The objects, art works, and artifacts in the care of our department aren't simply collections of stuff. Every piece cradled in a corrugated box reminds us of our roots, whether a whisper in time or a catastrophic event.
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A MUSEUM THAT CONNECTS UTAHNS THROUGH STORIES
There are many stories of the past that have shaped who we are today — and who we’ll be tomorrow. The Museum of Utah will exhibit Utah’s vast collection of historic artifacts, letters, photographs, manuscripts and fine art that bring Utah’s memory and meaning to life.
The Museum of Utah has the opportunity to bring Utahns together by sharing the stories of inventors, indigenous cultures, miners, settlers, artists, activists and more from their perspectives, side by side, while inviting visitors to add their stories along the way.
A GATHERING PLACE ON THE UTAH STATE CAPITOL CAMPUS
Thanks to the vision and support of Governor Gary R. Herbert and the Utah State Legislature, Utah’s vast collection of artifacts and art will be protected and shared in a new museum on the Utah State Capitol Complex. Planning has begun for this new building that will include collections storage, exhibition, education and gathering spaces.
The Department of Heritage & Arts is working with a Museum Advisory Committee, an Interpretive Planning Team, business planning consultants, architects, a Building Steering Committee, museum professionals and community volunteers to develop a project that strikes the right balance between the preservation needs of the collection, the education and exhibition potential of the building, and the responsible use of public funds to make it all happen.
Hopi Kachina — Shalako Mana Earl Denet, 2001
Every state has a rich history, and Utah is no exception
The collections held in trust by the Utah Department of Heritage & Arts are a treasure trove of manuscripts, rare books, historical artifacts, photographs, paintings, sculpture, and folk art. Each object offers insights into understanding and celebrating Utah’s people, places, and cultures.
For nearly four decades, our state’s collections have been warehoused in the basement of the Rio Grande Depot and Art Haus with physical and environmental conditions that limit the ability of an entire generation of state employees to properly collect, preserve, and share the collections. Consequently, the public has not had the opportunity to benefit from them. Collections in both buildings face daily threats because of inadequate environmental controls, deteriorated building systems, and destructive natural processes.
The Museum of Utah will protect our treasures and share them with all.