Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts
The Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts is the only museum in the country dedicated to displaying a state-owned collection of contemporary folk art. It features objects made by Utah artists from the state’s American Indian, rural, occupational and ethnic communities. The Museum offers a snapshot of Utah’s heritage and contemporary culture. The Chase Home, built more than 150 years ago in a traditional hall-and-parlor style from adobe bricks, is a fine example of 19th century folk art.
The mission of the Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts is to bring together Utah's diverse cultures and communities to preserve and celebrate their traditions. We strive to accomplish this mission by providing and creating a space where various groups of people can engage with folk and traditional arts through exhibitions, workshops, guided tours, school field trips, and community events. The Chase Home Museum hosts a variety of events in partnership with community organizations that include: artist visits, demonstrations, meet-ups, concerts, and performances.
The Chase Home Museum is always free and open to the public during posted hours. The ground level has two exhibition galleries as well as a timeline with information about the history of Liberty Park, the Chase family and the Chase Home. There are two exhibition galleries on the second level that are only accessible by stairs. The museum also houses a small library of folk and traditional arts related resources that are available for browsing while at the museum.
Community Engagement & Workshops
A gallery located on the first floor is used as a space to facilitate engagement with contemporary folk and traditional arts and artists. Throughout the year, the Chase Home Museum hosts a variety of events that include: temporary exhibitions by local artists, hands-on activities geared towards children, and artist facilitated workshops where participants learn the history and techniques of different traditional arts. Follow our Facebook page for the latest announcements about events hosted in our community gallery.
Guided Tours & Field Trips
The Chase Home Museum offers guided tours and educational activities for groups of all ages. The museum is a wonderful destination to learn about local communities, traditions, and arts. Tours and field trips can be tailored to the interests and comprehension level of any group. We also offer educational activities for school groups to help students apply what they learn in the museum. Tours typically take 30-60 minutes.
For large school field trips, please familiarize yourself with our School Tour Information document to see if the Chase Home Museum is a good location for your group.
The Chase Home Museum offers several educational activities for students, K-12. These activities ask students to evaluate traditional folk arts and find personal connections and applications. On the Tour Request Form, you will be asked to select one of the following activities.
Continue the Story Activity (Grade K-5)
Compare and Contrast Venn Diagram Activity (Grade 3-8)
Draft a Social Media Post Activity (Grade 3-8)
State of Utah Alice Merrill Horne Art Collection
In 1899, the Utah legislature passed Alice Merrill Horne’s “Art Bill,” which created the first state-funded arts council in the nation. The law’s purpose was to support local artists, expand the influence of art in education, sponsor an annual art exhibition, and establish a state art collection.
Established in 1976, the Utah Folk Art Collection contains over 450 pieces of traditional arts and crafts from the State’s European, Asian, Latinx, Pacific Islander, and African communities. As a critical part of the State of Utah Alice Merrill Horne Art Collection, it includes paintings, sculptures, textiles, woodcarving, metalwork, saddles, beadwork, and more.
The State of Utah Alice Merrill Horne Art Collection grows annually through selections made by the Art Acquisition Committee. The committee includes appointed community experts who recommend, review, and approve the commission and acquisition of Utah art.
Planning Your Visit
The Chase Home Museum is located in the middle of Liberty Park in Salt Lake City, Utah. To visit, enter the park from either 900 South or 1300 South and follow the signs to parking lots near the center of the park. From each parking lot, there are sidewalks leading to the museum.
The entrance to the museum includes a ramp and the first floor is wheelchair accessible offering two galleries and a history timeline of the Chase Home. The second level is only accessible via stairs. There are no public restrooms. For questions about location, hours, and accessibility, please contact Rachel Haberman: email@example.com or 801.245.7288.
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Chase Home Museum
Ian Hallagan, Folk Arts Coordinator