Covid 19 Opening Updates and Visitor Information

After months of closure, many of the Church’s historic sites will open to the public on a limited basis beginning in May. For the protection of missionaries and guests, and in accordance with local regulations, operations at historic sites have been temporarily modified. Thank you for your patience and cooperation to help everyone at these sacred places stay safe and healthy.

General Guidelines for Limited Opening

  • Large tour groups cannot be accommodated at this time. Those traveling in large groups will need to break up into smaller groups and schedule their experiences accordingly.
  • Sites follow all requirements of local public health departments, including social distancing and the wearing of face masks. Where face masks are optional by law, they may still be required at historic sites in spaces where social distancing is difficult.
  • Local circumstances may modify hours of operation or close sites without notice.

Sacred Grove

Welcome Center opens and guided tours resume May 28, 2021. Group sizes for tours are limited to 10 people or less. Face masks are required on tours. Advance scheduling is strongly encouraged by contacting the Hill Cumorah Visitors’ Center. Grounds are open. Social distancing is strongly encouraged.

Hill Cumorah

Visitors’ center opens May 28, 2021. Occupancy is limited. Face masks are required in the visitors’ center. Advance scheduling is available by contacting the visitors’ center. The Hill Cumorah Pageant is canceled, and trails to the Hill Cumorah Monument are closed.

Grandin Building: Book of Mormon Publication Site

Guided tours resume when the building opens on May 28, 2021. Group sizes for tours are limited to 10 people or less. Face masks are required on tours. Advance scheduling is strongly encouraged by contacting the Hill Cumorah Visitors’ Center.

Whitmer Farm: Church Organization Site

Visitors’ center opens and guided tours resume May 28, 2021. Group sizes for tours are limited to 10 people or less. Face masks are required on tours. Interactive exhibits remain closed. Advance scheduling is strongly encouraged by contacting the Hill Cumorah Visitors’ Center.

Priesthood Restoration Site

Visitors’ center opens and guided tours resume May 28, 2021. Group sizes for tours are limited to 10 people or less. Face masks are required on tours. Interactive exhibits remain closed. Advance scheduling is strongly encouraged by contacting the Hill Cumorah Visitors’ Center.

Joseph Smith Birthplace

Visitors’ center opens and tours resume May 28, 2021. Advance scheduling is available by contacting the Joseph Smith Birthplace Visitors’ Center. Grounds are open. Social distancing and facemasks are strongly encouraged.

Historic Kirtland

Visitors’ center opens and guided tours resume May 28, 2021. Group sizes for tours are limited to 10 people or less. Face masks are required on tours. Interactive exhibits remain closed. Advance scheduling is available by contacting the Historic Kirtland Visitors’ Center. The Kirtland Temple will reopen in 2022.

Morley Farm

Always open. Social distancing strongly encouraged.

Johnson Farm

Opens and guided tours resume May 28, 2021. Group sizes for tours are limited to 10 people or less. Face masks are required on tours. Interactive exhibits remain closed. Advance scheduling is strongly encouraged by contacting the Historic Kirtland Visitors’ Center.

Independence Visitors’ Center

Visitors’ center opens and guided tours resume May 28, 2021. Occupancy is limited. Group sizes for tours are limited to 10 people or less. Face masks are required in the Visitors’ Center. Interactive exhibits remain closed. Advance scheduling is available by contacting the Independence Visitors’ Center.

Liberty Jail

Opens and guided tours resume May 28, 2021. Group sizes for tours are limited to 10 people or less. Face masks are required on tours. Advance scheduling is available by contacting the Independence Visitors’ Center.

Far West Temple Site

Always open. Social distancing strongly encouraged.

Hawn’s Mill

Always open. Social distancing strongly encouraged.

Historic Nauvoo

Selected experiences open and guided tours resume May 1, 2021. Group sizes for tours are limited to 10 people or less. While the visitors’ center remains closed, tours will begin at the Family Living Center. Face masks are required on tours. Advance scheduling is strongly encouraged and is available through NauvooHistoricSites.org. Grounds are open, but social distancing is strongly encouraged. Visitors’ center opens and selected musical performances resume May 31, 2021. Nauvoo and British pageants will resume in 2022. The Joseph Smith Historic Site will reopen in 2022.

Carthage Jail

Opens and guided tours resume May 1, 2021. Group sizes for tours are limited to 10 people or less. Face masks are required on tours. Advance scheduling is strongly encouraged and is available through NauvooHistoricSites.org

Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters

Guided tours resume when the building opens on May 1, 2021. Occupancy is limited. Face masks are required while in the building. Grounds are open. Social distancing strongly encouraged.

Kanesville Tabernacle

Visitors’ center opens May 1, 2021. Occupancy is limited. Face masks are required while in the building. Grounds are open. Social distancing strongly encouraged.

Mt. Pisgah

Always open. Social distancing strongly encouraged.

Martin’s Cove: Mormon Trail Site

Visitors’ center opens May 28, 2021. Face masks are required in buildings. Trails are open. Social distancing strongly encouraged.

Sixth Crossing: Mormon Trail Site

Visitors’ center and trails open May 28, 2021. Face masks are required in buildings. Grounds are open. Social distancing strongly encouraged.

Rock Creek Hollow: Mormon Trail Site

Always open when roads are passable. Social distancing strongly encouraged.

Beehive House

Temporarily closed for guided tours.

Cove Fort

Tours resume when the historic site opens on May 28, 2021. Advance appointments are not necessary, but group sizes for tours are limited to 20 people or less. Face masks are required on tours and required when entering rooms of the fort. Grounds are open. Social distancing strongly encouraged.

Brigham Young Winter Home and Office

Tours resume when the historic site opens on May 1, 2021. Group sizes for tours are limited to 20 people or less. Face masks are required on tours. Grounds are open. Social distancing strongly encouraged.

Hamblin Home

Tours resume when the historic site opens on May 1, 2021. Group sizes for tours are limited to 20 people or less. Face masks are required on tours. Grounds are open. Social distancing strongly encouraged.

St. George Tabernacle

Tours resume when the historic site opens on May 1, 2021. Occupancy is limited. Group sizes for tours are limited to 20 people or less. Face masks are encouraged in the building and required on tours.

Mormon Battalion Center at San Diego

Tours resume when the historic site opens on May 1, 2021. Occupancy is limited. Group sizes for tours are limited to 10 people or less. Face masks are required on tours. Advance scheduling is available by contacting the Mormon Battalion Center. Grounds are open. Social distancing strongly encouraged.

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