Cultural Tour of Salt Lake City (Self Guided), Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City has a rich and storied history, which is reflected in its cultural institutions and landmarks. The city attracts many tourists with its historic buildings, modern art and architecture. The following tour will guide you to the city's most popular cultural landmarks.
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Guide Name: Cultural Tour of Salt Lake City
Guide Location: USA » Salt Lake City (See other walking tours in Salt Lake City)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 Km or 2.5 Miles
Author: tamara
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Public Library
  • Southam Gallery
  • Capitol Theatre
  • Salt Lake City Art Center
  • Abravanel Hall
  • Family History Library
  • Phillips Gallery
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Public Library

1) Public Library (must see)

The Salt Lake City Public Library system's main branch building is an architecturally unique structure. The main library is a 240,000 square foot, five-story tall, wedge-shaped building. The library has a collection of over 500,000 books, as well as subscriptions to over 60 newspapers and magazines and 163 internet-capable computers. One of its features is the five-story curved glass wall. The whole library depends on natural lighting and the five-story glass wall allows a great deal of light in the building. Outside the library is Library Square, which is paved with limestone from Israel. A rooftop garden, planted with trees, grasses, flowering bulbs and various perennial plants, completes the structure. The library won Library Journal's '2006 Library of the Year' award.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Southam Gallery

2) Southam Gallery

Linda S. Southam founded her self-named gallery in 1982, offering the public quality artwork and high quality service. The friendly staff at the gallery will gladly help answer any of your questions. The majority of the art on display was created by Utah artists.
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Capitol Theatre

3) Capitol Theatre (must see)

Capitol Theatre hosts the Utah Opera Company, Ballet West, and Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, as well as major touring companies on occasion. The theater building was constructed in 1913 and was originally designed to show silent movies and musical reviews. Today it features a variety of stage productions, remaining busy year-round.
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Salt Lake City Art Center

4) Salt Lake City Art Center

Salt Lake City Art Center was founded by activist and visionary Alta Rawlins Jensen in the early 1930s during the Great Depression. The center moved to its present location in 1979. Focusing on sculpture, architecture and Abstract Expressionism, the center offers contemporary exhibitions, educational programs and activities for people of all ages. The center also organizes ceramic and photography classes, giving students the opportunity to work with local artists.
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Abravanel Hall

5) Abravanel Hall (must see)

Abravanel Hall is a concert hall that is home to the Utah Symphony and Opera and is part of the Salt Lake County Center for the Arts. The hall is an architectural landmark in the city and is adjacent to Temple Square and the Salt Palace on South Temple Street. Abravanel Hall first opened in September 1979 and was originally known as Symphony Hall. It was renamed in May 1993 for Maurice Abravanel, conductor of the Utah Symphony. The hall is actually a concrete building within a brick building and was designed by Dr. Cyril M. Harris to provide an environment of acoustic excellence. The hall is rectangular in shape, similar to some of the world's finest symphony halls, such as Grosser Musikvereinssaal in Vienna, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and Symphony Hall in Boston.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Family History Library

6) Family History Library (must see)

The Family History Library is a genealogical research facility provided and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The origins of the Family History Library can be traced to the founding of the Genealogical Society of Utah in 1894. The first library was located in the office of the Church Historian at 58 East South Temple. The library was located in the Church Office Building when it opened in 1971 but moved to its current location at 35 North West Temple Street in 1985. Its main purpose is to fulfill one of the LDS Church's fundamental tenets: that deceased family members, especially ancestors, can be baptized by proxy into the LDS church, as well as receive other saving ordinances. These ordinances are performed in temples. It is the largest genealogical library in the world and is open to the general public at no charge.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Phillips Gallery

7) Phillips Gallery

Phillips Gallery is the oldest commercial gallery on the west side of Salt Lake City. It presents pieces from well-known local and regional artists, including oil paintings, sculptures, photography and ceramics. The subject matter varies from traditional to contemporary. The gallery also offers a variety of services such as framing, restoration, installation, crating and space planning. The gallery's primary goal is to make the local community more aware of the visual arts.

Walking Tours in Salt Lake City, Utah

Create Your Own Walk in Salt Lake City

Create Your Own Walk in Salt Lake City

Creating your own self-guided walk in Salt Lake City is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Salt Lake City Temple Square Tour

Salt Lake City Temple Square Tour

Salt Lake City is famous for its ties to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), also known as the Mormon Church. This tour around Temple Square will lead you to the Church's headquarters, the breathtaking Salt Lake City Temple and some beautiful, historic homes.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 Km or 0.7 Miles
Historic Sites Tour of Salt Lake City

Historic Sites Tour of Salt Lake City

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has played a strong role in the history of Salt Lake City. The city is the headquarters of the church, and many prominent buildings and landmarks relate directly to the church. Take this tour to visit some of Salt Lake City's interesting historic sites.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 Km or 2.9 Miles
Children's Entertainment Tour of Salt Lake City

Children's Entertainment Tour of Salt Lake City

In addition to Salt Lake City's historic and cultural landmarks, there are many attractions that will entertain and delight your children. Visit the city's museums, theaters and parks, and enjoy some family fun time. Take this tour to visit the best kid-friendly attractions in Salt Lake City!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Tour of Salt Lake City's University Area

Tour of Salt Lake City's University Area

The neighborhood home to the University of Utah, located just east of downtown, has a mixture of old and new homes and apartments. Many cultural institutions offer activities for people all ages. The area is fun to visit for its diverse architecture, historic buildings and natural beauty. Take this tour to see the best of Salt Lake's University Area.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.0 Km or 5.6 Miles
Shopping Tour of Salt Lake City

Shopping Tour of Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City has something to please every shopper. Here you can purchase antiques, wine, jewelry, art and much more! Take this tour to visit the best shops in Salt Lake City, and find yourself a fabulous souvenir.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 Km or 3.3 Miles
Tour of Salt Lake City's Downtown

Tour of Salt Lake City's Downtown

Salt Lake City has a bounty of artistic and cultural landmarks and the city continues to add more every year. This tour will help you enjoy the modern architectural sights in downtown Salt Lake City, including some of the city's first skyscrapers.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles