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 living Utah artists from the state’s American Indian, rural, occupational and ethnic communities offering a snapshot of Utah’s contemporary culture and heritage. 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 Native American Gallery contains objects made by members of Utah’s resident tribes, Goshute, Navajo, Paiute, Shoshone and Ute, and by American Indians from out-of-state tribes who live in Utah. The gallery features beautiful beadwork, basketry, musical instruments, toys and rugs regularly made by Utah artists for use within their communities or for sale to collectors.
Traditional art from a number of Utah’s national, ethnic and immigrant communities is featured in the Ethnic Folk Arts Gallery. Displays range from Japanese origami, Chinese paper cuts and Mexican paper flowers and piñatas to Polynesian quilts, Swedish weaving and a variety of objects made from clay and wood. Objects are typically crafted for use at community celebrations or to decorate the home, reinforcing ethnic heritage and identity.
The Rural Folk Arts Gallery features traditional art that reflects the challenging nature of rural culture and its concern with being productive, recycling useful materials and efficiently using all available time and resources. Braided, loomed, hooked and crocheted rugs, whittling and woodcarving, furniture made from local willow or pine and carved or welded miniature wagons are on display. Typically used to furnish and decorate one’s home, they demonstrate the age-old need to produce objects of usefulness as well as beauty.
Stonecarving, hand-forged tools and horseshoes, saddles and cowboy gear made from braided rawhide and hitched horsehair are featured in the Occupational Folk Arts Gallery. Artists have learned these traditional skills from family members or co-workers and they produce objects that are functional, beautiful and very much like the work that has been produced by traditional craftsmen for centuries.
Folk Art Collection
View the State of Utah Folk Art Collection.
The Chase Home Museum is located in the middle of Liberty Park. To visit, enter the park from either 900 South or 1300 South at about 600 East and follow the signs to parking near the center of the park.
Labor Day-Memorial Day (Winter Hours) :
Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; closed Saturdays and Sundays
Memorial Day-Labor Day (Summer Hours):
Tuesday-Friday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; closed Saturdays and Sundays
Group tours by appointment only. Please call 801.533.5760 to schedule a time.