The Historic Nauvoo Visitors’ Center is one of the
best places to begin an exploration of Nauvoo. The Center was dedicated
in dedicated in 1971 by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The interior of the center contains a large relief map of 1846 Nauvoo
and a replica of a full-sized replica of Danish sculptor Bertel
Thorvaldsen's Christus, a statue of the resurrected Christ. Two films,
the 20 minute “Remembering Nauvoo” and the 68 minute “Joseph Smith,
Prophet of the Restoration” are offered for viewing at the center.
Adjacent to the Historic Nauvoo Visitors Center is
the Monument to Women Memorial Garden which was dedicated in 1976. The
memorial consists of a heroic central sculpture of a woman, enhanced by
12 life-sized figures expressing the widely varied nature of women's
vital role in society. The statues are set among brick walkways,
flowers, shrubs, and trees. The display could be the largest
commissioned display of sculpture in the world dedicated to women. The
sponsor of the two-acre memorial is the women's Relief Society of The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, headquartered in Salt Lake
The Historic Nauvoo Visitors’ Center is the starting
point of horse-drawn wagon tours of historic Nauvoo. The approximately
one hour wagon ride tour that is narrated by a tour guide is free and is
a unique way of seeing aspects of Historic Nauvoo that you might
otherwise miss, including various shops and buildings in Nauvoo, Joseph
Smith's home, and the Trail of Hope by which the Saints left Nauvoo. The
tours start from just northeast of the visitor's center parking lot at
the corner of Partridge and Hubbard Streets.
During the summer visitors can enjoy musical theater
productions about Old Nauvoo at the visitors' center and historic
Cultural Hall (reservations are necessary; call 1-888-453-6434). No
tickets are necessary to participate in the campfire variety shows from
May through August. No tickets are necessary to attend the Nauvoo
Pageant, an outdoor musical drama celebrating the restored gospel and
the faith of early Latter-day Saints in Nauvoo.
The Historic Nauvoo Visitors’ Center is staffed by
knowledgeable people who can give you the information you need about the
many things to see and do in Nauvoo as well as the surrounding area. The
Center also operates a 24 hour information kiosk is located just south
of Nauvoo on IL-96 where maps and brochures can be picked up.
Visiting the Nauvoo Visitors Center
Visiting Hours (late August - late May)
Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 12:30 pm - 5 pm
Visiting Hours (late May -
Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 7 pm
Sunday: 12:30 pm - 6 pm
There is no fee to visit the Nauvoo Visitors Center
The Nauvoo Visitors Center is located just west of
downtown down the hill from the Nauvoo Temple.
Learn more about the