Headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Salt Lake City's top attractions. It is the global headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (popularly known as Mormons). The 35-acre area contains more than 15 attractions related to Mormon heritage and beliefs. It brings together rich history, gorgeous gardens and architecture, and vivid art and culture in the center of downtown.
Top Activities at Temple Square
*Please note the Temple will close on December 29, 2019 and will remain closed for approximately four years while undergoing a major structural and seismic renovation. It is expected to reopen in 2024. For more information which attractions and buildings will remain open in Temple Square, click here. For general information and routine updates, click here.
Salt Lake Temple
The impressive Salt Lake Temple took 40 years to build, between 1853 and 1893, and is one of the oldest attractions in the area. The temple is sacred to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and is not open for tours, you can stroll around the grounds and stop in the South Visitors’ Center to see a scale model of the temple and its interior.
*Please note: Due to the Temple's renovations, beginning January 1, 2020, the Conference Center will become the primary venue for the Temple Square guest experience. It will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily featuring unguided and guided tours in more than 40 languages, a statue of Jesus Christ, a cutaway model of the Salt Lake Temple, exhibitions of various temple artifacts and an orientation film about the history of the temple.
Good to Know
Fee-based, metered two-hour parking is available throughout the city and there is paid, underground parking beneath the Joseph Smith Memorial Building ($10 with validation available from dining at Temple Square's four restaurants) or City Creek Center Mall, which is free for the first two hours.
Dogs are not allowed on Temple Square, even on a leash.
Temple Square's renowned Christmas Lights display typically begins after Thanksgiving and runs through the New Year.