and the history: Utah’s first museum for the visual arts, this beautiful Spanish Morrocan Style building would be worth visiting even if there were no art. Dedicated as a “Sanctuary of Beauty and a Temple of Contemplation ” by David O. McKay, the Museum houses over 2,000 works; 1,500 of which are Utah art. The impressive collection of 150 years of Utah fine art, twentieth century Soviet Socialist Realism and American art, and 15 exhibitions per year are displayed throughout 29 galleries.
and the founders: As expressed by the Museum's founders, our vision is that the absolutes of truth, beauty and pathos, sensitivity and power of fine art to "refine the minds of youth and build character in all people," [John Hafen] and that "art is a necessity for a well ordered life" [Cyrus E. Dallin]. Our goal is to promote the Museum as "a sanctuary of beauty and a temple of contemplation" [David O. McKay].
Enjoy your visit as much as I did!