Sight, the workhorse of the five senses, puts in too many hours keeping man from falling in manholes. Reward the most overworked sense with today's Groupon: for $7, you get two adult general-admission tickets (a $14 total value) to the Utah Museum of Fine Arts on the University of Utah campus. Children under 6 are admitted for free. Click here for a list of visitor types that receive discounts every day.
A member of the American Association of Museums, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts has amassed a permanent collection of more than 18,000 original works dating from antiquity to the contemporary era. The current exhibition, Africa: Arts of a Continent, gives patrons glimpses into the spirit world and afterlife using masks, ancestral African sculptures, and a late-26th-dynasty Egyptian sarcophagus whose friendly mummy sometimes waves to people he deems funny. For more contemporary contemplation, salt 3:Cyprien Gaillard showcases the French artist’s Romanticism-infused films and installations examining modern landscapes and architectural ruins of the recent past. Starting July 21, the works of Utah artist LeConte Stewart will juxtapose images of progress with the consequences of economic upheaval in his Depression Era Art, featuring more than 100 paintings, drawings, and elaborate 1930s Game Boy tableaux selected from collections both private and public throughout the West.
The Utah Museum of Fine Arts enlightens auditory learners with free audio-gallery guides transmitted via personal cell phones, MP3 players from the visitor-services desk, or iPod downloads.
Utah Museum of Fine Arts
The Utah Museum of Fine Arts lives in the Marcia & John Price Museum Building, a space that is itself a masterwork of blending volumes and light. Inside, the facility houses a permanent collection of more than 20,000 works of art, ranging from antiquity—such as a sarcophagus from the 26th Dynasty of Egypt—to modern day, including paintings by John Singer Sargent and photographs by Ansel Adams. The museum staff constantly rotates special exhibitions, covering diverse topics such as automobile design, Native American history, and modern art.
410 Campus Center Dr.
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112