Frequently Asked Questions
I don’t want to take a guided tour. What are my options?
Scheduled guided tours are currently the only way to enter the various historic sites.
If you visited Nauvoo in the past and were accustomed to entering individual sites on your own schedule, you were still greeted by missionaries who provided a tour. The difference this year is that tours need to be scheduled so we can maintain distancing and COVID safety protocols. The experience will be very much the same but less crowded!
If tour availability does not fit your schedule, we encourage you to try the Live Video Tours.
Guided tours are limited to 8 people, but our family group has more than that. Can’t we just all take a tour together?
Sorry, but our COVID protocols for 2021 prohibit groups over 8. Please divide into two or more groups to schedule tours.
How do I get to Nauvoo?
Nauvoo is a small community with no public transportation. Visitors need to drive at least a few miles to reach Nauvoo from an airport, bus depot, or train station. Nauvoo is generally easy to find with most GPS devices, but you are advised to review any mapped route before following it.
How far from Nauvoo is Carthage Jail? How can I get there?
Carthage is about 23 miles from Nauvoo, a 30-minute drive. There is no public transportation between the two cities, so visitors need personal vehicles to get there. There are a few suggested routes; study the map in advance as cellular service on some stretches may be unreliable.
How much does it cost to visit Nauvoo Historic Sites?
Nauvoo Historic Sites does not charge any entry fees. All tours, shows, and activities are offered free of charge.
The Joseph Smith Historic Site, owned and operated by the Community of Christ, asks visitors who take their guided tour to pay a site preservation fee to help them maintain their historic buildings.
What are the food and lodging options in Nauvoo?
Nauvoo Historic Sites does not operate any restaurants or hotels.
You will find information about where to eat or stay on Nauvoo’s city website.
Lodging is available in Nauvoo and also in nearby cities like Keokuk and Fort Madison, Iowa. Please consult available online tourism sites for more information.
What movies are available in the Nauvoo Visitors’ Center theaters?
Numerous movies covering topics about the history or people of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are available. Short films introducing Nauvoo run several times a day, but there are opportunities to request a showing of other films, as well. Large youth groups can reserve times and films in advance. See Group Info.
Are Nauvoo Historic Sites accessible for disabled visitors?
Some buildings are wheelchair accessible. Restrooms are accessible. However, to maintain the historical accuracy of the restored sites, we are unable to provide physical access to every venue. This website offers 360° virtual tours for the most popular buildings. You can also schedule a live video tour over Zoom for these sites.
Where do buses and large RVs park in Nauvoo?
Bus and RV parking is available at the Nauvoo Historic Sites Visitors’ Center.
If you are arriving by bus or RV, please note that Nauvoo has some very narrow streets. To keep everyone safe, the city restricts where buses and RVs can drive. Please learn the routes and obey all traffic rules.
For more information, consult the bus route map on the city website.
Where can my family have a picnic?
Picnic tables are located throughout the sites. Please keep appropriate distance between tables and groups and clean up after yourselves when finished. Local city, county, and state parks have picnic facilities. Check their websites for current availability.
Where can a group gather for an outdoor activity?
For the time being, we are discouraging large gatherings in the historic sites.
Where can I worship on Sunday?
A variety of Christian churches other than The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have an active presence in Nauvoo. You may want to contact your preferred congregation to determine their current meeting status and any restrictions on meeting capacity they may have. For an updated list, consult the city website.
Where can Latter-day Saints attend Church?
Sacrament meetings are held in the stake center (380 N Durphy Street) each Sunday. However, times and meeting capacity depend on local health regulations. Please ask a missionary in the Visitors’ Center for current details. Some details might also be available on Facebook (Friends of the Nauvoo Stake).