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Historic Nauvoo Illinois

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On March 5, 2024, the Church acquired Joseph Smith’s Red Brick Store, the Smith Family Homestead, and the Mansion House. All three locations will be open for public tours beginning March 25. This page will be updated throughout the transition.

Nauvoo, located in western Illinois, was an important city in the early Church. The focal point in the landscape and in the lives of the Latter-day Saints was the Nauvoo Temple. The community came together to not only build the temple, but complete important ordinances for both themselves and their ancestors. Today, visitors to Historic Nauvoo, whether in person or online, can discover the city where Joseph Smith received important revelations, apostles left on missions, tradespeople supported the economy, and the Relief Society cared for those in need. While the Saints had to leave Nauvoo and begin again in Utah, the foundations begun here continue to impact the Church today.

As a key historic site of the Church, Nauvoo tells the story of Latter-day Saints who were motivated by their faith in Jesus Christ and His restored gospel to settle here. The site provides examples of faith, service, work, devotion, and peace that can inspire people to strengthen their own faith in Jesus Christ, share His gospel message, and build up the communities where they live.

Historic Nauvoo
Plan Your Visit
Before you go to Nauvoo, explore the offerings in and around the city to prepare for your visit. Whether you’re coming to experience the site as a family, group, or solo traveler, there are many things to do in Historic Nauvoo.
Plan Your Visit to Nauvoo
Historic Nauvoo
Virtual Experiences
Experience historic sites and stories from the comfort of your home. By taking one of the Historic Nauvoo virtual tours, you will come to better understand the place the Lord called the “Cornerstone of Zion.”
Historic Nauvoo Virtual Tours
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Through a series of introductory articles, discover the history of Nauvoo. From Main Street trades, the founding of the Relief Society, and the martyrdom at Carthage Jail, there are many things to learn about this city and community.
Discover the History of Nauvoo
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Explore ways to serve in Historic Nauvoo. Help delight guests as a pageant volunteer, use your talents as a Nauvoo Performing Missionary, and share the gospel and Church history as a senior missionary.
Nauvoo Missionary and Volunteer Opportunities