Ogden's Arts and Culture Scene is Full Steam Ahead

By Leanne Libby on April 11, 2012 at 10:11 pm EST
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Union Station once reigned as the closest sizable train depot near the golden spike where the first transcontinental railroad was completed in 1969. No longer a functioning train station, Union Station now facilitates traffic of a more artistic kind. The former railroad station now houses shops and five museums, including the Utah State Railroad Museum. The station features the two largest locomotives ever manufactured as well as a restored Red Cross hospital car and a railroad post office car. Other attractions include the John M. Browning Firearms Museum, where exhibits include prototypes Browning designed in Ogden, the Browning Automatic Rifle used by the U.S. Army for 80 years and production models of Winchester, Remington and Colt firearms. Downtown Ogden’s Historic 25th Street includes a number of buildings restored to nineteenth-century splendor, recalling the city’s colorful, railroad-era history.

Ogden Performs

Performing arts fans can take in the symphony, ballet or theater performances at Weber State University’s Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts, while Peery’s Egyptian Theater draws big-name performers and serves as a venue for the Sundance Film Festival. The city's busy festival and performance schedule exemplifies the city's support for the arts. From July through September, the Historic 25th street teems with artists, artisans and more than 50 local growers offering an array of artwork, crafts and produce. Annual events, such as Weber State University Storytelling Festival, Mountain Man Rendezvous, Two Rivers Festival and the Talent in the Park summer concert series, keep Ogden residents and visitors busy.

For the Family

Young museum-goers are in for a cultural treat at the Elizabeth Stewart Treehouse Museum, where children are the only visitors eligible for membership. The museum, named one of the top 50 children’s museums in the country, seeks to improve literacy with activities such as letter-themed Alphabet Soup, as well as theater and visual art workshops. During the annual Earthworks Festival, children learn about a different country each day and have the chance to get their program passport stamped for each country along their virtual visit. Kids of all ages can explore Ogden’s George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park, which features more than 100 life-sized dinosaur replicas. A different childlike wonder pervades the park from from the Saturday after Thanksgiving through January 1, when the park becomes a winter wonderland, complete with thousands of lights and themed cottages reminiscent of the North Pole.

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