What are the best Salt Lake City museums?

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Caroline Patek

Satisfying your museum fix during a trip to Salt Lake City is easy; the city is home to a variety of cultural spots covering everything from pioneers to fine arts to natural history.
 
The Pioneer Memorial Museum, located at 300 N. Main St., offers an extensive collection of pioneer relics. A carriage house carries exhibits relating to transportation, including Brigham Young’s wagon and Pony Express items. Explore the lives of Salt Lake City’s earliest settlers, who traveled some 2,000 miles west from the Great Plains in search of a new life.
 
If art better suits your mood, head to the Utah Museum of Fine Arts for a slew of exhibits. You’ll see everything from Egyptian antiquities to contemporary American paintings are displayed here. Upcoming exhibits include “Bierstadt to Warhol: American Indians in the West” and “Mike Disfarmer: Cleburne County Portraits.”
 
The Utah Museum of Natural History, a stunning modern building at the Rio Tinto Center, houses a show-stopping three-story lobby — one wall is adorned with more than 500 museum pieces. Walk further into the building to explore the various exhibits that cover topics such as gems and minerals, first peoples, native voices, past worlds and more. For a bit of fresh air, walk out of the museum’s front doors to access the nearby Bonneville Shoreline Trail.

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