Gale Center Museum


About Us

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.

Mission Statement

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.

Child Friendly

  • 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.
  • High traffic children’s areas are frequently cleaned using gentle disinfectants.
  • If your child isn’t feeling well, please keep them home.
  • Please be respectful of other visitors and ensure that your little ones tidy up after exploring. Much of the museum is hands-on, but some exhibits are not. Keep an eye on your young visitors to make sure that they don’t injure themselves on our historic objects.

Hours & Contact Information

Monday: Closed
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
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Parking, including handicap stalls and drop-off zones are indicated on the map.

Facility Rentals

The Gale Center’s auditorium is available for rental for your next event, party or meeting.  To check availability, please email us at 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.


  • The auditorium will sit 70 people with chairs only, and maximum 48 people at 8 round tables.
  • Eight round tables and 70 folding chairs are available for use. Renters must supply their own tablecloths. Renters are responsible for setting up and taking down tables. Please factor setup and take down time into your rental.
  • A ceiling-mounted projector is available for use. Please plan to come in well prior to your event to ensure that your laptop has the correct adaptor for the projector. The Gale Center does not supply adaptors.
  • The auditorium features a baby grand piano. The piano cannot be moved by renters or Gale Center staff.


  • Full policies are on the Facility Reservation and Application for Facility forms.
  • Rental time includes time for setup and take down. Renters are not allowed to come in early to set up. Please be prompt in your take down, as other renters may be coming in after you.
  • The kitchen is for keeping food hot/cold only. No food preparation is allowed.
  • Renters do not have access to the museum or outdoor exhibits during their rental.
  • For weekday rentals, keys must be checked out the day of the rental. For weekend rentals, keys must be checked out on Friday prior to 4:00. Keys must be returned immediately upon completion of rental.
  • Rentals during museum operating hours must keep the auditorium doors closed.
  • Rentals must be for a minimum of two consecutive hours.

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

Facility Reservation
Application for Facility

Payment Options

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.

Get Involved


If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this form and email it to our curator at 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.


  • If you have an object you would like to donate, email a good quality photo of the object to our curator at Include either a ruler or common object for scale. Any information about the object is useful. You will receive an automatic confirmation email that your enquiry was received; please allow up to 10 business days for a full response.
  • Donors are required to sign the Deed of Gift form in person. A copy for the museum and the donor will be made.
  • The Gale Center does not accept all donations offered, and does not accept walk-in donations or drop-offs. Accepted donations will enhance the Gale Center’s collection by fulfilling our mission statement and in consideration with other factors. Any objects that are not accepted are the potential donor’s responsibility and cannot be left with the museum.
  • The Gale Center does not offer artifact identification, appraisals, object storage, or conservation advice.



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.

Young groups

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!

Senior groups

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.

Terrific Tuesdays

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.

Gale Center FAQ

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.

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