Econo Lodge Downtown
715 W. North Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
Phone: (801) 363-0062
Fax: (801) 359-3926
Arts & Museums
Located in a renovated turn-of-the-century spa, Discovery Gateway features a variety of hands-on exhibits for children of all ages. From digging for dinosaur bones and creating petroglyph rubbings, to experiencing the world from a wheelchair and exploring an artificial heart, children are encouraged to imagine and learn. Special programs are offered throughout the year, and you can even hold your child's birthday party at the museum.
Occupying an impressive limestone structure built in 1905; this interactive museum offers the young and young-at-heart an entertaining look at the universe. An ideal reward for kids who behaved well while touring nearby Temple Square, the museum encourages participation with simulated space flights, star shows and dancing laser lights. Its Hansen Dome Theater boasts of over 200 seats and is the first of its kind to give viewers the pleasure of exploring the universe in three dimension without the use of glasses. The theater has spectacular projectors and its state-of-the-art acoustics are second to none. In addition, the Clark Planetarium is home to an ATK IMAX Theater which showcases Hollywood blockbusters along with informative films. The films generated by the Clark Planetarium have reached corners of the globe, and some of their applauded shows are Perfect Little Planet, Gateway to the Stars, Extreme Planets and the Ultimate Universe. Astronomy courses are available for all ages in the summer and special programs are scheduled throughout the year. Call ahead to find out show timings.
Located in what was then in 1910, the crown jewel of the Denver and Rio Grande and Western Pacific railroad systems, the Utah State Historical Society is an appropriate tenant of the Renaissance Revival depot. The Society presents a permanent exhibit of Utah's unique cultural, industrial and social development and a number of changing exhibits. The Society also offers the Utah Information Center, a research facility for writers, historians and genealogists. The book and gift shop specializes in Utah and Western history. There is no admission fee.
This unique gallery in downtown Salt Lake City is a part of Very Special Arts Utah, and features seven to nine exhibits each year. These exhibits focus mainly on works by artists with disabilities. Most of the artwork relates to social issues, children's pieces, or work by artists who grew up in under-served or underdeveloped communities. Art Access Gallery is one of very few of its kind and lies near several other art galleries in Salt Lake, making it a convenient stop along your gallery stroll.
This visual arts organization provides reasonably priced studios and housing for more than 30 promising artists, as well as a place to display their work. Artspace comprises of 81,000 square feet of living and gallery space, complete with an urban garden, which occupies the south end of the building and includes a huge selection of beautiful plants and flowers. So, for a peaceful gallery and garden stroll that will give you a taste of the talent young Utah artists possess, make room in your day for this experience.
This museum traces the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the pioneers who built a city on the shores of the Great Salt Lake. Visitors enjoy exhibits including an original covered wagon and a selection of Joseph Smith's transcripts. Free 40-minute audio tours are available and exhibits are changed periodically to keep locals coming back for more. Children will enjoy the interactive exhibits and adults will appreciate the variety of the museum's excellent presentation of Mormon doctrine and history. Admission is free.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints encourages its patrons to trace genealogies for important religious rituals. For this reason, Salt Lake City, headquarters of the LDS Church, is home to some of the most extensive genealogical research facilities in the world. More serious than its friendly FamilySearch Center sibling, the Family History Library offers comprehensive records in catalog, computer, print, microfilm and microfiche formats. Visitors should begin their search at the user-friendly computers here or at the FamilySearch Center. Admission and use of the research records are free.
Changing exhibits of contemporary visual art are presented in a modern setting of light and wood. Numerous art workshops for both adults and children are available at UMOCA, along with educational film and performance programs. Take the kids here when they start to get bored by the summer. A small gift shop sells all things art-related. Come here to see what is happening in the Utah art scene. Admission is free.
Get your information here! Utah's most extensive visitors' bureau, this center provides guests an opportunity to plan their stay in Salt Lake City. Professional information specialists provide outstanding service and towers of brochures beckon. Exhibits introduce Utah history and a small shop provides one-stop souvenir shopping. Tickets for the Discovery Trolley can be purchased here, and free validated parking is available in the Crossroads Plaza garage across the street.
Because The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints encourages its members to trace their genealogical histories, many visitors to Salt Lake City spend considerable time in this interactive computer center and its more detail-oriented counterpart, Family History Library. Searchers plug in names, birthplaces and marriage dates, and the FamilySearch computers spit out mind-boggling arrays of genealogical records. Admission to the center is free, as is use of the 180 user-friendly FamilySearch computers. Serious searchers should call ahead for recommendations regarding pre-visit research.
The Daughters of the Utah Pioneers strive to preserve the history of their pioneer ancestors. This group has one of the country's most notable collections of pioneer artifacts including excellent displays about the lives of Brigham Young and Heber Kimball. Upper floors feature exhibits of dolls, handwork, clocks, weaponry and art. The Carriage House, a separate structure reached by underground walkway, is home to a variety of transportation devices ranging from an original pioneer wagon to a mule-powered streetcar. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
Coming to the Museum of Utah Art & History will give you a deep insight into the history of Utah. As you check out the sculptures, paintings and other artifacts, you will begin to develop an understanding about the culture of those who lived in this state many centuries ago. Children will find coming here quite useful since it presents history in an interesting visual context. So, spend some hours with your family—and if you want to educate your kids at the same time, you can head here for some "infotainment". For information on the exhibitions, check the website.