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“I love the artifacts and paintings!”

Pioneer Memorial Museum
Ranked #42 of 151 things to do in Salt Lake City
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Owner description: Museum containing memorabilia from the age of the American pioneers.
St. George, Utah
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5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“I love the artifacts and paintings!”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

It is so nice to get the real history of the Mormon Pioneers created so beautifully in this historic museum. Every display is so nicely presented, similar to the Smithsonian, every detail is captured here. Set aside some time for your visit. You don't want to miss a beat...

Visited December 2012
3 Thank Excitedaboutit
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Salt Lake, Utah
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“Layton's History”
Reviewed November 10, 2012

For a small town Layton has a wealth of history that you would never know if you had not grown up around here, so this is the place to find it out.

Visited June 2012
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Upminster, United Kingdom
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“Not so much a museum as a memorial to the pioneers”
Reviewed October 27, 2012

Fascinating place to visit. Roomfuls of displays of all the artifacts the pioneers carried with them. Good for the social history of the time, i.e. what was considered essential and desirable. Items are carefully presented and categorized. but there is a massive amount of stuff. Gives the appearance that anything that survived from that period has been gifted to the museum and is on display almost regardless of condition, duplication, provenance, etc. Interesting nevertheless if you have the time to look round. I found it very moving. However some of the labelling is old, faded, too small, ill placed and is difficult to read. Also a pity more refreshments aren't available.

Visited October 2012
4 Thank AmyMaudRose
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Phnom Penh
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“See the West as is once was, alive and vibrant and laying the foundation for what much of what we enjoy today!”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

It's not just a dead museum, IT'S ALIVE! It's like going back in time and seeing and talking with the people that lived and worked to lay the foundation for the luxuries we enjoy today. I've always liked the idea of "time travel," and this is about as close as I've come to it. Very well executed. Kudos for those playing the bygone roles of these Pioneers

Visited July 2012
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St. George, Utah
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“History in Every Step”
Reviewed July 14, 2012

I have visited this museum with school children over 20 times, and with my children and grandchildren as well. There is so much to see if you are interested in Utah Pioneer artifacts, documents, and photographs: Clothing, furniture, tools, weapons, linens, china, eyeglasses, dolls, musical instruments . . . it's all here. There are not interactive displays. It has changed little in fifty years. For history buffs and researchers, the docents can help locate specific articles. Each item is numbered and cataloged. If you go with children, be sure to ask for their scavenger hunt. It will take you on a fun adventure through the museum. Don't miss the restored fire engine (not a Pioneer relic but a "Wow!" to see). I discover something new and interesting every time I walk through. It's free and open daily Monday through Saturday. Bring a picnic lunch and eat on the State Capitol grounds (right across the street). Spend an hour or two at the museum and then take a 45 minute free guided tour of the Utah State Capitol. The parking is free, and the sites are very interesting and family friendly.

Visited October 2011
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