Utah Museum of Fine Arts
The Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) at the University of Utah welcomes the public back to the galleries on Wednesday, August 26. For everyone’s safety, the visitor experience will look and feel a little different, and all group activities—including new digital learning opportunities—will be offered online only.
The Museum’s top priority is to keep visitors and staff safe and healthy by preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the Marcia and John Price Museum Building.
Because circumstances may change at any time, visitors should check umfa.utah.edu/COVID-19 for complete and up-to-date information before they visit. Visitors may also call the UMFA welcome desk at 801.581.7332.
Here are the details:
UMFA members, docents and volunteers, and essential healthcare workers are invited to early reopening on Wednesday, August 19 through Friday, August 21. Admission will be free on those days.
New operating hours are Wednesdays through Fridays, noon to 5 pm. Seniors and high-risk visitors are invited to visit on these days between 11 am and noon.
Visitors and staff will be required to wear face coverings and maintain the recommended social distance of six feet between themselves and other visitors or household groups, in accordance with the University’s COVID-19 policy.
Visitors and staff may enter the building only if they’re healthy.
Visitors are strongly encouraged to reserve tickets in advance at umfa.utah.edu/visit. Tickets may also be purchased at the welcome desk upon arrival—but to guarantee entry, advanced tickets are recommended.
Visitor capacity will be limited to 100 guests at a time, and no groups larger than 10 will be admitted.
Touchpoints have been minimized, cleaning protocols are enhanced, and the building’s HVAC system has been assessed by U facilities experts and exceeds all Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.
While group tours and classroom visits are on pause, the UMFA offers new digital resources and tours, as well as new distance learning opportunities and digital classroom visits for K–12 educators and U professors.
All UMFA events and programs will be held online until further notice. Please visit the event calendar at https://umfa.utah.edu/events.
The Museum Store and Café
The Museum Store will be open Wednesday through Friday during Museum hours. The Museum Café will be open Monday through Friday for beverage service only.
What’s On View
The UMFA has extended the run of Beyond the Divide: Merchant, Artist, Samurai in Edo Japan, a popular exhibition drawn from the Museum’s collection of Japanese art. Visitors can also see Utah Women Working for Better Days!, a celebration of voting rights anniversaries that opened just a week before the Museum closed on March 13. Four spectacular paintings by renowned artists Georgia O’Keeffe, Thomas Moran, Alma Thomas, and Diego Rivera, on loan from national institutions, also remain on view. For information on all current temporary exhibitions, please visit https://umfa.utah.edu/temporary.
Visit https://umfa.utah.edu/museum-at-home for digital art-inspired content and art-making activities.
The Utah Museum of Fine Arts at the University of Utah is your destination for global visual arts. From ancient objects to the latest contemporary works, the UMFA galleries—reimagined and remodeled in 2017—connect you to the breadth and depth of human history and creativity.
As the fine arts museum for both the state and the University, the UMFA is a vibrant hub for cultural exchange among campus and community audiences. Visitors enjoy ongoing exhibitions drawn from the permanent collection, temporary exhibitions from around the world, talks and panel discussions by renowned artists and thinkers, gallery tours, art making and other creative activities for families and adults, films, in-person and online resources for U of U students and faculty, and outreach for K–12 teachers and schools around the state. Admission is free on the first Wednesdays and third Saturdays of every month, thanks to support from Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks (ZAP).