290 N. Main St.
Nauvoo Illinois 62354United States
Visitors can expect a mildly select historical recounting at this church-run tourist center; tickets for a free wagon tour of the town go quickly.
This tourism center is run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, so expect a select but relatively accurate recounting of Nauvoo's history. The center itself feels a bit like a temple; a choir may be singing hymns as you wander through. In the large atrium, you'll find a collection of pictures, texts and artifacts, most of which are reproductions. Out back is a pleasant but unremarkable sculpture garden. Two auditoriums are inside, one for live shows and one for movies. Don't feel compelled to sit through the 68-minute film "Joseph Smith: The Prophet of the Restoration" unless you're Mormon or a hard-core history buff--you'll get a good handle on the story as you tour around town. Do, however, try to nab tickets for the wagon tour that leaves every half hour from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. They're free, but if you visit during the busy summer season , you'll want to get them early, as you can't reserve them and they tend to go fast. When you have your ticket, be ready to go 10 minutes before your ride is scheduled, and plan for it to take about an hour.