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Historic Nauvoo

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Address: 350 N. Main Street, Nauvoo, IL 62354
Phone Number:
+1 217-453-2237
07:30 - 21:00
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Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 07:30 - 21:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Tribute to Mormon industry and vision. Glimpse of 1840's life in Illinois'...

Tribute to Mormon industry and vision. Glimpse of 1840's life in Illinois' 2nd largest city. Beautiful location on banks of the Mississippi. Restored homes and shops. Horse-drawn wagon rides. Pioneer craft demonstrations. Live entertainment. Free to the public. Open 365 days a year.

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I took my three kids (9,7, & 5) there for a three day family reunion. We brought our bikes but nobody else in our group did. The bikes were awesome! We stayed in a home several... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lauren H
Clemson, South Carolina
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Clemson, South Carolina
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I took my three kids (9,7, & 5) there for a three day family reunion. We brought our bikes but nobody else in our group did. The bikes were awesome! We stayed in a home several blocks behind the temple and rose to historic Nauvoo each day then my dad took us home in his van. Everything is so close... More 

Thank Lauren H
Saint Louis, Missouri
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you've ever wondered about the history of this town or the Mormons this is a great place to start. There restored homes really give you a feel for the culture back then. One of my favorite places to visit there is the home of John Browning the famous gunsmith.

Thank Michael F
Naperville, Illinois, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went to Nauvoo out of historic interest, wanting to know more about the history of Illinois in that period, and about its importance to the LDS Church as well. I enjoyed my trip, learned a few things, and met a lot of incredibly nice people, but the sites all carried a very overt and heavy LDS message. Even though... More 

3 Thank Don M
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

The history on display here is an eye-opener. There is so much to see, plan 3 days. You'll see Joseph Smith's "Mansion" house...quotations on that on purpose as most of us wouldn't see this as a mansion, but then again it isn't the 1840s and it's not at a time when many impoverished people were moving in. You'll see Brownings... More 

Havana, Illinois
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2017

Often called "The Williamsburg of the West" this is likely the largest restored area west of Williamsburg. This small town was key to the peopling of a whole region of America and has a story to tell. There is also a wonderful presentation of every aspect of life in the 1840's

Thank Hugh M
Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Bring warm clothes but other than that there was hardly another person there. Lots of friendly tour guides and no lines. A wealth of history and information

Thank Dean B
Tempe, Arizona
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52 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2016

You start your visit at the Visitor's Center to get a map and watch an overview video. The real fun is visiting the homes and shops that have been restored. Great attendants at all the places. The sites close early (at 5) in October, which can leave a long evening with little to do. We visited the Trail of Hope... More 

Thank Lloyd B
Ne Ohio
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142 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2016

We are visiting our daughter in Macomb did a quick search shock turned up Historic Nauvoo so drove over. The plight of the Mormon's was interesting, however their way of life really wasn't much different than other historic villages we've visited. This was the first time I've been in a Tin Shop and that was interesting. John Brown's father had... More 

2 Thank Ryan B
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

Lots of things to do. Much more than can be done in one day. We spent 4 days and felt that we saw and did everything we wanted to. Lots of history, most enjoyable. Staff (Missionaries) were very accommodating.

Thank Beachy B
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62 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Educational and peaceful, a really nice place visit. The LDS folk are very friendly and knowledgeable about their subject and town. We were lucky and saw a classical performance at the visitor centre. Recommend a day to get around the many things to do.

1 Thank Tony M

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