Museums and Historic Sites
Ancestor Square is a shopping center in St. George’s historic downtown. It has several boutiques and fun restaurants.
Brigham Young’s Winter Home
Brigham Young’s Winter Home in St. George is where the second Mormon prophet spent many winters since the weather was mild in St. George and really cold in Northern Utah. He was one of the area’s first snowbirds. The home now serves as a museum to enable visitors to understand life in Utah during the mid to late 1800s better.
Cove Fort is a historic site in Central Utah near the intersection of Interstates 15 and 70. This fort built in 1867 served as a spot for travelers — Mormon pioneers, Indians, traders, trappers, etc. — to stop for rest, get new supplies, and seek protection from Indian attacks. The historic site is run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Coyote Gulch Art Village
The Coyote Gulch Art Village is an enclave of art galleries in Ivins just west of St. George. Galleries feature work from local and regional artists.
Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum
The Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum aims to preserve Utah’s pioneer heritage by educating the public about the pioneers. The museum has many artifacts that are from the day-to-day pioneer life.
Grafton is a ghost town near Zion National Park. Since it is so photogenic the Robert Redford movies Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid with Paul Newman and The Electric Horseman with Jane Fonda were partially filmed here. However, the town is no longer open to the public.
Jacob Hamlin Home
Jacob Hamlin was a prominent early Mormon settler in the St. George area. He was sent as a missionary, but he mainly was a mediator and negotiator between the white settlers and the Indians. His home is a historic site that preserves his important contributions to the area.
Lost City Museum
The Lost City Museum serves as the headquarters for Boulder Dam State Park. It also houses artifacts of Anasazi Indians that were excavated as Lake Mead formed after the Hoover Dam was erected.
National Scenic Byway 12
Scenic Byway 12 is one of the country’s most scenic roadways, according to the government and Car and Driver magazine. The fact that the byway traverses an area that has three national parks, three state parks, a national recreation area, and a national monument indicates that this is truly a must-see area.
Pine Valley Chapel
The Pine Valley chapel is a quaint relic of the past. It is located in the green and heavily wooded town of Pine Valley in Dixie National Forest north of St. George. Since it is at a high elevation, it enjoys a remarkably lush environment for a desert area.
Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum
The Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum is in the Dixie Center in South St. George. It has exhibits and information about the animals that live in the Southern Utah region.
Silver Reef Museum
The Silver Reef Museum chronicles the colorful history of Silver Reef’s mining heritage. This industry brought Chinese, Irish, Welsh, and many other types of people to the town during the mid 1880s. Of course the town also had hotels, saloons, and restaurants to placate this diverse crowd. Silver Reef is a short drive north of St. George on Interstate 15.
St. George Art Museum
The St. George Art Museum is located in historic downtown St. George just across from the post office. It mainly features the art work of local and regional artists.
St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm
In 2000 Sheldon Johnson discovered some dinosaur tracks while leveling land on his farm in East St. George. He decided to protect them and eventually some of his land became this museum that now houses an impressive collection of dinosaur tracks and evidence of other prehistoric life.
St. George Tabernacle Historic Site
The St. George Tabernacle in historic downtown is one of the city’s oldest buildings. It was built by the early Mormon pioneers who settled here to hold large church meetings. Today, free tours are offered by missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who explain the history of the building and its relation to the city and area.
St. George Temple and Visitor Center
The St. George Temple is one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. It is a special building of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where devout and approved adult members going on days other than Sunday for special worship and to perform special ordinances. The temple opened in April 1877 after about 5.5 years of construction. For those who are interested in the temple but cannot enter, the visitor center adjacent to it is has missionaries and exhibits is a great place to learn more about the purpose of temples.
St. George Children’s Museum
The St. George Children’s Museum has a variety of unique play areas to encourage children to interact, have confidence, be independent, learn to socialize, and most of all, use their imagination! Each playroom is one of a kind and some were even designed specifically themed to the St. George area, which makes it a lot of fun for the kids to feel connected to the community. The St. George Children’s Museum is a lot of fun, conveniently located downtown at Town Square, and admission is minimal in comparison to the wonderful experience your child will leave with.