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Temple Square reopening to the public as renovations continue

One of the central features of the Conference Center experience in Salt Lake City is a replica of sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen’s masterpiece, the Christus.

One of the central features of the Conference Center experience in Salt Lake City is a replica of sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen’s masterpiece, the Christus. (Intellectual Reserve, Inc. )



SALT LAKE CITY — Temple Square, Utah's most visited tourist attraction at the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, will begin reopening to the public on Monday, June 14.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officials announced in 2019 that the historic Salt Lake Temple and surrounding grounds would begin massive renovations to shore up their foundations and open up the grounds.

At the time, they said the Conference Center would be the main venue and starting point for visitors. But after the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, church leaders halted those operations.

In a news release, church leaders said their 21,000-seat Conference Center will be the first building reopening on Temple Square. That should begin Monday. Other historic buildings around the block will open thereafter.

Here's the timeline for what you can expect throughout the Temple Square phased reopening.

The Conference Center

"The public will again be welcomed to visit and tour the Conference Center beginning June 14," church officials said Tuesday. "The experience will initially be open with limited hours (11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily) and will include 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 church said there will also be immersive and interactive experiences throughout the building. Those should showcase the history and significance of the Salt Lake Temple. They will also display historic artifacts from the temple.

Assembly Hall, Tabernacle, history libraries

The Assembly Hall, Salt Lake Tabernacle, Family History Library and Church History Library will all open to the public once again starting July 6 with limited hours.

For the Assembly Hall and Tabernacle, each building will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The organ concerts, rehearsals and other concerts will remain on hold for now.

The Family History Library will be open longer, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m Monday through Friday.

According to the release, the Church History Library will open its reading room by appointment from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. They will also reopen presentations for groups of 25 or fewer.

Beehive House and Church History Museum

The Beehive House and Church History Museum will reopen to the public on Aug. 2.

Beehive House will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and the Church History Museum will be open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with fewer hours on Friday, and Saturday where they'll be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Visitor guidelines

The church said all visitors are welcome on Temple Square and recommends that face masks be worn by anyone who has not yet been fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

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