Visit the restored Liberty Jail, where the Prophet Joseph Smith spent approximately five months awaiting trial. While there he received three revelations that are included in the Doctrine and Covenants of the Mormon church today.


Daily, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Admission is free.

Contact Information

216 N Main Street
Liberty, MO 64068
Phone: 816-781-3188

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Group Tours
Wheel Chair Accessible

On this site Joseph Smith and other leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints were imprisoned in an unheated dungeon for nearly five months in the winter of 1838. Charged with treason, they languished here awaiting a trial that never came. While being transferred to another facility, the men were allowed to escape.

Archaeologists were able to locate a portion of the original jail and build a replica using some of the recovered stones. This structure was then enclosed by a visitor center and a viewing area. Visitors can peer into a cutaway of the jail where models of the prisoners stare dejectedly at the floor, while Smith sits at a crude desk writing by candlelight.

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