The Museum of Church History and Art first opened its doors in 1984. But when the Church History Library and other similar buildings began construction in 2008, the building that housed hundreds of LDS art and artifacts from around the world shortened its name to the Church History Museum to make things more consistent.
In October, the Church History Museum, which draws thousands of visitors each year with both rotating and permanent exhibits, will close its doors for about a year. The Church News reports that the museum will close on October 5th, 2014 for renovations and is set to reopen sometimes in October of 2015 with an exciting new exhibit titled “The Heavens Are Open.”
Though the building will be closed, those who want to keep up with the Museum news are encouraged to follow Church History Museum on Facebook. Though we aren’t quite sure where all the artifacts will be while renovations are taking place, a few pieces are finding temporary homes elsewhere. For example, one of the oldest paintings in the Museum collection, “Joseph Interprets the Dream of Pharaoh’s Butler,” was sent to BYU on loan for the next year, according to a post earlier this month.
If you don’t have a chance to visit the Museum before renovations start, check out some of the online exhibits or International Art Competition galleries found at history.lds.org.