From Mormon Newsroom:
There’s a new place on historic Temple Square where guests can explore their family history. The Family History Library opens its doors to the interactive discovery experiences Wednesday, February 8, 2017. The new 10,139 square foot attraction, located on the main floor of the world’s largest genealogy library, uses technology to introduce visitors to their family tree. Admission is free to the public.
“This gives them an opportunity to begin to see that we can connect them to their ancestors, and not only by name, but by helping them discover who these folks were, the time they lived and what made them think, believe, act the way they did,” said Elder Bradley D. Foster, executive director of the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and board chairman of FamilySearch International.
Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world visit the Family History Library every year. The new facility will accommodate large and diverse groups.
“Whether you’re just curious or you’re an expert genealogist, these heartfelt discovery experiences are the catalyst to keep you moving,” said Stephen Rockwood, managing director of the Church’s Family History Department and the CEO of FamilySearch International.
When entering the discovery experiences, guests receive a custom iPad to log into their free FamilySearch account and dock it with the various stations throughout the facility for an interactive experience with their FamilySearch.org Family Tree. For the best experiences, guests should create a free online account and build their family tree before arriving at the attraction. A guest account option is also available for visitors.