Community of Christ

Visit - Independence

Temple and Auditorium

Community of Christ invites all to visit the Temple and Auditorium which house the denomination’s International Headquarters.

In the Temple, visitors can follow the Worshiper’s Path, filled with symbolic artwork, or the 1,600-seat Temple Sanctuary, featuring a spiral ceiling rising 195 feet and the 102-rank, 5,685-pipe organ. The Temple also houses a Meditation Chapel which overlooks a garden designed by master gardeners from Japan, an award-winning stained-glass window, and a museum (by appointment).

The Auditorium (not on tour) features a 5,800-seat chamber with an expansive domed ceiling rising 90 feet. The chamber features one of the largest free-standing organs in the United States with 6,334 pipes.

Plan Your Visit


Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Holiday Closings

The Temple is completely closed on the following days:

New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day (USA), President’s Day (USA), Good Friday, Easter, Memorial Day (USA), Independence Day (USA), Labor Day (USA), Thursday through Sunday at Thanksgiving (USA), Christmas Eve through New Year’s Eve


Entrance to the Temple is free. 

Guided Tours

Guided tours are available Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Tours begin at the Temple and last approximately 30 minutes. A free, self-guided audio tour is available. Guided tours are offered when a guide is available. Schedule a guided tour by calling Visitor Services at (816) 833-1000, ext. 2030 or by e-mail

Museum Hours

Museum tours must be requested by contacting Visitor Services at (816) 833-1000, ext. 2030 or e-mail. Tours will only be granted if a tour guide is available. 

Calendar of Events

Daily Prayer for Peace

Wherever you might be, we invite you to join us for a moment of silent prayer as we are praying for peace at the Temple at 1:00 p.m. central time, 365 days a year.

If you are in Independence, Missouri, we invite you to join us for the Prayer for Peace in the Temple Sanctuary at 1:00 p.m. The Prayer for Peace is open to the public every day, except when the Temple is closed for a holiday. Each day prayer is offered for a specific country. The service lasts approximately 15 minutes.

Check the Calendar of Events for today's country.

Organ Recitals

The Temple will be open to the public for 30-minute organ recitals  every Sunday at 2:30 p.m., except holidays.

The headquarters complex houses two organs, the Temple Casavant and the Auditorium Aeolian-Skinner pipe organs. Check the Calendar of Events for information on demonstration organ recitals. 


The Temple bookstore is closed. Orders can be placed by

Paid orders may be arranged to be picked up at the Temple visitor desk.

Library and Archives

The library and archives are private. Students and scholars can request appointment to conduct research