The Utah Museum of Fine Arts acquires, displays, studies and preserves a comprehensive collection of over 18,000 original art objects.
The museum started as a one-room art gallery in Park Building with a humble collection of 800 objects. Thanks to private gifts and donations, the gallery’s inventory grew until it was renovated into a full-blown museum upon the request of donors. The museum moved in 1970 following continued expansion. Construction of a new museum building began in 1998 to house art objects then numbering over 18,000 and spanning 5,000 years. In June 2001, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts opened its doors in the 74,000 square foot Marcia and John Price Museum Building.
Exhibits represent cultural artworks around the world from Egyptian antiquities to modern and contemporary American photography. Selections feature art from 1945, art of Utah & the West, Natacha Rambova's collection of 200 Egyptian art objects as well as member recommendations. Collection highlights can be experienced with a 30-minute tour with no pre-registration necessary.
Museum events cater to visitors of all ages whether they are students, families or teachers. Families can enjoy hands-on art projects while professionals can attend lectures and film screenings. Classes and educational programs are available to schools.
In addition to exhibits and events, the museum provides refreshments and art-related products. The Museum Cafe serves warm drinks, snacks and meals indoors and outdoors, while the Museum Store sells art-inspired gifts and books from local and international artists.
The museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums.