As we head full speed into shoulder season in Park City, we are revisiting our list of activities for when the weather is less than perfect. With 229 sunny days a year (compared to the country average of 200), less-than-favorable weather certainly doesn’t last long. But it’s good to have some indoor activities in your back pocket.
One of our favorite indoor activities is visiting one of Park City’s museums. This is a great way to spend some alone time, time with family or time with out-of-town guests, regardless of the weather. While you won’t find fine works of art, such as the Van Gogh Irises pictured above, our local museums provide a great perspective into the history of our town. The below museums are in and around Park City, Utah.
Park City Museums
Park City Museum
Located at 528 Main St., the Park City Museum’s mission is to preserve, protect and promote Park City’s heritage. Learn how early settlers made their way to Park City, see the “ski subway” and the original town jail. From the Mega Mine to the Fire of 1898, there is plenty to learn about Park City time and time again.
Group tours of the museum and historical walking tours of town are available, but be sure to check the website for updates. The museum makes exploring our history extra fun for children with “Park City History Detectives”. It’s a great way to get the whole family involved in a museum mystery. Visit http://parkcityhistory.org for hours and information.
Alf Engen Ski Museum
The best thing about the Alf Engen Ski Museum isn’t just that admission is free, it’s that it’s all about the history of skiing! The exhibits are varied and are sure to bring a smile to your face. Be sure to check out the Hall of Fame, the Avalanche Exhibit, snowboarding history, and Stein Eriksen. Last but not least, don’t forget the fun skiing fashion exhibit. There’s something for everyone at the ski museum. Visit the website for an interactive library, info about school trips, and hours: https://www.engenmuseum.org
Summit County Historical Museum
Get a taste of the way we were when you visit the Summit County Historical Museum. Located on Main Street in Coalville, this is small jaunt from Park City that may be worthwhile.
Not only are many artifacts preserved here, the organizers consider it a great tribute to our heritage. Docent-guided tours of the museum and courthouse are available.
Commemorative Utah Air Force
The CAF Utah Museum in Heber is worth mentioning in the way that they honor American military aviation. They have several notable aircraft for special events and flights, upon request.
Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museums
Also of note, there are four Daughters of Utah Pioneers museums in Summit County: in Coalville, Francis, Kamas Valley and Henefer.
Which are your favorite museums? Any other ways you prefer to spend some time indoors while still getting out of the house and learning something new?