Covid 19 Opening Updates and Visitor Information

The Church’s historic sites are now open to the public on a limited basis. 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 may not 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

The Sacred Grove is now open for guided tours. Group sizes for tours may be limited to 10 people or less. Face masks are recommended on tours for those who have not been fully vaccinated. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged and can be scheduled at nyandpahistoricsites.as.me or by contacting the Sacred Grove Welcome Center. Grounds are open. Social distancing is strongly encouraged.

Hill Cumorah

The Hill Cumorah Visitors’ Center is now open. Occupancy may be limited. Face masks are recommended for those who have not been fully vaccinated in the visitors’ center. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged and can be scheduled at nyandpahistoricsites.as.me or by contacting the Sacred Grove Welcome Center. The Hill Cumorah Pageant is canceled. Due to construction activity on the hill, there is limited access to the Angel Moroni Monument. Vehicles are no longer permitted on the hill, but a foot path to the monument will remain open to visitors during construction. The Hill Cumorah Pageant is canceled, and trails to the Hill Cumorah Monument maybe closed due to construction.

Grandin Building: Book of Mormon Publication Site

The Grandin Building is now open for guided tours. Group sizes for tours may be limited to 10 people or less. Face masks are recommended on tours for those who have not been fully vaccinated. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged and can be scheduled at nyandpahistoricsites.as.me or by contacting the Sacred Grove Welcome Center.

Whitmer Farm: Church Organization Site

The Whitmer Farm is now open guided tours. Group sizes for tours may be limited to 10 people or less. Face masks are recommended on tours for those who have not been fully vaccinated. Interactive exhibits remain closed. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged and can be scheduled at nyandpahistoricsites.as.me or by contacting the Sacred Grove Welcome Center.

Priesthood Restoration Site

The Priesthood Restoration Site is now for guided tours. Group sizes for tours may be limited to 10 people or less. Face masks are recommended on tours for those who have not been fully vaccinated. Interactive exhibits remain closed. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged and can be scheduled at nyandpahistoricsites.as.me or by contacting the Sacred Grove Welcome Center.

Joseph Smith Birthplace

The Joseph Smith Birthplace is now open for guided tours. Occupancy may be limited. Advance scheduling is available by contacting the Joseph Smith Birthplace Visitors’ Center. Social distancing and facemasks are recommended for those who have not been fully vaccinated.

Historic Kirtland

Historic Kirtland is now open for guided tours. Group sizes for tours may be limited to 10 people or less. Face masks are recommended on tours for those who have not been vaccinated. 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

The Johnson Farm is now open for guided tours. Group sizes for tours may be limited to 10 people or less. Face masks are recommended on tours for those who have not been fully vaccinated. Advance scheduling is strongly encouraged by contacting the Historic Kirtland Visitors’ Center.

Independence Visitors’ Center

The Independence Visitors’ Center is now open for guided tours. Group sizes for tours may be limited to 10 people or less. Face masks are recommended in the Visitors’ Center for those who have not been fully vaccinated. Interactive exhibits remain closed. Advance scheduling is available by contacting the Independence Visitors’ Center.

Liberty Jail

The Liberty Jail is now open for guided tours.  Group sizes for tours may be limited to 10 people or less. Face masks are recommended on tours for those who have not been vaccinated. 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 are open and guided tours are now available. Group sizes for tours may be limited to 10 people or less. In keeping with Illinois state regulations, face masks are required indoors regardless of vaccination status. Advance scheduling is strongly encouraged and is available through NauvooHistoricSites.org . Grounds are open, but social distancing is strongly encouraged. Selected musical performances are now available. Nauvoo and British pageants will resume in 2022.  The Joseph Smith Historic Site will reopen in 2022.

Carthage Jail

The Carthage Jail is now open for guided tours. Group sizes for tours may be limited to 10 people or less. In keeping with Illinois state regulations, face masks are required indoors regardless of vaccination status. Advance scheduling is strongly encouraged and is available through NauvooHistoricSites.org

Mormon Trail Center at Winter Quarters

The Mormon Trail Center is now open for tours. Occupancy may be limited. Face masks are recommended while in the building for those who have not been fully vaccinated. Grounds are open. Social distancing strongly encouraged.

Kanesville Tabernacle

The Kanesville Tabernacle Visitors’ Center is now open. The tabernacle is not open to the public. Occupancy may be limited. Face masks are recommended while in the building for those who have not been fully vaccinated. Grounds are open. Social distancing strongly encouraged.

Mt. Pisgah

Always open. Social distancing strongly encouraged.

Martin’s Cove: Mormon Trail Site

Martin’s Cove is now open. Face masks are recommended in buildings for those who have not been fully vaccinated. Trails are open. Social distancing strongly encouraged.

Sixth Crossing: Mormon Trail Site

Sixth Crossing is now open. Face masks are recommended in buildings for those who have not been fully vaccinated. 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

The Beehive House is now open for guided tours. Group sizes for tours are limited to 10 people or less.  Face masks are recommended on tours for those who have not been fully vaccinated. Social distancing strongly encouraged.

Cove Fort

Cove Fort is now open for self-guided tours. Advance appointments are not necessary, but group sizes for tours may limited. Face masks are recommended for those who have not been fully vaccinated. Grounds are open. Social distancing strongly encouraged.

Brigham Young Winter Home and Office

The Brigham Young Winter Home is now open for guided tours. Group sizes for tours may be limited to 10 people or less. Face masks are recommended on tours for those who have not been vaccinated. Grounds are open. Social distancing strongly encouraged.

Hamblin Home

The Hamblin Home is now open for guided tours. Group sizes for tours may be limited to 10 people or less. Face masks are recommended on tours for those who have not been vaccinated. Grounds are open. Social distancing strongly encouraged.

St. George Tabernacle

The St. George Tabernacle is now open for tours. Occupancy is limited. Group sizes for tours may be limited to 10 people or less. Face masks are encouraged in the building and recommended on tours for those who have not been fully vaccinated.

Mormon Battalion Historic Site

The Mormon Battalion Historic Site is now open for guided tours.  Group sizes for tours may be limited to 10 people or less. Face masks are recommended on tours for those who have not been fully vaccinated. Advance scheduling is available by contacting the Mormon Battalion Center Grounds are open. Social distancing strongly encouraged.

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