Completed in 1867, the Salt Lake City Tabernacle is an architectural marvel famous for its remarkable acoustics: A pin dropped at the pulpit can be heard clearly at the back of the hall 170 feet (52 meters) away. Home of the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the church hosts concerts and tours that attract visitors from all over the world.
Tours of the Salt Lake City Tabernacle are free, and you can time your visit to catch a live performance by one of the most recognized and beloved choirs in the world, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Visitors can listen to the choir practice on Thursday evenings or attend a live Sunday morning broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word, the longest-running national broadcast in the country.
Many guided tours of Salt Lake City include a stop at the tabernacle as part of a visit to Temple Square, Utah’s most visited attraction. In addition to Temple Square, some tours include other city sights such as the Utah State Capitol and the Pony Express Monument.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Tickets to the live Sunday morning broadcast performance of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir are free.
- Sunday best or business-style dress is recommended for Sunday choir performances.
- The Mormon Tabernacle Choir rehearses on Thursday evenings from 7:30pm to 9:30pm, and rehearsals are free and open to the public.
- Thirty-minute organ recitals are given daily in the tabernacle and conference center at Temple Square.
How to Get There
The Tabernacle, located in Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City, is easily reached by bus or TRAX, Salt Lake City’s light rail system. Take the TRAX blue or green line to Temple Square or City Center, both within a block of Temple Square, or any number of buses that stop along North Temple Street. Bus and train transportation within the city’s Free Fare Zone, which includes Temple Square, is free.
When to Get There
The Salt Lake Tabernacle can be visited year-round, although the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performs in the conference center on Temple Square during the summer months to accommodate larger crowds. The choir’s performance schedule may change during the holidays and tickets may be required for special holiday performances, so check ahead to avoid disappointment.
Others Things to See at Temple Square
In addition to the historical tabernacle, Temple Square also features two visitors center, the magnificent Salt Lake City Temple and reflecting ponds, monuments, fountains, gardens, and more. Free guided tours of Temple Square are available daily in over 40 languages.