Practical Tips for Visiting LDS sites in Kirtland, Ohio

We visited Kirtland in August of 2013.  The weather was cool and beautiful.  It was past “peak” season, so it was not crowded at any of the sites.  We were there on a Sunday, so we attended sacrament meeting at the local Kirtland ward, and then went to the Visitors’ Center afterward.  We had plenty of time to visit all the sites before they closed.


Location and Hours

Check the Church website for the latest information:


Kirtland Visitors’ Center

7800 Kirtland-Chardon Rd.

Kirtland, OH 44094


Open M-Sat 9:00am-7:00pm  (5:00pm in winter)

Sunday  11:30am – 7:00pm

Admission is free

At the Kirtland Visitors’ Center you can visit:

The Newel K. Whitney Store

The Whitney home

Johnson Inn Resource Center (museum)

The Kirtland Sawmill

The Kirtland Ashery

There are guided tours here (usually senior missionary couples).  You can see all of these places in 2-3 hours (or less, if you are in a hurry)

Nearby, but too far to walk:

Isaac Morley Farm –– a few minutes by car from the visitors’ center.

The Kirtland temple stone quarry


The John Johnson home is in Hiram, about a 30-minute drive from Kirtland.  There are free tours of the home there, given by missionaries.  Allow at least an hour to spend there, plus an hour driving time (round trip).


The Kirtland Temple

9020 Chillicothe Rd.

Kirtland, OH 44094

(440) 256-3318

The Kirtland Temple is owned by Community of Christ Church.  There is a very nice museum at the visitors’ center, with artifacts from the early church, and lots of information on the time period of 1830-1838.

Check their website for the most up-to-date information

Hours of Operation:


Feb — Tours on Saturday & Sunday by appt. only

Mar-Apr: Wed-Sat 10:00am – 4:00pm, Sun 1:00 – 4:00

May-Oct:  Mon – Sat 9:00am – 5:00pm, Sun 1:00 – 5:00

Nov-Dec:  Wed-Sat 10:00am – 4:00pm, Sun 1:00 – 4:00

Admission is $3.00

The nearest airport to Kirtland is Cleveland,  which is about 25 miles away.  We stayed in the Marriott Residence Inn by the Airport for a reasonable price.  The room slept 5-6 (2 queens and a sofa bed) and had a full kitchen.  A hot breakfast was included, with cold and hot foods — waffles, eggs, potatoes, oatmeal, cereal, muffins, etc.  We were very pleased with our accommodations.  However, this hotel is well outside the city, with limited choices of restaurants nearby.

About Melinda

I am a happily married to my best friend and am a mother of 4 wonderful children. I have lived in Arizona most of my life, growing up in Tempe. I love to travel and share experiences and tips with others to help them create great trips. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I include LDS-specific interests, sites and links in my travel writing.
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