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“Well, they try”

Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Ranked #57 of 166 things to do in Salt Lake City
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) at the University of Utah is your destination for global visual arts. From ancient objects to the latest contemporary works, the UMFA galleries—newly reimagined and remodeled—showcase the breadth and depth of human history and creativity. The Museum’s collection of nearly 20,000 original works of art is the most dynamic in the region. Featuring ongoing exhibitions from the permanent collection, temporary exhibitions from around the world, talks and panel discussions by renowned artists and thinkers, gallery tours, art making and other creative activities for families and adults, films and lectures, The Museum Cafe, and The Museum Store.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Lockers / storage, Activities for older children
Reviewed January 2, 2012

Unfortunately, there is not much of a visual arts tradition in Utah. This means that the museum lacks a base of cultured donors like the ones responsible for great museums in other provincial U.S. cities (Toledo, Ohio springs to mind, among others.) The quality of paintings and sculptures is low. The exhibits are good for elementary kids who need some art exposure. The curator does have a remedial plan, which is to concentrate on contemporary art. This is a good plan, because there is lots and lots of contemporary art to be found, and nobody knows if it is good or bad until the curator tells them.

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Reviewed November 21, 2011

On the University of Utah campus with good parking and access. Exhibits are world class and change fairly frequently.

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Reviewed November 17, 2011

Beware of what you purchase here. You may think you are buying locally made Indian items and I found stickers on many pieces from Indonesia. I was very disappointed.

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Reviewed November 1, 2011

We actually went here with friends. One of our friends had donated art to this museum so we enjoyed a personal tour with the director and curator. Enjoyed a wonderful lunch after at the museum cafe.

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Reviewed June 19, 2011

This is a very good museum on the campus of the U. of Utah with free visitor parking. The interior design is spectacular with a center gallery that is 2 to 3 stories high and dramatic stairs leading to the 2nd floor. The art work is eclectic. Excellent American and Western art--Remington Bronco Buster, Dixon, Gilbert Stuart, Sargent, etc. European art was OK, but not great. Interesting temporary exhibits, especially Levitt photographs. This place is worth a viist and is is a member of the North American Reciprocal Museums (NARM) so it is free to members of other museums. There is also a small cafe.

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