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Joseph and Hyrum Death Masks Among Artifacts to be Kept in Renovated Museum Exhibit (+ Photos)

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Thirty years after its opening, the Church History Museum on Temple Square in Salt Lake City will close on 6 October 2014, for one year to complete major interior renovations. The museum will be open through Sunday, 5 October, and will reopen in the fall of 2015 with a newly designed floor plan and exhibits.

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Many historically significant artifacts will be included in the new exhibit, including the Grandin printing press, John Taylor’s pocket watch, and the death masks of Joseph and Hyrum Smith. The new renovation allows for a more in-depth depiction of the early history of the Church, with many original documents and artifacts shown in a permanent installation for the first time.

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