History and Museums

Explore Beautiful Nauvoo's Unique Historical Heirlooms

Bible Museum

Address:
1340 Mulholland St,
Nauvoo IL

Explore with us the evidence for the authenticity of the Bible. Discover the remarkable history of the ancient texts and archaeological discoveries that confirm the truthfulness of the sacred writings. Free Admission Opening June 2024

Historic Nauvoo Visitors' Center

Phone: 217-557-2610
Email: nauvooguestservices@gmail.com
Website: Historic Nauvoo Visitors' Center

Address:
290 N. Main Street
Nauvoo, IL 62354

A National Historic Landmark maintained by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to honor the faith, courage, and industry of the Mormon pioneers. Open 365 days a year. Restored homes, shops, businesses, and public buildings of the 1840s. Rides. Children's activities. Demonstrations. Live entertainment. Free to the public.

Hours: Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Joseph Smith Historic Site

Phone: 217-453-2246
Email: jshsinfo@cofchrist.org
Website: Joseph Smith Historic Site

Address:
865 Water Street
Nauvoo, IL 62354

The Joseph Smith Historic Site retells the story of the Latter Day Saint movement in Nauvoo during the early 1840s. Within the Visitor Center, guests will find original paintings of Nauvoo by David Hyrum Smith as well as other artifacts and information about the city and its people. Guided walking tours begin at the Visitors Center, starting with a short film and continuing through the Smith family's homes.

Nauvoo Family Search Center

Phone: 217-453-6347
Website: Nauvoo Family Search Center

Address:
1195 Knight Street
Nauvoo, IL 62354

The Family Search Center offers visitors free assistance in searching out ancestral records, building a family pedigree, learning how to do family history research, and more. The facility has several computers available to patrons who are researching their family history online using FamilySearch.org or other resources. The center offers free access to many online accounts, and volunteers can assist visitors with creating their own FamilySearch account to use at home. This Family Search Center is one of several thousand Family History Centers around the world operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to assist all people in finding and recording their roots.

RHEINBERGER HOUSE MUSEUM

Phone: 309-221-9803
Website: Nauvoo Historical Society Museums

Address:
980 S Bluff Street
Nauvoo, IL 62354

Located in the Nauvoo State Park, the Rheinberger House museum contains many articles dating back to pioneer times. It features a stone-arched wine cellar and a summer kitchen.The original four room house was built in the 1840s. A 3-acre original vineyard is behind the house and still produces grapes for guests to sample in the fall. Open Seasonally May-October or by appointment.

The Weld House Museum

Phone: 309-221-9803
Website: Nauvoo Historical Society Museums

Address:
1380 Mulholland Street
Nauvoo, IL 62354

Located in Nauvoo's business district. It is named for Dr. John F. Weld. Dr Weld was a physician who came in 1837 and lived in the house from 1842-1846. Each room of the museum represents a timeline period including Native Indian artifacts, Nauvoo's first settlers, a Mormon display and Nauvoo's newspapers. Upstairs features an Icarian Room, the Bolton/Bollin Room, a River Room, the Schneider/Hummel Room, and the Frances Clark and Merchant Room. Open Seasonally May-October or by appointment.

Tomb of Joseph Museum

Phone: (217) 453-2182
Website: Tomb of Joseph Museum

Address:
1200 Mulholland St
Nauvoo IL 62354

Joseph Smith, the Prophet (1805-1844), commissioned a tomb to be constructed for his family here in Nauvoo. For nearly 100 years, no one thought much about the tomb where Joseph Smith wanted his family buried, and its exact location was lost. But there were clues left behind. In this museum you will discover the history behind the tomb. You will see information on the several proposed locations, and get to personally inspect the only one open to the public.