Utah Museum of Fine Arts: Your Destination for Inspiration

 

Explore the region’s most dynamic collection of global art at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts at the University of Utah. Featuring artworks that span the history of human creation, the UMFA offers infinite opportunities to connect with, learn from, and be inspired by visual art.

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts at The University of Utah

You’ll discover everything from European paintings to African sculpture to the latest contemporary art through fun, hands-on experiences for families and adults. All this in the award-winning Marcia and John Price Museum Building—itself a work of art.

There’s always something new to see at the UMFA. Here are four fun things to do when you visit:

Revel in iconic Utah landscapes

See Utah and the West’s stunning mountains and deserts from a new perspective: through the eyes of master painters and a renowned contemporary artist. In the Museum’s award-winning American and regional galleries, explore landscapes by internationally known artists and influential Utah painters. In the Great Hall, take a virtual hike around the city’s namesake body of water with contemporary artist Spencer Finch’s Great Salt Lake and Vicinity, based on Finch’s own journey around the lake.

American and Regional Galleries at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Explore masks across time and cultures

UMFA galleries are alive with a fascinating variety of masks that illuminate the mysteries of human identity. Check out traditional masks made of wood and other natural materials in the Arts of Africa and Arts of the Pacific galleries, and learn how they function in rituals and cultural events, as objects of prestige, or in everyday life. 

African Masks at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Get creative, find inspiration or take a breather.

From yoga, mindfulness and music to talks and tours, the UMFA is a great place to engage your senses, get inspired and connect with friends and family. Need a space to clear your mind? UMFA has reading nooks (Trailhead, Basecamp and Lookout) where you can get cozy and learn more about the art on view. Grab a bite or a specialty drink at The Museum Café and enjoy its nice big patio. Pick up a postcard of a favorite artwork or a one-of-a-kind locally crafted item at the popular Museum Store.

Bring the kids.

Looking for kid-friendly activities? The UMFA has you covered. Check out a Family Backpack at the welcome desk (free with admission) and give your children hands-on and close-looking activities that help them connect with individual art objects and the cultures they represent. Let the kids learn about art at a fun interactive station in the family-focused Basecamp area while you relax on comfy seating. Then come make art in the Museum during the free Third Saturday for Families program. There’s a different project every month, always related to the artwork on view.

Your little ones will love exploring art with the Family Backpack program

Admission is free the first Wednesday and third Saturday of every month, and the Museum is open late on Wednesday nights. It’s located on the U’s easily accessible south campus, between Rice-Eccles Stadium and the Huntsman Center. Take Trax to the University South Campus stop (red line), just a five-minute walk from the Museum.

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Plan your visit now.