.
Adjacent to the Temple is the intriguing domed Tabernacle, home to the world renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the 12,000-pipe Mormon Tabernacle Organ. Though the building has a somewhat understated exterior, it is truly splendid inside. It has such extraordinary acoustics that a pin dropped on stage with a full crowd can be clearly heard in back -- 170 feet away. You can witness this demonstration and a more purposeful demonstration of its acoustics at the regularly scheduled daily organ recitals. The choir also performs on a weekly basis.
Across from the Tabernacle is the attractive, gothic Assembly Hall. (Pictured below.) It boasts a beautiful hand carved wood interior and its own impressive 3,500 pipe organ. It is now mainly used for concerts, specifically the Temple Square Concert Series on Friday and Saturday nights.
The beautiful Temple Square frequently hosts performances and cultural events. Most of these performances are free to the public. Due to the very high demand for tickets to some events in past years, certain event tickets are distributed through a random selection process and must be requested online. For more information on Temple Square performances, click here.
Temple Square is open daily from 9am - 9pm. You can expect to be greeted by eager, cheerful, young Mormon women at every gate. You may also be invited to take one of the tours of the grounds that depart from the flagpole every 10 minutes.
Hours + Fees
Near Temple Square is the Beehive House, the large, attractive former home of Brigham Young. Free, thirty to forty minute tours are given of the restored interior of the house.
Joseph Smith Memorial Building
Just to the east of Temple Square is the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, the former Hotel Utah. Its ornate lobby is worth a look. It also contains the FamilySearch Center with 200 personal computers for your use in tracing your family ancestry.
LDS Church Office Building
The LDS Office Building adjacent to Temple Square has an observation deck on the 26th floor providing a great view of Salt Lake City, the Wasatch Mountains, and the surrounding valley.
The Lion House is the one time living quarters for Brigham Young, renowned early leader of the Mormon church. It is mainly used as a catered dining and reception center. The Pantry is open to the public for lunch Monday to Friday.
Mormon Pioneer Memorial
Marks the gravesite of Brigham Young, the renowned Mormon leader who led his church to Utah.