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Church History Museum and Beehive House are the latest buildings to reopen on Temple Square

Lion House and Relief Society Building still closed but will reopen at future date

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David and Meghan Hernandez, and their 4-month-old son Jacob, of Ft. Worth, Texas, tour the Church History Museum.

David and Meghan Hernandez, and their 4-month-old son Jacob, of Ft. Worth, Texas, tour the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City on Monday, Aug. 2, 2021. The museum reopened to the public Monday after an extended closure due to COVID-19.

Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

The Church History Museum and the Beehive House are the latest buildings to reopen to the public on Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.

Both buildings reopened Monday morning after closing more than 16 months ago because of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

People at the Church History Museum are thrilled to see the doors open again, Alan Johnson, the museum’s director, told the Church News.

Front desk staff await visitors at the Church History Museum. The museum reopened this week after an extended closure for COVID-19.

Front desk staff await visitors at the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City on Monday, Aug. 2, 2021. The museum reopened to the public Monday after an extended closure due to COVID-19.

Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

“We’re just excited to let people come back, join us and connect with the history of the Church, especially at this time with the temple being renovated,” Johnson said in the article. “We’re just excited to have the docents back, we’re excited to have the public back, we’re just excited to get back to work.”

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began a phased reopening of Temple Square, one of Utah’s top tourist attractions, in June, starting with the Conference Center. The Assembly Hall, the Salt Lake Tabernacle, Family History Center and Church History Library reopened in July.

Church History Museum

Church History Museum is now open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

One exhibit in the Church History Museum features a quilt made by Emma Green in 1893.

A quilt made by Emma Green Bull for the 1893 World’s Fair is featured in the Sisters for Suffrage exhibit at the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City on Monday, Aug. 2, 2021. The museum reopened to the public Monday after an extended closure due to COVID-19.

Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

The relocation of “Mormon Trails” from the second floor to the lower lever was the only major change during the extended closure, Johnson said.

The following exhibits are available: 

Beehive House

The Beehive House is available to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Which buildings have not yet reopened?

The Lion House and the Relief Society Building have not yet reopened. The church has said they will reopen at a future date.

For more information, visit templesquare.org.