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Historic Nauvoo

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Address: 350 N. Main Street, Nauvoo, IL 62354
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+1 217-453-2237
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07:30 - 21:00
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 07:30 - 21:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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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Interesting and Pleasant, with a Caveat

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Don M
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Naperville, Illinois, United States
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Naperville, Illinois, United States
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42 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Havana, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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

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Tempe, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 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 

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Ne Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank Beachy B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 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.

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Los Gatos, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

Many houses and old businesses staffed by Mormon couples who explain who lived there and how they did their crafts Historical era was 1840-1856 Best historical tour for many miles

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Falls of Rough, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

Nauvoo is a must do for all Latter-Day-Saints. The restored buildings are as they were in the 1840s. It is a very special place. It's a great place to visit as a member or just as a history buff.

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