A number of museums in the state also have exhibits pertaining to state and Mormon history, including the Mormon church-affiliated Museum of Church History and Art in Salt Lake City and the Pioneer Village Museum in Farmington. The Utah Museum of Fine Arts and the Utah Museum of Natural History are located on the campus of the University of Utah. Other museums in Utah include the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park in Vernal, which features exhibitions illustrating the geological and fossil history of the area around Dinosaur National Monument; the Children’s Museum of Utah in Salt Lake City; and the Fairview Museum of History and Art in Fairview.
The most noted libraries in Utah are in Salt Lake City. The Latter-day Saints’ Church History Library is the foremost private library in the state and the site of the largest collection of materials on Mormons and their religion in the world.
The Mormons also maintain the Family History Library. The oldest public library is the Salt Lake City Public Library, founded in 1898, and the largest is the Salt Lake County Public Library. Also at Salt Lake City are the Utah State Historical Society library and the state library. The leading university libraries are those at Brigham Young University, the University of Utah, and Utah State University, all of which house special collections on Mormon and Utah history.
Interest in the musical and dramatic arts was fostered by the early Mormon leaders in Utah, and talented Mormons were often called upon to serve the community as musicians and actors.
The Salt Lake Theater, opened in 1862, was the center of professional entertainment in Utah for more than 50 years. It was eventually torn down and smaller theaters and theater groups grew across the state, including the Roy W. and Elizabeth E. Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre and the Salt Lake Acting Company. The Sundance Film Festival is an internationally recognized celebration of independent motion pictures, held annually in Park City and nearby locations.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir was organized in the 1850s. The choir is frequently accompanied by the huge organ installed in the Tabernacle in 1867. The choir, with about 350 voices, is now known to audiences in the United States and abroad through its radio broadcasts, personal appearances, and recordings. Another outstanding musical group is the Utah Symphony. Dramatic activities are concentrated in the theaters of the state’s colleges and universities. "Utah" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia.
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