Mormon History Museum to Close for Renovations
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon Church History museum is closing for one year for a total renovation of the 30-year-old building. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says the Salt Lake City museum will close on Oct. 6, following the biannual general conference.
It is scheduled to reopen in the fall of 2015 with a new floor plan and exhibits. Among the items that will be put in storage are the plaster death masks made of the faces of church founder Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum Smith after they were killed in 1844.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that exhibit director Kurt Graham said the renovated museum will focus more on Jesus Christ and make it clearer that the faith is a Christian church.