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Website Updates

Our menus have changed! You can now find tour and show reservations and other information related to an in-person visit to Nauvoo under PLAN YOUR TRIP. To experience Historic Nauvoo and Carthage Jail from a distance, or even if you are in town and want to learn more about the sites you haven’t been able to visit, choose EXPLORE NAUVOO. In each case, a menu with various selections will appear. If you have questions, check out the FAQ page. You can still find links for our in-person tours, virtual tours (via Zoom), and performances at the bottom of the page, but the new menus will put you in touch with everything on the website.

Nauvoo Brass Band

The Nauvoo Brass Band concerts scheduled for the Women’s Garden at 3:15 pm Tuesday-Saturday are temporarily suspended until repaving in the garden is complete. Don’t worry, though, the band will still perform in the East Theater of the Visitors’ Center as scheduled at 4:00 pm Tuesday-Saturday. Plus, you can catch the band playing along Main Street near Pioneer Pastimes and the Print Shop around 1:30 pm, weather permitting.

Nauvoo Temple District Dedicated

Sister Mary G. Cook spoke of her ancestors connected with the Edward and Ann Hunter home

After touring the Hyde, Weeks, Hunter, and Gheen homes, as well as the Jones Pavilion, Elder Quentin L. Cook met with several invited leaders and guests to dedicate the sites that are now open for tours. Sister Cook joined her husband and spoke to the audience about her ancestral ties to the Hunter home. Both affirmed their love for Nauvoo.

President and Sister Rizley, site leaders for Historic Nauvoo provided opening and closing prayers at the dedication.
Elder Quentin L. Cook dedicated the sites and spoke about the sacrifices of the early Latter-day Saints who built the temple.

Elder Cook was joined by Elder LeGrand Curtis, Jr., Church Historian, and Jane Curtis in speaking at the dedication, which was held next to the Gheen home on a beautiful spring morning, May 29th. Read more about the event in either of these two links:

Guided Tours Begin May 3rd

After many long months of being closed to in-person visits, Historic Nauvoo and Carthage Jail are now open for guided tours in select sites. Some summer musical performances will resume on May 31, 2021.

The Visitors’ Center will reopen on May 31, 2021. Please go to the Family Living Center on arrival to check in for your scheduled tour.

Please note that this initial phase is a LIMITED opening. Our hours have changed: we are open daily from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm. Plans will update throughout the summer as needed. Fall and Winter hours may also be impacted, but we plan to remain open.

Large groups cannot be accommodated and should split up into groups of 8 or fewer in order to tour the sites. Only visitors with reservations will be able to tour a historic site at this time. Please register in advance to avoid disappointment. If your schedule does not fit the tour schedule, consider taking a live video tour at another time.

The following activities are currently unavailable: wagon rides, carriage rides, oxen rides, and pioneer pastimes. Certain summer performances resume in June. The Nauvoo Pageant will return in 2022.

For guidelines on how to visit safely, please review the following: COVID-19 visitor information updates.

Learn how to schedule an in-person experience in Historic Nauvoo!