Nauvoo Visitors' Center

Location: 290 N. Main Street

The Nauvoo Visitors’ Center was built during the period when several historic homes were being restored and prepared for public tours. The main floor contains two theaters, exhibit areas, an information desk, and restrooms. An upper floor houses offices and conference space for missionaries serving in the historic sites.

Experience the Visitor’s Center from your computer or smart phone in two different ways: with our Image Gallery, or schedule a  Live Video Tour. Click on the links below to see more.
 

Image Gallery

Peek inside the Nauvoo Visitors’ Center as you scroll through our image gallery.

Nauvoo Visitors' Center
The Visitors’ Center has welcomed millions of visitors since its dedication in 1970. Most people who visit Historic Nauvoo stop here to view introductory films, obtain information about individual sites, rest on a hot day, or participate in special seasonal events.
Nauvoo Visitors' Center
Exhibits line the walls in the spacious interior.
Nauvoo Visitors' Center
A replica of Bertel Thorvaldsen’s Christus statue stands at the south end of the Visitors’ Center. Visitors can sit on the benches and reflect on Jesus Christ’s mission and His invitation to come to Him and find rest. Groups often gather here for discussions or short devotionals.
Nauvoo Visitors' Center
This statue represents the visitation of God, the Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ, to Joseph Smith in 1820. Latter-day Saints refer to this as the First Vision.
Exhibits
Visitors can view a variety of exhibits in the Center, such as this panorama of Old Nauvoo and environs, but they can also receive maps, event tickets, and other materials at the Guest Services counter.
Exhibits
Detail of the panorama showing the position of the Nauvoo temple in the landscape.
Exhibits
This wagon exhibit illustrates some of the pioneer necessities families took with them as they left Nauvoo.
Exhibits
A sunstone from the original Nauvoo Temple is housed in the display case. The sun breaking through the clouds represents the dawning of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, with trumpets to herald the new dispensation.
Exhibits
A likeness of Joseph Smith, Jr.
Displays
This display case shares details of Joseph Smith’s translation of the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Joseph translated the ancient record of a civilization that inhabited the Americas until the 5th century.
Women's Garden
Dedicated in 1978, this statuary garden highlights the many roles women play in life. Thirteen statues by two different artists are beautifully situated among the flowers and walkways kept open year-round.
Women's Garden
Families are centrally important to Latter-day Saints, as highlighted in this statue. Those who sacrificed their time and resources to build the Nauvoo Temple in the 1840s relied on the promise that family relationships could endure beyond the grave through a temple marriage.
Women's Garden
The garden is a favorite spot for quiet contemplation.
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