You are invited to the 2019 Nauvoo and
We invite you to stroll the streets and tour the historic homes. See the lively shows
by the senior and young performing missionaries. Experience the
majestic Nauvoo Temple on the bluff overlooking historic sites.
Enjoy inspirational pageant performances.
We hope to see you here.
2019 Dates: July 9 - Aug 3 (Tues - Sat)
There has never been a better time to visit
Historic Nauvoo, Illinois, and it's all free!
Nauvoo is a unique LDS historical site that allows
guests who stroll the streets to see what the original city would have
been like in the 1840s. You can receive a souvenir brick at the
Brickyard, experience the sights and sounds in the pioneer Blacksmith
Shop, and enjoy a ginger snap cookie from the Scovil Bakery. Take a
ride in a carriage or wagon pulled by draft horses and hear stories of
Old Nauvoo. Visit
HistoricNauvoo.net to learn more about over 30
restored historic sites. Young performing missionaries provide
live shows for visitors throughout the day. Don’t miss the patriotic
“Sunset by the Mississippi,” offered by the senior and young
performing missionaries Monday thru Saturday evenings from Memorial
Day to August 10.
The Nauvoo and British Pageants are
wonderful additions to your summer in Nauvoo. The pageants celebrate
the legacy of the early Latter-day Saint pioneers. The Nauvoo Pageant
is on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, the British Pageant on
Wednesdays and Fridays.
Games and activities of the 1840s are
provided for guests at the pageant preshow celebration and country
fair beginning at 7:00 p.m. The outdoor pageant performances begin at
8:30 p.m. No reservations are needed for the country fair or the
pageant, and no tickets are required.
The majestic Nauvoo Temple, rebuilt on its
original site overlooking the Mississippi River, will be a lasting
Come visit the Nauvoo Temple and feel the great
spirit of sacrifice of the early the Nauvoo residents. Visit Nauvoo,
Illinois this summer and remember it always!
A Video Glimpse of the Nauvoo Pageant
Visit the Restored Nauvoo Illinois Temple
This beautiful temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
stands as a testimony of the sacrifices of the early saints in Nauvoo, Illinois.
Originally built from 1841-1846, the Nauvoo Temple was abandonded as the saints
headed west to avoid escalating persecution. After mosting falling in ruin, the
LDS church reacquired the temple lot in 1937. In 2002 the Nauvoo Temple was rebuilt, restored and dedicated for
use again. See the
Nauvoo Temple session schedule. Although only active LDS members may enter the temple,
anyone can visit the grounds and take pictures of this beatiful building.
Learn more about the
rebuilding and restoration of the Nauvoo Temple. Visit the Nauvoo Temple Arrival Center
located north of the temple which is available for nonpatron family and friends. There are facilities
for temple patrons to freshen up and change clothes prior to entering the temple. Secure lockers are provided.
There is a mother's room and an area designed for children to enjoy Church-approved films. Don't miss the
opportunity to visit this magnificent temple while you explore historic Nauvoo Illinois.
A Cast Of Hundreds On Stage
consist of a core cast of 20 professional quality actors who perform
the speaking parts. They are joined by over a hundred more ensemble
cast members on stage each evening. These volunteer cast members are
families, couples and individuals who apply to serve at their own
expense. Most serve for two weeks and many make great sacrifices to
be in the pageant. The core cast serves all summer while the five
ensemble family casts serve on a rotating schedule during the
pageant season. These ensemble family casts consist of over 600
individuals who volunteer their time to perform each week. These
cast members range in age from young todlers to senior citizens.
They come from the US, Canada, England and abroad to participate.
These dedicated cast members make the Nauvoo & British Pageants come
to life telling the true, historic events of Nauvoo.
Many Hundreds More Behind The Scenes
Hundreds of volunteers make sure costumes, food, stage, lighting and
other aspects of the pageant run smoothly. These dedicated volunteer
staff members spend countless hours making sure every detail is just
right. A work crew of over 20 young men donates their services for
weeks before and during the pageant season. Others donate supplies
that are used in the pageant's Preshow Celebration Country Fair that
is held at 7:00 PM each evening before the pageant performance at
8:30 PM Tuesdays through Saturdays.
Year Round Nauvoo Activities
There is something fun to do in beautiful Nauvoo year-round. Come
enjoy the walking tours, shows and living historic district. Nauvoo
is where you can experience history alive every day. In addition to
the year-round activities, Nauvoo is the location for many wonderful
events and festivals your whole family will enjoy. Many of these
events have become regional traditions and attract people from
around the world. See our dedicated and talented Senior and Young
Performing Missionaries in shows and in the historic homes. If you
come in the summer, don't miss the Nauvoo & British Pageants. But if
you can't come then, come anytime. We are here waiting for you! for
more information. Check the Nauvoo
for more details.
See a Map
of Nauvoo that will help you when you come for a visit.
The Story Told By The Pageants
A cast and crew of more than 1,100 volunteers bring to life early
Mormon history in 1840's Nauvoo, Illinois. Early converts to the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the U.S. and England
are portrayed in these two outdoor theatrical productions. The
pageants tell the story of many church members who left their
homelands and sacrificed so much to join with other church members
in Nauvoo, Illinois. Their stories of hope, joy and inspiration help
us understand the great legacy they left to us to carry on in our
Historical True Accounts Portrayed
The scripts used in the pageants are based on actual journals and
historical records from the 1800's as well as traditional and original
music. Presenting both the Nauvoo and British pageants allows audiences
to view the close and continuing relationship between members of the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the British Isles and
those in the United States. The faith, devotion, and sacrifice of the
nineteenth-century British church members helped make possible the
flourishing religious community that was established in 1840's Nauvoo,
Illinois. The sorrows and trials of the saints is portrayed, but the
focus is on the great blessings and joy they received in following a
Have You Ever Wondered What It Is Like To Be A Pageant Cast
Serving as a cast member in the Nauvoo British Pageants in Nauvoo,
Illinois is an incredible experience. Here are some video clips from
the 2016 pageant family ensemble cast. Get a "behind the scenes"
glimpse at this unique service opportunity. See "A Day In The Life of
a Cast Member" Video Series.
The Pageant's Preshow Celebration and Country Fair
The Pageant's Country Fair is a favorite of pageant guests. Each
night of the pageant at 7:00 PM, guests are invited to stroll the
pageant field and take part in over 20 different activites from the
1840's Nauvoo era. Guests saw logs, dance round dances, tie quilts, see
puppet shows, play stick ball, try stick pull and stilts, tie rugs, and
much, much more. As the sun sets, young pageant guests join a bagpipe
parade signaling the beginning of the Pageant performance at 8:30 PM.
See Fair Pictures
Service Project Opportunities
The Pageant accepts donations of items used in the Pageant's Preshow
Celebration and Country Fair. These items include Whirligigs, Hankie
Dolls, Rag Strips, Sock Puppets and other items. The thousands of
pageant guests that enjoy the Country Fair each evening use these items,
and thousands of items are even given as souvenirs each evening. These
service opportunites work great for Eagle Scout projects, families,
church youth or other group service projects. The items donated by these
service projects greatly enhances our guest's pageant experience. We are
very grateful for the help we receive each season. If you are interested
in helping with these items,
Service Opportunities here.
The Nauvoo & British Pageants in Nauvoo, Illinois. See
them this summer - Remember them always. There has never been a
better time to visit Historic Nauvoo!