History of the Gale Center
The Gale Center was opened in June of 2006. It now houses the museum, the Arts Council’s Artist on Display, and offers an auditorium for public rental. Prior to being a museum, the building served as the South Jordan branch library.
Our mission is to preserve and celebrate the culture and heritage of South Jordan throughout time. We provide an educational space accessible for visitors of all ages to learn and contribute to the story of South Jordan.
Tuesday – Thursday: 10:00 am- 6:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am- 4:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed
The Gale Center is closed for major holidays. If you have any questions, please call the South Jordan HELP line at 801-446-4357.
10300 South Beckstead Lane
South Jordan, UT 84095
Parking, including handicap stalls and drop-off zones are indicated on the map.
The Gale Center’s auditorium is available for rental for your next event, party or meeting. To check availability, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once availability is confirmed, read the Facility Reservation form and fill out the Application for Facility and send it back. Payment is due a week prior to the reservation.
Daily Resident Rates
Monday – Friday
Before 5:00 p.m. – $25 an hour
After 5:00 p.m. – $45 an hour
$45 an hour all day
Daily Non-Resident Rates
Monday – Friday
Before 5:00 p.m. – $45 an hour After 5:00 p.m. – $65 an hour
$65 an hour all day
At the Gale Center: We accept exact change, check, or card, in person at the Gale Center. If a credit card is used, a staff member will call the City Hall Information Center, and the card will be processed over the phone by an Information Center employee. A receipt will be emailed to the renter two business days.
Over the phone: Call 801-446-HELP to reach the Information Center at City Hall. Let them know you would like to pay via credit card for a rental at the Gale Center. Have the amount due ready.
At City Hall: Visit City Hall and let them know you have a rental at the Gale Center to pay for. Have the amount due ready.
If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this form and email it to our curator at email@example.com. Please indicate if you are interested in being a docent, working in collections, doing an Eagle Scout project, or a school or college project. All docents are required to attend a brief orientation with South Jordan City Human Resources.
Tours are free at the Gale Center! We gratefully accept donations; a donation box is available at the front desk for your convenience. We recommend that groups of more than five who would like a tour call ahead to ensure that a docent is available for you no matter how busy the museum is. We can tailor a tour to almost any group, from preschool visitors to seniors to special needs groups. Many of the areas are hands-on and visitors can touch historic furniture, select produce in the Service Station, or hang laundry to dry in the Beckstead Farmhouse.
We know that attention spans can be short for young visitors! For Pre-K and younger elementary ages, we offer activity-based tours that can be as short or as long as needed. These groups are welcome to stay and explore afterwards!
We welcome senior group tours: assisted living, long term care, and senior center outings. Our facility offers plenty of seating, and is wheelchair accessible to standard sized wheelchairs. If there will be more than three wheelchairs, or larger chairs, please indicate this when you schedule your tour. This will help us to remove any potential trip hazards and temporarily relocate items to facilitate easier access for your group.
Sensory Sensitive groups
Most of the sound at the Gale Center comes from children playing! We use low to moderate volume nature sound effects and televisions throughout the museum to enhance our visitor’s experience. There are two exhibits that have loud hands-on options. The Gale Fork mine includes a historic blaster box that makes a “detonating” sound, and the lights in the mine flash. The Schoolhouse has a working historic bell in the tower that can be heard throughout the museum. If the group you are bringing is sensitive to loud noises, please let your docent know not to use these during your tour.
The first Tuesday of every month is Terrific Tuesday at the Gale Center. Terrific Tuesday events are designed to introduce participants to cultural and historical subjects through fun hands-on activities. Our activities are designed for older Pre-K and elementary age skill levels but all ages and abilities are welcome! These events are open house style, and craft materials are supplied on a first come, first served basis.
Terrific Tuesdays are funded by a generous ZAP grant.
How much does the Gale Center cost?
The Gale Center is free! We gratefully accept donations and have a donation box at the front desk for your convenience.
Is the Gale Center child friendly?
Yes! Many of our exhibits are oriented for smaller visitors, including play areas, hands-on objects, and recreations of historic buildings. There are many benches and couches throughout the Gale Center for visitors to rest on, and there are changing tables in all restrooms. Nursing is welcome throughout the museum.
Can I schedule a tour?
Absolutely! Schedule a tour by calling 801-253-5203.
Do I need to schedule a tour in advance?
We recommend that parties of more than five schedule in advance. This way if the museum is busy, you will still have a docent.
What kind of tours do you offer?
We can tailor a tour to just about any group! Please see our tours section for more information.
I have an object I would like to donate. How do I do that?
Please see the donations section for more information.
Can I volunteer?
Absolutely! No matter what your skill set is, there is a task you can help with. Please see the volunteer section and follow the instructions there.
Is the Gale Center wheelchair accessible?
The museum is single level, and a standard size wheelchair fits into all of the indoor exhibit spaces with the exception of some child-oriented spaces. The outdoor farm equipment exhibit includes using a steep ramp, which will require assistance. Larger wheelchairs will not comfortably fit into some exhibit spaces. Groups with multiple wheelchairs will need to take turns using exhibit spaces.