The Education in Zion Gallery at BYU offers a unique experience where you can be uplifted, educated, and enlightened at no cost. The exhibition examines the importance of educating the whole soul through the stories of men and women who sacrificed much to create and pass on the educational heritage that has shaped The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and BYU.
When first walking into the room on the third floor of the Joseph Fielding Smith Building, the visitor is greeted by a beautiful flood of light from the east-facing wall windows. The information desk is easily accessible on the right, where a time can be set for a free tour. Otherwise, daily tours are led at 1:00 p.m. for which no prior scheduling is needed. If you continue on the right side of the museum, you will find yourself in “The Glorious Dream of Zion” exhibit, where you can learn about the Church’s history from 1830–1882, including the restoration of the Priesthood keys. Traveling further into the exhibit, you will learn about the founding and development of the Church’s academies, seminaries, and institutes from 1875–1950.
The permanent exhibit at the Education in Zion Gallery is twofold. On the left side of the gallery is “The Ascent of Church Education” exhibit, which beautifully displays BYU’s founding vision and its educational pioneers. Further into the exhibit, you can learn how BYU has worked to protect and promote true academic freedom in order to maintain a religious university in a secular world.
In addition to a wealth of inspiring knowledge, the Education in Zion Gallery offers “Music Fridays,” family home evening programs, and rotating exhibitions. If you visit the museum now, you can walk up the stairs to enjoy the “Healer’s Art: A Celebration of the College of Nursing” exhibit or the “Politicians Visit BYU” exhibit. For children’s entertainment, there is a hidden photo challenge: Those who can find the hidden photo will receive a gift card to the BYU Bookstore.
Overall, a visit to the Education in Zion Gallery is educational and inspiring. The whole family can enjoy artwork, artifacts, and videos, with plenty of seating areas available. If you are planning to visit BYU, be sure to stop by the gallery to feel its inspiration and learn what it has to teach.
The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Monday and Wednesday evenings until 9:00 p.m. On Saturdays the gallery is open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It is closed Sundays and during university breaks and devotionals. Admission is completely free.
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