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ALTAMONT

Ben Winter Steam Engine Musuem
1815 East 900th Avenue
This site houses a significant collection of historic/cultural artifacts of the 19th century related to steam powered farm equipment and farming methods of the period, such as a steam engine from 1894 and a threshing machine from 1881. Some of the items in the collection are rare and all are in working condition.
618-483-6665

ARCOLA

Illinois Amish Interpretive Center

111 S. Locust
The first museum in Illinois dedicated to the Amish culture. Traces the history of the Amish religion and provides an extensive look into the lives of Illinois Amish. 18 minute video, meals, tours, gift shop, book store, and accommodations.
217-268-3599
800-45a-mish
www.amishcenter.com

The Johnny Gruelle Raggedy Ann and Andy Museum
110 Main St.
The only official licensed Raggedy Ann and Andy Museum in the world! Dedicated to preserving the life and times of Arcola born John Gruelle, who created the characters. Visit our gift shop filled with licensed products.
217-268-4908
www.raggedyann-museum.org

ASSUMPTION

Assumption Historical Society/Museum
133 N Chestnut
Museum displays old school pictures from Assumption. Open by appointment.
217-226-3915

ATHENS

Abraham Lincoln Long Nine Museum
200 S. Main St.
Has electronic audio narrated dioramas that depict Abe the railsplitter, the self-taught scholar, the story teller, the lawyer and the politician.
217-636-8755

ATLANTA

Atlanta Library & Museum
100 SE Race Street
The octagon shaped building is one of the few in Illinois. It features classic details of the 1840s with solid oak woodwork. A Seth Thomas clock tower is on the library lawn; it must be hand cranked every 8 days. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
217-648-2112

ATWOOD

Harris Agricultural Museum
202 W. Locust Ave.
A new museum and some exhibits are still under construction. The museum houses the most authentic agricultural display including antique tractors (1922-1937), engines, a 1919 model T-Ford Grain/Dump truck, replicas of a 1920's farmstead kitchen and more.
217-578-2231
800-500-5438
www.harriscompanies.com

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BENLD

Hot Metal Heaven Museum
Central and Main St
Collection of letterpress printing memorabilia
217-854-2141

BLOOMINGTON

Presence, Pride & Passion: A History of African Americans in McLean County
200 N. Main Street
The McLean County Museum of History will exhibit the local experiences of African Americans in the McLean County from 1840 to the present. This features over 60 artifacts which will highlight the challenges they faced and reflect the diverse stories.
309-827-0428

Prarie Aviation Museum
2929 East Empire
Highlights the History of Aviation from the Wright Brothers to Illinois Astronauts. View or take a ride in the restored DC-3, The National Historic Registry's only Flying Exhibit!
309-663-7632
www.prairieaviationmuseum.org

Mclean County Museum of History
200 N. Main St.
Listed in the Register of Historic Sites. The nationally accredited museum is housed in a magnificent old courthouse located in downtown Bloomington.
309-827-0428
www.mchistory.org

Illinois Coaches Association Golf Hall of Fame
502 Sale Barn Rd.
Located at Prairie Vista Golf Course, the Golf Hall of Fame honors Illinois high school golf coaches and others for their efforts on behalf of junoir golfers and high school golf.
309-434-2217

BLOOMINGTON/NORMAL

Challenger Learning Center at Prairie Aviation Museum
2901 East Empire Rd.
Through scheduled team missions, the Challenger Learning Center promotes leadership, communication, problem-solving and critical thinking skills while supporting our country’s goals of improving science, math and technology education.
309-661-1621
www.challengercentralillinois.org

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CHAMPAIGN/URBANA

Champaign County Historical Museum at the Cattle Bank
102 E. University Ave.
Beautifully restored cattlebank showcases more than 100 years of Champaign county's people, events, architecture and life styles.
217-356-1010
www.champaignmuseum.org

Early American Museum
Route 47
A look back at 19th Century life in the Grand Prairie region of East Central Illinois. Call for group scheduling and fees.
217-586-2612

John Phillip Sousa Library & Museum
236 Harding Band Building, 2nd Floor
Sousa’s personal band music library on display with period band
uniforms and musical instruments.
door.library.uiuc.edu/sousa

Krannert Art Museum & Kinkead
500 E. Peabody Dr.
More than 8,000 works of art ranging from the 4th millenium BCG to present
217-337-1860
www.kam.uiuc.edu

Orpheum Children's Museum
356 N. Neil St.
Hands on science museum that allows children to interact and explore their surroundings. Encourages children to explore, learn, and interpret science while in an informal setting.
217-352-5895
www.m-crossroads.org

Spurlock Museum
600 S. Gregory
Celebrating the people of the world. Special facilities include a focus gallery for temporary exhibits, learning center, auditorium, and educational resource center.
217-333-2360
www.spurlock.uiuc.edu


CHARLESTON

Table Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University
S. 9th & Cleveland Ave.
Offering a year round schedule of art exhibits and activities for all ages. Gift shop and sales rental gallery. Focus on Paul Sargent and Midwest art.
217-581-2787
www.eiu.edu/~tarble

CLINTON

C. H. Moore Homestead
219 E. Woodland
An 1870 Victorian mansion on the national register with 3 buildings of antique farm machinery and a general store.
217-935-6066
www.chmoorehomestead.org

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DANVILLE

Lamon House
N. Logan Ave.
The 1840's Lamon House is believed to be the oldest frame residence in the area. Constructed by Joseph Lamon, cousin of Ward Hill Lamon, Lincoln's law partner and presidential bodyguard.
217-442-2922
www.vermilioncountymuseum.org

Vermillion County Museum
116 North Gilbert St.
Replica of 1833 county courthouse where Lincoln practiced law. Exhibits include Lincoln Law Office, a one-room schoolhouse, natural history displays, coal mine shaft and much more
217-442-2922

DECATUR

Children's Museum of Illinois
55 South Country Club Rd.
Discover the exciting worlds of science, technology, and the arts at this hands-on participatory museum. Great location!
217-423-KIDS

Birks Museum
1184 W. Main St.
Houses 1,000+ vases, lamps and pieces of art glass including wedgewood, Tiffany and Boehm. A large assortment of furniture and Japanese & Chinese art objects.
217-424-6337

Hieronymus Mueller Museum
61 S. Country Club Rd., Scovill Park
When you turn on your faucets, roller skate, get a drink at a water fountain or drive your car-you can see where it all started. An award winning museum.
217-423-6161

Kirkland Galleries
1184 W. Main St.
Three galleries feature 1-artist exhibit during the academic year. Perkinson gallery shows nationally known artist, lower gallery displays photography. Studio gallery displays area student artist.
217-424-6227

Hieronymous Mueller Museum
420 W. Eldorado
You can’t turn your faucet, park your bicycle, go roller skating, get a drink at a public fountain or drive your car without thinking about the inventions of Mr. Mueller. Open 1pm-4pm, Thurs-Sat.
217-423-6161

DIVERNON

World Cowboy Gunspinning Hall of Fame and Museum
The Truckers Homestead, Rt 104
Established in 2003 to honor those individuals who have made significant contributions to the sport of gunspinning, made famous on the "silver screen" and on television.
217-628-3811

DWIGHT

Historical Society Museum/Alton Railroad Depot
119 W. Main
The depot designed by Henry Ives Cobb is now the home of the Dwight Historical Society. The purpose is to preserve the history and culture the pertains to the Dwight area. The depot is listed on the National Register of Historical Sites.
815-584-2091
www.dwightillinois.com

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EFFINGHAM

My Garage R&D Center /Corvette Museum
1 Mid-america Place
Showcases classic and one-of-a-kind corvettes, including Indy pace cars, racing machines, the last C-4 and the first 21st Century model, displayed in a unique 1950 storefront set. Enjoy the amazing array of corvette memorabilia.
217-347-5591
800-500-1500
www.madvet.com

Wilhelmina Art Gallery
400 N. Main St.
Nationally winning art, oils by Wilma Woldt Krueger. Rental, limited and open edition prints, landscapes, wildlife, still life and portraits.
217-347-5874
www.wilhelminaartgallery.com

Effingham County Historic Courthouse
E. Jefferson Ave. at 3rd St.
Built in 1871, this National Register of Historic Places site features an outstanding Italianate faccade and Second Empire architecture. A memorial statue on the grounds is dedicated to Thomas Howard, Earl of Effingham, who resigned his commission as deputy marshall for King George III rather than draw his sword against American colonists.
217-342-5310
800-772-0750

ELKHART

Under the Prairie Frontier Archaeological Museum
109 Governor Oglesby St. P.O. Box 199
This museum has displays of hundreds of authentic artifacts from the frontier period. Included are artifacts that were excavated from the hilltop site of James Latham's 1819 cabin.
217-947-2522

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FAIRBURY

Fairbury Echoes Museum
126 W. Locust
Local museum featuring a Fairbury room and exhibits that change periodically. Open Wednesday and Fridays or by appointment.
815-692-2191

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GRIDLEY

Telephone Museum
318 Center St.
Visit an amazing display of communication services in rural Illinois. Call for tours.
309-747-4118

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HEYWORTH

Simpkins War Museum
605 E. Cole
Personal collection of Gary Simpkins. Permanent displays show artifacts from the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I and II, Korean War, and Desert Storm.
309-473-3989

HOOPESTON

McFarland Early American Museum
RR 1 South
Hundreds of pieces of material dating back to the 1800s, includes farm equipment, radios, washing machines, and household items.
217-283-6160
www.hoopestonchamber.com

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LE ROY

Rike House Museum
406 N. Chestnut
Reservations required. Built in 1853, the house of blacksmith Robert Ingle has undergone extensive restoration. Features antiques, family bible, and LeRoy's first piano.
309-962-3311

J.T. and E.J. Crumbaugh Museum
405 E. Center St.
Museum is located in the lower level of the Crumbaugh Library in Le Roy. The major display is an 1890's re-creation of a child's room and a communications exhibit.
309-962-9391

J.T. and E.J. Crumbaugh Museum
405 E. Center St.
This museum features displays pertaining to the early history of LeRoy and are shown in glass cases. Vintage clothing is shown on mannequins. Historical scrapbooks are on tables for genealogists to read.
309-962-9391

LINCOLN

Lincoln College Museum
300 Keokuk St.
The repository of a large collection of manuscripts, artifacts and other memorabilia relating to the life of Abraham Lincoln. The college also houses the Museum of Presidents, to honor Chief Executives from Washington to the present day.
217-732-3155, ext. 295

Heritage In-Flight Museum
1351 Airport Rd., Logan County Airport
The museum is filled with memorabilia from all the military conflicts dating back to WWI.
217-732-3333

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MAHOMET

Early American Museum
Route 47
A look back at 19th Century life in the Grand Prairie region of East central Illinois. Call for group scheduling and fees.
217-586-2612

MARSHALL

Clark County Historical Museum
502 S. 4th St.
Listed on the National Historic Register, this Greek Revival structure served as the first courthouse until 1838. The building has been used as a store, post office and private home. Learn of the Lincoln/Douglas debates and of the unique county architecture.
217-826-2252

MARTINSVILLE

Lincoln School Museum- Martinsville
7400 E 1500th Rd
This traditional one-room schoolhouse was orginally built in 1888, and named in honor Abraham Lincoln. It is a restored structure and an excellent example of pioneer culture of the early community building period that existed prior to and during the early days of the road in the 19th century.
217-382-4765 or 217-382-6666

McLEAN

Illinois Route 66 Museum/Hall Of Fame
Dixie Truckers' Home, 400 Dixie Rd.
The Hall of Fame features displays and plaques, as well as many other attractions of historical interest.
309-874-2323

MIDDLETOWN

Knapp Library Museum
101 S. Clinton
Oldest commercial brick building in Logan County. Preserving the historical heritage of the Middletown Area Public museum and library.
217-445-2708

MONTICELLO

Monticello Railway Museum
993 Iron Horse Place
Offers vintage train rides on Sat and Sun. May through Oct. View various pieces of steam and electric railroad equipment
217-762-9011
877-762-9011
www.mrym.org

MOUNT PULASKI

Mount Pulaski Township Historical Society Museum
104 E Cook St.
Historical Museum with displays pertaining to Mt. Pulaski Township.
217-792-3719

MOWEAQUA

Moweaqua Coal Mine Museum
129 S. Main St.
Houses a number of coal mining artifacts - Pictures, newspaper clippings, coal mining, tools and other mine related materials on display.
217-768-3019

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NEWTON

Jasper County Museum
100 S. Van Buren
Many past treasures from Jasper County and surrounding areas are on display.
618-783-8141

NOKOMIS

Bottomley-Ruffing-Schalk Baseball Museum
121 W. State St.
Small museum honoring professional baseball players from the surrounding area. Five Cooperstown hall of famers, three are from Montgomery County. Sunny Jim Bottomley, Charlie "Red" Ruffing, and Ray "Kraker" Shalk. Robin Rober and umpire Al Barlic.
217-563-2516

NORMAL

Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame
8 Traders Circle
Located in the Holiday Inn, The IBCA Hall of Fame honors players, coaches, teams, officials, media, and friends of basketball in Illinois basketball history.
309-452-8300

Children's Discovery Museum
101 E. Beaufort
Come experience three floors of unique, hands-on, larger than life exhibits! This museum is designed to create a sense of wonder that excites that love of learning in children of all ages. Be sure to discover the new Children's Discovery Museum!
309-433-3444
www.childrensdiscoverymuseum.net

ISU Galleries
110 Center for the Visual Arts
ISU Galleries consists of three galleries that exhibit nationally known works, or the latest projects from ISU students. Call for summer hours.
309-438-5487
www.cfa.ilstu.edu/galleries/

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OAKLAND

Museum Of Christian Heritage and Hall of Recognition
Southeast corner Of Washington & Walnut
Religious history displays include memorabilia from local area churches past and present.
217-346-3274

OBLONG

Illinois Oil Field Museum
10570 N. 150th Ave., Located on the west edge of Oblong
An interesting and extensive collection of oil field memorabilia, working displays, and research material.
618-592-6439

PARIS

Bicentennial Art Center
132 S. Central
Historic mansion turned into an art gallery with rotating displays, featuring noted Midwest artists, local shows and a permanent collection. Call for exhibition schedule. The works of Alice Baber are included in our permanent collection.
217-466-8130

Heartland Antique Auto Museum
State Rt. 1 North
Walk among early cars from the turn-of-the-century through the early 1950's. This museum is also the site of a restoration shop for classic V12 and V16 Cadillacs and Duesenbergs as well as custom built vintage Indy cars. Developing a military museum.
217-463-1834

PETERSBURG

Menard County Historical Museum
125 S. 7th St.
Housed in an 1890 Victorian building, the Menard County Museum contains documents, records, clothing and artifacts relating to Menard County.
217-632-7363

Edgar Lee Masters Memorial Museum
Eighth & Jackson Streets
In memory of American poet, Edgar Lee Masters, author of, "The Spoon River Anthology". The memorabilia of his life and works are displayed in the house where he lived as a young boy.
217-632-7363

PONTIAC

Catherine V. Yost Museum
298 W. Water St.
The Yost house was built in 1898 by Z. F. Yost. The museum portrays the life of an upper middle class family during the late 1800's and early 1900's.
815-844-5847 or 800-835-2055

Route 66 Hall of Fame Museum
110 W. Howard St.
Located in the old City Firehouse. Step back in time and travel the Mother Road. Displays, memorabilia and much more.
815-844-IL66 or 800-835-2055 (Pontiac Tourism)

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RANTOUL

Octave Chanute Aerospace Museum
1011 Pace Setter Dr.
Largest aerospace museum in Illinois. Occupying more than 126,000 square feet plus outdoor air park.
217-893-1613
www.aeromuseum.org

ROBINSON

Crawford County VFW Post #4549 Military Museum & Memorial Wall
712 East Main Street
This newly remodeled ICRR depot features a military museum & beautifully etched granite wall with the names of 2,995 living and deceased veterans.
618-546-1557

Crawford County Historical Museum
408 South Cross St.
Features archeological displays, artifacts, and other items pertaining to the Crawford County area.
618-592-3310 or 618-544-3087

ROSSVILLE

Depot Museum
210 E. Benton St.
The Depot Museum is operated by the Danville Junction Chapter of the Railway Historical Society. The Museum honors the railroad industry and it includes records for research puroposes.
217-442-2096
800-383-4386
www.prairienet.org/djc-nrhs/museum.html

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SHELBYVILLE

Boarman's Chevy BelAir Museum
224 W. Main St.
Decorated in 50s sock-hop style. Houses ten cars as well as an Indy Pace Car, memorabilia, Chevy clocks, neon signs and a jukebox.
217-774-4919

SHIPMAN

Southwestern Farm & Home Museum
Rt. 116
A living memorial that offers an insight into rural and farming life. Exhibits include antique farm implements and a great number of household items.
618-836-5840

Southwestern Farm and Home Museum
Route 16 at Shipman Community Park
A living memorial that offers an insight into rural and farming life. Exhibits include antique farm implements and a great number of household items.
618-836-7792 or 618-836-5840

SHIRLEY

Funk Gem & Mineral Museum
10875 Prairie Home Lane
Located at the Funk Prairie Home, this is the largest single person display of rare gems, minerals, fossils and lapidary art in the state; a true hidden treasure! Also includes a history of agriculture exhibit and several antique sleighs and carriages.
309-827-6792 or 800-433-8226
www.visitbn.org

SPRINGIFLED

Illinois Fire Museum
Building Number 7-Central Ave. & Main St. (Illinois State Fairgrounds)
The museum is home to one of the nations largest collections of firefighter patches.As well as antique fire service memorabilia, art works, equipment and sculptures.
217-524-8754

Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation Museum
3936 N. Peoria Rd.
Preserves Illinois State Police’s history which began in 1923. The museum showcases ISP’s proud heritage through educational exhibits of uniforms, badges, photographs, and more, and features its collection of vintage squad cars.
217-525-1922

Shea's Gas Station Museum
2075 Peoria Rd.
A favorite photo stop for Route 66 travelers from around the world. Shea's is charming and eclectic collection of over half a century of gas station memorabilia.
Shea's is closed during the Illinois State Fair.
217-522-0475

Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War Museum
503 S. Walnut St.
A complete set of the "War of the Rebellion: Official records of the Union and Confederate Armies". The set might aid in your search for a missing link in your family history. (Open Saturday and Sunday by appointment only.)
217-544-0616

Grand Army of The Republic Memorial Museum
629 S. 7th St.
A cornucopia of Civil War memorabilia, including "Tinytype" by Civil War photographer Matthew Brandy.It was donated to the National Woman's Relief Corps in tribute to the Union Veterans of the war between the states.
217-522-4373

Illinois State Museum
502 S. Spring St.
Permanent and changing exhibits on Illinois's land, life, people and art. Hands on children's discovery room. The museum store contains high quality crafts created by Illinois artisans.
217-782-7386
www.museum.state.il.us

Edwards Place
700 N. 4th
In 1913 Edwards Place was deeded to the Springfield Art Association which now extends into the adjoining complex housing and art gallery school of art and the Michael Victor II Art Library.
217-523-2631

Illinois State Museum Research and Collection Center
109 N. Seventh St.
The Illinois State Museum scientists conduct research and maintain collections in anthropology, botany, geology, zoology and art.
217-789-2360
www.visit-springfieldillinois.com

Museum of Funeral Customs
1440 Monument Ave.
New Museum - One of only two in the US that shows the history of American Funeral Service and mourning practices from circa 1840 to the present.
217-544-3480
www.FuneralMuseum.org

STONINGTON

Paublo Agricultural Museum
2160 N 2000 E. Rd.
The objective of this museum is to preserve and promote agriculture from the past to the present. To accomplish this, the museum building houses, antique trailers, threshing machines, horse-drawn equipment, and other exhibits are connected to farm life.
217-824-3829

STREATOR

Streatorland Historical Society Museum
306 South Vermilion Street
Museum featuring area memorabilia about Streator and Streatorland natives.
815-672-2443

SULLIVAN

Wards Museum
1 Masonic Way
Visit the beautiful grounds and see a collection of over 10,000 specimens of sea shells, primitive furniture and antique glassware.
217-728-4394
888-375-8323

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TAYLORVILLE

Christian County Coal Mine Museum
200 W Vine
Featuring the history of and memorabilia pertaining to coal mining in Christian County. Visit the coal miner monument on the courthouse lawn.
217-823-1819

TEUTOPOLIS

Teutopolis Monastery Museum
110 S. Garrot St.
Teutopolis became the home to Franciscan Friars in 1858. The present museum, housed within the monastery, features religious artifacts from the Friars and local and regional collections depicting the pioneer era of the community.
217-857-3586

TUSCOLA

Douglas County Museum
700 South Main Street
Come learn about local history, with rotating exhibits and special events.
217-253-2535

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URBANA

Cinema Gallery
120 W. Main St
Cinema Gallery features fine arts and crafts by 36 Central Illinois artists including faculty from U of I, Parkland, and EIU. The main gallery shows rotate monthly.
217-367-3711

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WATSEKA

Iroquois County Historical Society Museum
103 W. Cherry St.
Old ourthouse musuem, houses numerous exhibits and collections of natural and cultural objects reflecting the dinstictive characteristics of the county.
815-432-2215

Watseka Union Depot
Box 121 S. 2nd St.
This railroad depot is now the home to railroad memorabilia displays.
815-432-4731

WILLIAMSVILLE

Dream Car Museum
120 S. Oak St.
Route 66 Car Museum with 30s, 40s, and 50s cars.
217-566-3799

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