The Rexburg Tabernacle is yet another item that is widely overlooked and under-appreciated in Rexburg. It’s a local historic Gem. I’ve always wanted to go see the inside of it, but never made an effort, as I thought it wasn’t going to be very interesting. It was originally built as a meeting house for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but was recovered by the City of Rexburg shortly after the Teton Flood. Originally, it held Church meetings, Conferences, and baptisms were even performed there. It was dedicated in the 1930′s by President Joseph F. Smith.
The Tabernacle features a large stage, pipe organ, and seating for 1,800 people, including the balcony (that is blocked off from the public — that didn’t stop us from sneaking up the stairs). It plays host to numerous local groups on various nights and weekends. One of the more popular groups seen here is Rexburg’s Barbershop Carousel which features different local men singing barbershop music.
The Tabernacle is absolutely beautiful, with intricate designs that cover the walls and ceiling. There are two stained glass windows at the front of the building that feature the wording “LDS”, which was interesting to see. The benches are made of all wood, and many of them show their age, as they creak when sitting. Along the walls of the tabernacle are many glass cases filled with pictures and other bits of history that walk you through the ages and events that have happened over the years.
To see the tabernacle, it’s completely free and open to the public. I’d highly recommend a visit on a lazy afternoon when you’re looking for something to do.
The basement of the Tabernacle houses the Teton Dam Flood Museum. Here you can relive what destroyed the valley years ago. Whether you visit the tabernacle or the museum, it makes for an enjoyable outting. While we visited the museum at the same time as the tabernacle, I’ll do a separate write-up of that here.
51 N. Center
Rexburg, ID 83440
(Located right behind Taco Bell. You can’t miss it.)
Winter: October – April Monday: 11:00am – 7:00pm Tuesday – Friday: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Summer: May – September Monday: 10:00am – 7:00pm Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm