Museum offers something for everyone

Don't forget to include at least an afternoon at the Museum of Church History and Art during 2004. Besides its popular permanent exhibit that chronicles the history of the Church, several temporary exhibits are currently on display, according to the museum's Web site.

• "Boyd K. Packer: The Lifework of an Amateur Artist" features wildlife paintings and sculpture created by President Packer, acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve. The items included in the exhibit reflect seven decades of artwork and reveal the Church leader's love of nature and religious convictions.

The exhibit — located in the museum's upper level — will be on display until Sept. 6, 2004.

• "Landscape and Life: The Rural Setting of the Latter-day Saints" depicts key elements of the rural landscape in Utah as portrayed in artwork and photographs by artists such as LeConte Stewart, J.T. Harwood, John Hafen, C.R. Savage and J. George Midgley.

The exhibit runs through April 18, 2004, in the lower level.

• "You Have a Family Tree" is an interactive introduction to family history where parents and children of all ages can share, play and learn together.

The exhibit, which is open but still being developed, will be on display in the museum's upper level until early 2006.

• "Music and the Spoken Word." For the past 75 years, millions of listeners have been inspired by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's radio broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word. The story of the world's longest continuous network program is told through historical documents, photographs and memorabilia.

"Music and the Spoken Word" runs through Oct. 17, 2004, in the museum's upper level.

Museum curators are also preparing for future exhibits that could be ready for display this year. The museum's seventh International Art Competition is slated for 2006.

The Museum of Church History and Art is located at 45 N. West Temple in Salt Lake City, across the street from the west entrance of Temple Square. Museum hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free.

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