List of museums in Illinois

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This list of museums in Illinois contains museums which are defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included.

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Name Image Location Region Type Summary Website (if no article)
A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum Chicago Chicago area African American Contributions made by Black Americans to America's labor history Homepage
ABA Museum of Law Chicago Chicago area Law Role of law and the legal profession in America and throughout the world
Abraham Lincoln Long Nine Museum Athens Central Historic site Audio narrated diorama tour telling about Abraham Lincoln and the selection of Springfield as the state capital in the late 1830s
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Lincoln Family.in Abraham Lincoln Museum.jpg Springfield Central Biographical
Addison Historical Museum Addison Chicago area Local history Operated by the Addison Historical Society Homepage
Adler Planetarium Adler fg02.jpg Chicago Chicago area Science
African-American Heritage Museum and Black Veterans Archives Aurora Chicago area Art Sculpture park dedicated to the leaders of Black American history website
African American Museum of Southern Illinois Carbondale Southern African American Homepage, Homepage
Air Classics Museum of Aviation Sugar Grove Northern Illinois Aviation Aircraft, vehicles, uniforms and aviation memorabilia from the 1930s to the present Homepage
Air Combat Museum Springfield Central Aviation Historic combat aircraft Homepage
Alexis Museum Alexis Quad Cities Local history Homepage
All Wars Museum Quincy Western Military Located on the grounds of the Illinois Veterans Home. Displays military artifacts from the Revolutionary War to the present Homepage
Altamont Living Museum Altamont Central Entertainment Homepage
Alton Museum of History and Art Alton Metro-East Local history Exhibits include world's tallest man Robert Pershing Wadlow, Piasa Bird, Lincoln–Douglas debate, American Civil War, and changing art exhibits
Amboy Depot Museum Amboy Il Depot6.jpg Amboy Northern Illinois Railroad History of Amboy and the Illinois Central Railroad
American Farm Heritage Museum Greenville Southern Agriculture Includes tractors and farm machinery Homepage,
American Fluorite Museum Rosiclare Southern Mining Exhibits on fluorspar mining industry, fluorite ore specimens, mining paraphernalia and photographs Information
American Movie Palace Museum Elmhurst Chicago area Entertainment Operated by the Theatre Historical Society of America, objects from the era of the great movie palaces in the U.S. Homepage
American Toby Jug Museum Evanston Chicago area Decorative art Toby jug collection, open by appointment Information
Americana Hollywood Museum Metropolis Southern Media Store and museum of Hollywood collectibles Homepage, Further information
Anderson Mansion Museum Carlinville Central Open air Operated by the Macoupin County Historical Society, includes Victorian house with period displays, schoolhouse and print shop Homepage
Andover Historical Museum Andover Western Local history Information
Aplington House Polo Northern Illinois Historic house Operated by the Polo Historical Society Homepage
Apple River Fort State Historic Site Elizabeth Il Apple River Fort2.JPG Elizabeth Northern Illinois Living Recreated 1830s fort
Arlington Heights Historical Museum Arlington Heights Chicago area Open air Includes 1882 Victorian home, coach house, 1906 soda pop factory, 1908 Banta house and a replica 1830s log cabin Homepage
Art Institute of Chicago Art Institute of Chicago Front.jpg Chicago Chicago area Art
Arts Club of Chicago 20070701 Arts Club of Chicago.JPG Chicago Chicago area Art Changing exhibits of cutting edge and avant-garde art
ArtWorks Children's Museum Ingleside Chicago area Children's Homepage
Atlanta Museum Atlanta Central Local history Homepage
Atkinson Museum Atkinson Western Local history Information
Atkinson-Peek House Moline Quad Cities Historic house Operated by the Rock Island County Historical Society Homepage
Augustana College Art Museum Rock Island Quad Cities Art Part of Augustana College
Aurora Regional Fire Museum Arfm facade.jpg Aurora Chicago area Firefighting
Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture Chicago Chicago area Cultural Lithuanian history, culture and art
Barb City Motorcycle Museum DeKalb Northern Illinois Transportation Over 90 motorcycles on display Homepage
Barrington Area Historical Society Barrington Chicago area Local history Located in Old Barrington Center Homepage
Bartlett History Museum Bartlett Chicago area Local history Homepage
Batavia Depot Museum Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad Depot (Batavia, IL) 01.JPG Batavia Northern Illinois Railroad Operated by the Batavia Historical Society
Beall Mansion Alton Metro-East Historic house Turn of the 20th century mansion designed by world famous architect, Lucas Pfeifenberger. The former residence of Senator Edmond Beall, politician and industrialist. Located on Millionaire's Row in the Middletown Historic District. Tours by appointment. Overnight lodging, wedding and reception facilities are available. Homepage
Beardstown Historical Museum Beardstown Western Local history Located in the courthouse with the Old Lincoln Courtroom, collection includes guns, Civil War memorabilia, and Native American artifacts. Homepage
Beardstown River Museum Beardstown Western Maritime Impact of the Illinois River on the area; houses the Chamber of Commerce office Homepage
Beith House Museum William Beith House (St. Charles, IL) 01.JPG St. Charles Northern Illinois Historic house
Belgian Museum of the Quad Cities Moline Quad Cities Ethnic Also known as the Center for Belgian Culture Homepage
Beller Museum Romeoville Chicago area Automotive Open by appointment. Displays cars, trucks and memorabilia Homepage
Ben Winter Museum Altamont Central Technology Antique steam engines Homepage
Benjamin Stephenson House Benjamin Stephenson House (front).JPG Edwardsville Metro-East Historic house
Bethalto Historical Museum Bethalto Metro-East Local history Homepage
Bethel School (Macon County, Illinois) Friends Creek Township Central School Operated by the Macon County Conservation District Homepage
Big Rock Historical Society Crib Museum Big Rock Chicago area Local history Homepage
Billy Barnhart Museum Oregon Northern Illinois Commodity Collection includes vintage toys, collectibles, sleighs, farm equipment, and other relics of the past Information, Further information
Billy Graham Center Museum Wheaton Chicago area Religious History of Christian evangelism in the United States, Billy Graham, missions and Christian themes
Birks Museum Decatur Central Decorative arts Part of Millikin University Homepage
Bishop Hill State Historic Site Bishop Hill Western Open air Site of a former Utopian community
Blackberry Farm Museum Aurora Chicago area Living Five museums including the Carriage House, the Farm Museum, the Early Streets Museum and the Huntoon House, Victorian era Homepage
Blackwell History of Education Museum DeKalb Northern Illinois History Part of Northern Illinois University. Exhibits concern the history of American education, including a replica one-room schoolhouse Homepage
Black Hawk State Historic Site Rock Island Quad Cities Native American Includes John Hauberg Museum of American Indian Life and Singing Bird Nature Center
Bloomingdale Park District Museum Bloomingdale Chicago area Art Changing local art exhibits Homepage
Blue Island Historical Museum Blue Island, Illinois Southern Local History Operated by the Blue Island Historical Society in the lower level of the Blue Island Public Library, illustrates the history of the Blue Island area from before the time of the city's founding in 1836. The society also operates the historic Albee House museum. Homepage
Boone County Historical Museum Belvidere Northern Illinois Local history Operated by the Boone County Historical Society, includes 160-year-old log cabin, general store, bank, barbershop, one room school displays Homepage
Breaking the Prairie Museum Mendota Northern Illinois Agriculture Operated by the Mendota Museum & Historical Society, focus on farm family life, equipment, livestock and faith Homepage, Further information
Bretton and Black Museum Hampton Quad Cities Local history Operated by the Hampton Historical Society Homepage
Bronzeville Children's Museum Chicago Chicago area Children's Focuses on the historical experiences of African-American children
Brunk Morgan Horse Museum Rochester Central Historic house Exhibits about George Brunk, breeder of the Morgan horse Homepage
Bryant Cottage State Historic Site Bement Central Historic house Middle-class mid-19th century house
Bureau County Museum Princeton Northern Illinois Historic house Operated by the Bureau County Historical Society. Museum occupies two adjacent homes, Clark-Norris Home and Newell-Bryant House Homepage
Burpee Museum of Natural History Burpee museum rockford.JPG Rockford Northern Illinois Natural history
Bushnell-Wheeler House South Beloit Northern Illinois Historic house Information
Butterworth Center Butterworth Centre Ceiling.jpg Moline Quad Cities Historic house Features antique Venetian-style ceiling paintings Homepage
Byron Museum of History Byron Northern Illinois Local history Homepage
Cahokia Courthouse State Historic Site Cahokia Metro-East Historic site Reconstructed frontier courthouse
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site Collinsville Metro-East Native American Site of an ancient American Indian city
Cairo Custom House Cairo Southern Local history Includes exhibits about local African American heritage, USS Cairo (1861), prehistoric Native American artifacts Information
Calumet City Historical Society Museum Calumet City Chicago area Local history Homepage
Camp Grant Museum Rockford Northern Illinois Military History of Camp Grant Homepage
Cantigny Wheaton Chicago area Historic site 1,000-acre (4.0 km2) estate with two museums: Robert R. McCormick Museum, a 1930s historic mansion with biographical exhibits, and the First Division Museum at Cantigny
Carl Sandburg State Historic Site Galesburg Western Biographical Boyhood home and museum about poet Carl Sandburg
Catharine V. Yost House Museum Pontiac Central Historic house Homepage
Catlin Heritage Museum Catlin Central Local history Operated by the Catlin Historical Society Homepage
Cedarhurst Center for the Arts Mt. Vernon Southern Art Includes Mitchell Museum, Cedarhurst Sculpture Park, main gallery with changing exhibits
Cedarville Area Historical Society Museum Cedarville Northern Illinois Local history Homepage
Center for American Archeology Kampsville Central Archeology Prehistory of the lower Illinois River Valley
Center for History Wheaton Chicago area Local history Formerly Wheaton History Center Homepage
Centralia Area Historical Museum Centralia Southern Local history Homepage
Cernan Earth and Space Center Cesc.jpg River Grove Chicago area Aerospace
Champaign County Historical Museum Champaign Champaign-Urbana Metropolitan Area Local history Homepage
Chana School Oregon, Illinois Chana School 01.JPG Oregon Northern Illinois School
Chaplin Creek Village Franklin Grove Northern Illinois Open air Operated by the Franklin Grove Area Historical Society. Historical restoration depicting a mid-19th century prairie settlement Homepage
Charles Gates Dawes House Museum Dawes 1.JPG Evanston Chicago area Historic house Also known as the Evanston History Center. The Evanston History Center is located in the historic Charles Gates Dawes house, built in 1894 on a two-acre Lakeshore site. The house is in the French Chateaux style and was designed by Henry Edwards-Ficken. The three-and-a-half story mansion has twenty-five rooms, six bedrooms, seven bathrooms and eleven fireplaces.
Chatham Railroad Museum Chatham Central Railroad Homepage
Cherry Valley Historical Society Museum Cherry Valley Northern Illinois Local history Homepage
Chester Gould-Dick Tracy Museum Woodstock Northern Illinois Entertainment Comic strip artist Chester Gould and his character Dick Tracy
Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design Chicago Chicago area Art Art of design in all areas of the discipline: architecture, industrial and product design, graphics and urban planning [1]
Chicago Athenaeum's International Sculpture Park Schaumburg Chicago area Art Outdoor sculpture park on 20 acres (81,000 m2) Homepage
Chicago Children's Museum Chicago Chicago area Children's
Chicago Cultural Center Chicago Cultural Center.jpg Chicago Chicago area Art
Chicago History Museum Pioneer 20071025.jpg Chicago Chicago area Local history
Children's Discovery Museum, Illinois Normal Central Children's Homepage
Children's Museum in Edwardsville Edwardsville Metro-East Children's Homepage
Children's Museum in Oak Lawn Oak Lawn Chicago area Children's Homepage
Children's Museum of Illinois Decatur Central Children's Homepage
Children's Neighborhood Museum Round Lake Chicago area Children's Homepage
Chinese-American Museum of Chicago Chicago Chicago area Ethnic Chinese-American cultural heritage of the Midwest
Clark County Museum Marshall Central Local history McCann House, operated by the Clark County Historical Society Homepage
Clarke House Museum Chicago Chicago area Historic house 1836 pre-Civil War Greek Revival house
Collinsville Historical Museum Collinsville Metro-East Local history Homepage
Colonel Davenport House Rock Island Quad Cities Historic house Homepage
Colonel Palmer House Crystal Lake Northern Illinois Historic house Operated by the Crystal Lake Historical Society Homepage
Crawford County Historical Society Museum Robinson Southern Local history Homepage
Cuneo Museum Vernon Hills Chicago area Historic house 1914 Mediterranean-style mansion with decorative arts & furnishings
Dana-Thomas House Springfield Central Historic house Prairie-style house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War Museum Springfield Central Civil War Homepage
David Davis Mansion Bloomington Il David Davis Mansion3.JPG Bloomington Central Historic house 36 room Italianate villa mansion
David L. Pierce Art and History Center Aurora Chicago area Multiple Local history and art, operated by the City of Aurora, exhibits by the Aurora Historical Society and the Aurora Public Art Commission
Deere-Wiman House Moline Quad Cities Historic house 1872 home of Charles Deere Homepage
Deerfield Historic Village Deerfield Chicago area Open air Operated by the Deerfield Area Historical Society Homepage
DePaul University Museum Chicago Chicago area Art Part of DePaul University Homepage
Dewitt County Museum Clinton Central Open air Includes the C. H. Moore Homestead, telephone exhibit and farm museum
Dickson Mounds Museum Lewistown Western Native American Satellite museum of the Illinois State Museum
Dietrich Friedrichs House Museum Mount Prospect Chicago area Local history Operated by the Mount Prospect Historical Society Homepage
Dillon Home Museum Sterling Il Dillon Home1.jpg Sterling Northern Illinois Historic house
Discovery Center Museum Rockford Northern Illinois Children's Homepage
Discovery Depot Children's Museum Galesburg Western Children's Homepage
Dixon Historic Center Dixon Northern Illinois Local history Includes exhibits on Ronald Reagan Homepage
Donald E. Stephens Museum of Hummels Rosemont Chicago area Decorative arts M.I. Hummel, ANRI and Goebel figurines Homepage
Donley's Wild West Town Union Northern Illinois History Western theme park and museum Homepage
Downers Grove Park District Museum Downers Grove Chicago area Local history Homepage
Douglas County Museum Tuscola Central Local history Homepage
Dr. Charles M. Wright House Altamont Central Historic house Late 19th century brick mansion
Dundee Township Historical Society Museum West Dundee Chicago area Local history Homepage
DuPage Children's Museum Naperville Chicago area Children's Homepage
DuPage County Historical Museum Wheaton Chicago area Local history Operated by the DuPage County Historical Society, county history, period displays, model railroad
DuPage Heritage Gallery Wheaton Chicago area Local history Exhibits of important local figures Homepage
Durant House Museum St. Charles Northern Illinois Historic house Restored 1840s prairie farmstead Homepage
DuSable Museum of African American History The DuSable Museum.jpg Chicago Chicago area African-American History, art and culture of African-American DuSable residents
Early American Museum Mahomet Champaign-Urbana Metropolitan Area Local history Operated by the Champaign County Forest Preserve District, includes American Indian, pioneer, railroad and Black American exhibits Homepage
Edgar Lee Masters Home Petersburg Central Biographical Home of poet Edgar Lee Masters information
Edgewater Historical Society & Museum Chicago Chicago area Local history Homepage
Edwards Place Springfield Central Historic house Homepage
Eklund History Center Glencoe Chicago area Local history Operated by the Glencoe Historical Society Homepage
Elgin Community College Visual and Performing Arts Center Elgin Chicago area Art Changing exhibits in three fine arts galleries, part of Elgin Community College Homepage
Elgin Historical Society and Museum Elgin Chicago area Local history Includes exhibits about the Elgin National Watch Company and American Indian artifacts Homepage
Elgin Public Museum Elgin Audubon Muesum.JPG Elgin Chicago area Natural history
Elihu Benjamin Washburne House Galena IL Elihu B. Washburne House1.JPG Galena Northern Illinois Historic house
Elijah Iles House Elijah Iles House.JPG Springfield Central Historic house Includes Farrell and Ann Gay Museum of Springfield History Homepage
Elijah P. Curtis Home Metropolis Southern Historic house information
Elizabeth History Museum Elizabeth Northern Illinois Local history Operated by the Elizabeth Historical Society Homepage
Elk Grove Farmhouse Museum Elk Grove Village Chicago area Open air Includes schoolhouse, farmhouse, barn, privy and chicken coop Homepage
Ellwood House and Museum EllwoodHouse eleven.jpg DeKalb Northern Illinois Historic house 1879 Victorian mansion
Elmhurst Art Museum Elmhurst Chicago area Art Homepage
Elmhurst Historical Museum Elmhurst Chicago area Local history Operated by the Elmhurst Historical Society Homepage
Elsah Museum Elsah Central Local history information
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Home Oak Park Chicago area Biographical Includes Ernest Hemingway Museum Homepage
Ernest Hemingway Museum Oak Park Chicago area Biographical Includes Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Home Homepage
Essley-Noble Museum Aledo Quad Cities Local history Operated by the Mercer County Historical Society Homepage
Ethnic Heritage Museum Rockford Northern Illinois Culture Heritage and culture of six local immigrant groups: Irish, Italians, African-Americans, Polish, Lithuanians and Hispanics Homepage
Exploration Station Bourbonnais Chicago area Children's Homepage
Fabyan Villa Museum Geneva Northern Illinois Historic house House redesigned by Frank Lloyd Wright, also Japanese garden, operated by the Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley
Farnsworth House Mies van der Rohe photo Farnsworth House Plano USA 1.jpg Plano Northern Illinois Historic house 1940s home designed and constructed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Fayette County Museum Vandalia Southern Local history Period displays Homepage
Field Museum of Natural History FieldMuseum.jpg Chicago Chicago area Natural history
Fire Museum of Greater Chicago Chicago Chicago area Firefighting Homepage
First Division Museum at Cantigny Wheaton Chicago area Military History of the 1st Infantry Division from the Revolutionary War to the present, located at Cantigny
Flagg Creek Museum Burr Ridge Chicago area Local history Operated by the Flagg Creek Historical Society Homepage
Flagg Township Museum Rochelle Northern Illinois Local history Operated by the Flagg Township Historical Society in the former town hall
Fort de Chartres Fort de Chartres powder magazine 1-02Aug07.jpg Prairie du Rocher Southern Military Reconstructed mid-18th century fort
Fort Hill Heritage Museum Mundelein Chicago area Local history Operated by the Historical Society of Fort Hill Country Information
Fourth St. Museum Chillicothe Quad Cities Local history Operated by the Chillicothe Historical Society Homepage
Fox River Trolley Museum South Elgin Chicago area Transportation Electric trolley cars
Fort Massac Metropolis Southern Military Reconstructed fort
Frances Willard House Evanston Chicago area Historic house
Franklin Creek Grist Mill Franklin Grove Northern Illinois Mill Includes working mill and area watershed displays Homepage
Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Oak Park Chicago area Historic house
Freeport Arts Center Freeport Northern Illinois Art Also known as Freeport Art Museum Homepage
Fryxell Geology Museum Rock Island Quad Cities Natural history Part of Augustana College, rock, mineral and fossil specimens
Fulkerson Mansion & Farm Museum Jerseyville Metro-East Historic house Civil War period mansion and agriculture tools and equipment information
Galena History Museum Galena Northern Illinois Local history Operated by the Galena - Jo Daviess County Historical Society Homepage
Galesburg Civic Art Center Galesburg Western Art Homepage
Galesburg Railroad Museum Galesburg Western Railway
Gardner Museum of Architecture & Design Quincy Gardner Museum.JPG Quincy Western Design Homepage
Garfield Farm and Inn Museum Garfield Farm and Tavern (St. Charles, IL) 01.JPG St. Charles Northern Illinois Farm 1840s period farmhouse, barn and outbuildings
Gaylord Building GaylordBuildingToday dscn5892.jpg Lockport Chicago area Local history Impact of the Illinois & Michigan Canal
Geneseo Historical Museum Geneseo Western Local history Operated by the Geneseo Historical Association Homepage
Geneva History Center Geneva Northern Illinois Local history Operated by the Geneva Historical Society Homepage
George Clayson House Museum George Clayson House (Palatine, IL) 01.JPG Palatine Chicago area Local history Operated by the Palatine Historical Society
George R. Letourneau Home Museum Bourbonnais Chicago area Historic house Operated by the Bourbonnais Grove Historical Society Homepage
German Valley Historical Museum German Valley Northern Illinois Local history Information
Glen Carbon Heritage Museum Glen Carbon Metro-East Local history Homepage
Glenview History Center Glenview Chicago area Local history Operated by the Glenview Area Historical Society, includes the 1864 Farmhouse Museum and the Hibbard Library, a replica of the Victorian coach house Homepage
Glessner House Museum Chicago Chicago area Historic house English arts and crafts-style home furnishings and decorative arts
Governor Duncan Mansion Jacksonville Central Historic house Homepage
Governor Oglesby Mansion Decatur Central Historic house Operated by the Macon County Conservation District Homepage
Graham Ginestra House Rockford Northern Illinois Historic house Information
Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum Springfield Central Civil War Information
Grant Hall Museum Ingleside Chicago area Local history Operated by the Fox Lake-Grant Township Area Historical Society Homepage
Graue Mill and Museum Graue Mill, Oak Brook, IL.jpg Oak Brook Chicago area Mill Operating waterwheel grist mill and homestead
Grayslake Municipal Historical Museum Grayslake Chicago area Local history Operated by the Grayslake Historical Society Homepage
Great Lakes Naval Museum Great Lakes Chicago area Military Exhibits about the life of a U.S. Navy sailor, United States Marine Corps Recruit Training and the Naval Station Great Lakes
Great Western Railroad Museum Elizabeth Northern Illinois Railroad Operated by the Elizabeth Historical Society Homepage
Gregory House Museum White Hall Central Historic house information
Gridley Telephone Museum Gridley Central Technology Evolution of communication services in rural Illinois Homepage
Grosse Point Lighthouse Grosse Point Lighthouse.jpg Evanston Chicago area Lighthouse
Grove National Historic Landmark Glenview Chicago area Multiple Includes 1856 Gothic Revival house, log cabin, Native American longhouse, one-room schoolhouse, Grove Interpretive Center with natural history exhibits, Wetland Greenhouse Homepage
Grundy County Historical Society Museum Morris Northern Illinois Local history Homepage
Haines House Museum Waukegan Chicago area Local history Operated by the Waukegan Historical Society Homepage
Hanna House Museum Fairfield Southern Historic house information
Hard Days Nite Bed & Breakfast & Beatles Mini-Museum Benton Southern Biographical Room where George Harrison slept when in town, includes Beatles memorabilia Homepage
Harley-Davidson Museum HD museum panorama.jpg DeKalb Northern Illinois Transportation History of Harley-Davidson motorcycles
Harris Agricultural Museum Atwood Central Agriculture Agricultural vehicles and equipment including soil, tillage, harvesting and planting equipment. replicas of a 1920's farmstead kitchen, grain elevator office and blacksmith shop Homepage
Hawthorne Works Museum Cicero Chicago area Technology Part of Morton College
Hedges Station Winfield Chicago area Local history Operated by the Winfield Historical Society Homepage
Hegeler Carus Mansion Hegeler carus mansionexterior.gif LaSalle Northern Illinois Historic house
Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center Chicago Chicago area Cultural Greek history, art and culture and the Greek immigrant experience Homepage
Henderson County Museum Raritan Western Local history Information, Further information
Henry County Historical Society Museum New Castle Western Local history Homepage
Henry School Polo Northern Illinois School Operated by the Polo Historical Society Homepage
Heritage Canyon Fulton Northern Illinois Open air Homepage
Heritage Farm Museum Byron Northern Illinois Historic house Open by appointment, mid-19th century farmhouse and outbuildings Homepage, information
Highland Park Historical Society Museum Highland Park Chicago area Historic house Victorian period house and exhibits of local history Homepage
Hinsdale Historical Society Museum Hinsdale Chicago area Historic house 1880s period house Homepage
Historic Auto Attractions FamilyTruckster.jpg Roscoe Northern Illinois Automotive Exhibits include famous cars, a wide array of classic Hollywood movie memorabilia, and a section dedicated to John F. Kennedy.
Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest Oak Park Chicago area Local history Homepage
Hoiles-Davis Museum Greenville Southern Historic house Operated by the Bond County Historical Society Homepage
Holt House Monmouth Central Historic house House where Pi Beta Phi Fraternity was founded Homepage
Homestead Prairie Farm Decatur Central Historic house Operated by the Macon County Conservation District. Exhibits focus on rural life on the Grand Prairie of Illinois in the 1860s Homepage
Horse and Buggy Museum Biggsville Western Transportation Horse-drawn vehicles and farm equipment Homepage
Hoosier Grove Museum Streamwood Chicago area School Operated by the Streamwood Historical Society Homepage
Hull House UIC Hull House.JPG Chicago Chicago area Historic house Part of University of Illinois, former settlement house and museum about Jane Addams and activities at Hull House
Hume Carnegie Museum Mendota Northern Illinois Local history Operated by the Mendota Museum & Historical Society, includes Wild Bill Hickok collection Homepage
Hutsonville Historical Society and Memorial Village Hutsonville Southern Open air information
I & M Canal Museum Lockport Chicago area Open air Operated by the Will County Historical Society, includes local history and canal museum, one-room schoolhouse, depot, 1873 farmhouse, village jail, 1830s log cabin, blacksmith's shop, and tinsmith's shop Homepage, Further information
Illinois Amish Interpretive Center Bolingbrook Chicago area Cultural Amish religion and lifestyle including buggies, barns, homes, quilts, weddings, Anabaptist history Homepage
Illinois Aviation Museum Arcola Chicago area Aviation Collection of restored and replica aircraft
Illinois Executive Mansion Springfield Central Historic house Governor's official residence
Illinois Fire Museum Springfield Central Firefighting Open by appointment Homepage
Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center Skokie Chicago area History
Illinois Mennonite Heritage Center Metamora Western Open air Homepage
Illinois Oil Field Museum Oblong Southern Industry Homepage
Illinois Railway Museum EMD E5 at IRM.jpg Union Northern Illinois Railway
Illinois State Capitol Illinoiscapitol2.jpg Springfield Central Historic site
Illinois State Military Museum Springfield Central Military Homepage
Illinois State Museum Springfield Central Natural history State history, culture and art
Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation and Museum Springfield Central Law enforcement Uniforms, badges, photographs, vintage squad cars Homepage
Ingrams Pioneer Log Cabin Village Kinmundy Southern Open air Homepage
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art Chicago Chicago area Art Intuitive and outsider art gallery
International Museum of Surgical Science Chicago Chicago area Medical Operated by the International College of Surgeons
Irish American Heritage Center Chicago Chicago area Cultural
ISM Chicago Gallery Chicago Chicago area Art Satellite gallery of the Illinois State Museum
Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture Chicago Chicago area Ethnic Arts and culture of the Puerto Rican people and of the Puerto Ricans in Chicago
Isle a la Cache Museum Romeoville Chicago area History French fur trade and Native American life
Itasca Historical Depot Museum Itasca Chicago area Local history Homepage
James Millikin Homestead Decatur Central Historic house Homepage
Jarrett Prairie Center Byron Northern Illinois Natural history Includes natural history museum and observatory Homepage
Jarrot Mansion Nicholas Jarrot Mansion, State Route 157, Cahokia (St. Clair County, Illinois).jpg Cahokia Metro-East Historic house Opened periodically for special events
Jefferson County Historical Village Mt. Vernon Southern Open air Operated by the Jefferson County Historical Society. Includes Schweinfurth Museum with historical collections, and village with log homes, log church, 1820 Jail, windmill & grist mill, and working blacksmith shop and printing shop Homepage, Photos
Jersey County Historical Museum Jerseyville Metro-East Historic house Llocated in the Victorian Cheney Mansion, also local history exhibits Homepage
J. H. Hawes Grain Elevator Museum Atlanta Central Agriculture 1904 grain elevator Homepage
John A. Logan College Museum Carterville Southern Local history Southern Illinois’ visual arts, cultural heritage and natural history, part of John A. Logan College
John A. Logan Museum Murphysboro Southern Biographical Life and impact of the Civil War general Homepage
John Deere Historic Site John Deere House11.jpg Grand Detour Northern Illinois Historic house Recreated blacksmith shop and 1836 pioneer house
John Deere Pavilion Moline Quad Cities Agriculture John Deere tractors and farm equipment
John C. Flanagan House Museum Peoria Central Historic house Operated by the Peoria Historical Society
John Wood Mansion Quincy J Wood House.JPG Quincy Western Historic house Operated by the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County
Joliet Area Historical Museum Joliet Chicago area Local history Includes life-size replica depicting the building of the Illinois Michigan Canal, period store displays, Route 66
Joseph F. Glidden Homestead & Historical Center DeKalb Northern Illinois Historic house Mid 19th century home of the inventor of barbed wire Joseph Glidden
Joseph Smith Historic Site Nauvoo Central Open air Operated by the Community of Christ. Tour of several sites including Nauvoo House, Joseph Smith Homestead, Mansion House, Red Brick Store Homepage
Jubilee College State Historic Site Peoria Central Historic site Former pioneer college
Kaeser Park Highland Metro-East Historic house Operated by the Highland Historical Society. Includes log cabin building museum, local history exhibits Homepage
Kankakee County Museum Kankakee Northern Illinois Open air Complex includes main museum with local history exhibits, Dr. A.L. Small House, a Victorian historic house, and Taylor School House Homepage
Kankakee Railroad Museum Kankakee Northern Illinois Railroad Homepage
Kenilworth Historical Society Museum Kenilworth Chicago area Local history Homepage
Kent Fuller Air Station Prairie Glenview Chicago area Natural history 32-acre (130,000 m2) tall-grass prairie and Evelyn Pease Tyner Interpretive Center with prairie environment exhibits and education programs Homepage
Kewanee Historical Society Museum Kewanee Quad Cities Local history Homepage
Kibbe Hancock Heritage Museum Carthage Central Local history Homepage
Kidzeum of Health and Science Springfield Central Children's Planned museum Homepage
Kline Creek Farm Winfield Chicago area Farm 1890s living history farm and farmhouse Homepage
Koehnline Museum of Art Des Plaines Chicago area Art Part of Oakton Community College Homepage
Kohl Children's Museum July 23 2008 024 Kohl.jpg Glenview Chicago area Children's
Korean War National Museum Springfield Central Military Planned museum
Krannert Art Museum UIUC Krannert Art.JPG Champaign Champaign-Urbana Metropolitan Area Art Part of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, all periods of art from ancient Egyptian to contemporary photography
Kruse House Museum West Chicago Chicago area Historic house Operated by the West Chicago Historical Society. 1917 period home Homepage
L. Haas Store Museum Carmi Southern Local history Operated by the White County Historical Society Homepage
Labor & Industry Museum Belleville Metro-East Industry Tools, photos and exhibits of local industries, businesses, workers and products Homepage
La Grange Area Historical Society Museum La Grange Chicago area Local history Homepage
LaHarpe Historical & Genealogical Society Museum La Harpe Central Local history Homepage
Lake County Discovery Museum Wauconda Chicago area Multiple Local art, history and popular culture Homepage
Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society Lake Forest Chicago area Local history Museum of local history Homepage
Lakeview Museum of Arts & Sciences Peoria Central Multiple Southwest art, folk art, decoys, science, planetarium
Lamon House Danville Central Historic house Operated by the Vermilion County Museum Society Homepage
LaSalle County Museum Utica Northern Illinois Open air Includes local history museum with Native American and period displays, barn with agriculture equipment, school and blacksmith shop Homepage
Latvian Folk Art Museum Chicago Chicago area Ethnic information
Latzer Homestead Highland Metro-East Historic house Operated by the Highland Historical Society Homepage
Laura A. Sprague Gallery Joliet Chicago area Art Part of Joliet Junior College Homepage
Leaf River Historical Museum Leaf River Northern Illinois Local history Homepage, Further information
Leather Archives and Museum Chicago Chicago area Sex Leather, fetishism, sadomasochism, and alternative sexual practices
Lederman Science Center Batavia Northern Illinois Science Operated by Fermilab Homepage
Lemont Area Historical Society Lemont Chicago area Local history Includes general store, school room, stable, medical office, war relics, and other local history displays
Lena Area Historical Museum Lena Northern Illinois Local history Homepage
Lewis and Clark State Historic Site Hartford Southern History First site on the National Lewis and Clark Heritage Trail
Lincoln College Museum Lincoln Central Biographical Part of Lincoln College Homepage
Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site Lerna Central Living 1840s home of Thomas and Sarah Bush Lincoln, father and stepmother of Abraham Lincoln, living history farm
Lincoln Home National Historic Site Lincoln Home.jpg Springfield Central Biographical Home that Abraham Lincoln lived in from 1844 to 1861
Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices State Historic Site Springfield Central Historic site Restored to 1840s period
Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site New Salem village.JPG New Salem Central Open air Reconstruction of the village where Abraham Lincoln lived in the 1830s
Lisle Station Museum Lisle Chicago area Open air Includes 19th century period displays at the Lisle Depot Museum, Netzley/Yender Farmhouse, Beaubien Tavern and blacksmith shop Homepage
Lithuanian Museum of Art Lemont Chicago area Art Fine and folk art by native and emigrant Lithuanian artists Homepage
Little Brick House Vandalia Southern Historic house Open by appointment, operated by the Vandalia Historical Society
Little White School Museum Oswego Northern Illinois School Homepage
Livingston County War Museum Pontiac Central Illinois Military Military museum dedicated to honoring central Illinois veterans from World War I to present Homepage
Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art Elmhurst Chicago area Decorative arts More than 200 pieces of jade and other hard stone decorative carvings, dioramas featuring animals carved from various gem materials, rocks and mineral collections Homepage
Lockport Gallery Lockport Chicago area Art Satellite gallery of the Illinois State Museum
Lombard Historical Museum Lombard Chicago area Historic house Victorian period rooms, operated by the Lombard Historical Society Homepage
Loveland Community House and Museum Dixon Northern Illinois Local history History of the newspaper and its role in the history of Dixon information Homepage
Loyola University Museum of Art Chicago Chicago area Art Explores the spiritual in art from all cultures, faiths, and periods; formerly the Martin D'Arcy Museum of Art
Lyon Farm Yorkville Northern Illinois Open air Operated by the Kendall County Historical Society. Opened for special events Homepage
Macktown Living History Education Center Rockton Northern Illinois Living Homepage
Macon County Historical Museum and Prairie Village Decatur Central Open air Operated by the Macon County Historical Society Homepage
Manteno Historical Society Museum Manteno Northern Illinois Local history Early 20th century period displays Homepage
Marie Louise Olmstead Memorial Museum Somonauk Northern Illinois Local history Exhibit also includes natural history artifacts Homepage
Martin House Museum Fulton Northern Illinois Local history Operated by the Fulton Historical Society Homepage
Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art NU Block Museum of Art.JPG Evanston Chicago area Art Part of Northwestern University
McConnell Area Historical Society Museum McConnell Northern Illinois Local history Homepage
McCormick Tribune Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum Chicago Chicago area History Natural, social and cultural history of the Chicago River Homepage
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McHenry County Historical Society Museum Union Northern Illinois Local history Period displays Homepage
McLean County Museum of History Bloomington Central Local history Central Illinois history with themes of people, politics, work and farming
McPike Mansion Alton Metro-East Historic house
Menard County Historical Society Museum Petersburg Central Biographical Home of poet Edgar Lee Masters information
Metamora Courthouse State Historic Site Metamora-Courthouse-008.jpg Metamora Western Historic site Restored to 1850s period, also includes local history exhibits
Midway Village Museum Rockford Northern Illinois Open air 1890-1910 Victorian village with 24 historical buildings, costumed interpreters, local history exhibits Homepage
Midwest Museum of Natural History Sycamore Northern Illinois Natural history
Mitchell Museum of the American Indian Evanston Chicago area Native American
Money Museum Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Money Museum.jpg Chicago Chicago area Numismatic History of the Federal Reserve and currencies
Monticello Railway Museum WabF71189.jpg Monticello Champaign-Urbana Metropolitan Area Railroad
Morrison Heritage Museum Morrison Northern Illinois Local history information
Morton Grove Historical Museum Morton Grove Chicago area Local history Homepage
Mother Rudd Home Museum Gurnee Chicago area Local history Homepage
Motorola Museum of Electronics Schaumburg Chicago area Science information, information, history of Motorola, electronics technology
Mount Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site Mount Pulaski Central Historic site Restored to 1850s period
Mount Pulaski Historical Museum Mount Pulaski Central Local history Homepage
Moweaqua Coal Mine Museum Moweaqua Central Mining Homepage
Museum of Broadcast Communications Chicago Chicago area Media Historic and contemporary radio and television content, includes National Radio Hall of Fame
Museum of Contemporary Art MCA Chicago 060930.jpg Chicago Chicago area Art
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MY Garage Museum Effingham Southern Automotive Automotive collectibles and memorabilia Homepage
Naper Settlement Martin-Mitchell Mansion - Naper Settlement - Naperville Illinois.jpg Naperville Chicago area Open air 19th century historic museum village
Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park University Park Chicago area Art Outdoor sculpture park, part of Governors State University Homepage
National Fitness Hall of Fame & Museum Sycamore Northern Illinois Sports Health and fitness Homepage
National Great Rivers Museum East Alton Metro-East Maritime Operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, adjacent to Melvin Price Locks and Dam Homepage, Further information, Photos
National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame Chicago Chicago area Hall of fame
National Museum of Mexican Art Mexican Art Museum.JPG Chicago Chicago area Art Mexican, Latino, and Chicano art and culture
National Museum of Surveying Springfield Central Science Museum that houses Science on a Sphere and exhibits on surveying, north of the Old State Capitol
National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum Chicago Chicago area Art Art produced by veterans from the Vietnam War
Naval Air Station Glenview Museum Glenview Chicago area Aviation Aviation and the history of Naval Air Station Glenview, operated by the Glenview Hangar One Foundation Homepage
Nehring Gallery DeKalb Northern Illinois Culture Exhibits gallery of the Nehring Center for Culture and Tourism Homepage
Newberry Library 20070329 Newberry Library1.JPG Chicago Chicago area Library Free changing exhibits of art, culture and history drawn from its collections.
Niles Historical Museum Niles Chicago area Local history Homepage
Northbrook History Museum Northbrook Chicago area Local history Operated by the Northbrook Historical Society. Changing exhibits of local history and re-created 1890s Shermerville home. Homepage
Norwood Park Historical Society Museum Chicago Chicago area Local history Period displays about Norwood Park community, operated by the Norwood Park Historical Society
Norsk Scandinavian Museum Norway Northern Illinois Historic house Information
Northern Illinois Fire Museum Marengo Chicago area Firefighting Planned museum Homepage
NIU Anthropology Museum DeKalb Northern Illinois Anthropology Part of Northern Illinois University. Previous permanent exhibits have included Ice Age, Neanderthals, primitive astronomy, and primates Homepage
NIU Art Museum DeKalb Northern Illinois Art Part of Northern Illinois University Homepage
Octave Chanute Aerospace Museum Rantoul Champaign-Urbana Metropolitan Area Aviation
O'Fallon Historical Society Museum O'Fallon Metro-East Local history Homepage
Ogle County Historical Society Museum Oregon Northern Illinois Historic house Also known as the Nash Home and Museum, 1880s period house Homepage
Old Barn Museum Newark Chicago area Native American Homepage
Old Lincoln Courtroom & Museum Beardstown Western Historic site Located in the courthouse with the Beardstown Historical Museum Homepage
Old Market House Galena IL Old Market House1.JPG Galena Northern Illinois Local history
Old Settlers' Log Cabin Dixon Northern Illinois Historic house Operated by the Lee County Historical Society Homepage
Old State Capitol State Historic Site Etc 450.jpg Springfield Central History Restored to 1860s period
Oliver Parks Telephone Museum Springfield Central Technology Telephones and telecommunications history information
Oquawka Museum Oquawka Western Local history Open by appointment Information, Further information
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Orpheum Children's Science Museum Champaign Champaign-Urbana Metropolitan Area Science
Oscar Taylor House Freeport Il Taylor House4.JPG Freeport Northern Illinois Historic house Operated by the Stephenson County Historical Society, Victorian period home and local history displays
Ottawa Scouting Museum Ottawa Northern Illinois Scouting History and memorabilia of the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Camp Fire Guides. Homepage
Owen Lovejoy Homestead Princeton Northern Illinois Historic house Former station on the Underground Railroad
Owen P. Miles Museum Mount Carroll Northern Illinois Historic house Operated by the Carroll County Historical Society Information
Parkland Art Gallery Champaign Champaign-Urbana Metropolitan Area Art Part of Parkland College Homepage
Park Ridge Historical Society Museum Park Ridge Chicago area Historic house Late 19th century period home Homepage
The Parsonage Museum Quincy Western Local history Operated by the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County Homepage
The Peace Museum Chicago Chicago area Art Dedicated to peace through the arts
Pearson Museum Springfield Central Medical Part of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Showcases the history of medicine, health care, nursing, dentistry, and pharmacy from all cultures and eras Homepage
Pecatonica Heritage Museum Pecatonica Northern Illinois Local history Homepage
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Chicago Chicago area Natural history
Pettingill-Morron House Peoria Central Historic house Operated by the Peoria Historical Society
Piatt County Museum Monticello Champaign-Urbana Metropolitan Area Local history Includes agricultural equipment and household items, civil war artifacts, clothing, quilts, dolls and toy trains Homepage
Pierre Menard Home State Historic Site Ellis Grove Southern Historic house 1810 French Creole-style home of Pierre Menard, the first lieutenant governor of Illinois
Pioneer Sholes School St. Charles Northern Illinois School Homepage
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Polish Museum of America 20070822 Polish Museum.JPG Chicago Chicago area Ethnic Polish history, culture and art
Pope County Historical Society Museum Golconda Southern Local history Information
Popeye Museum Chester Southern Local history Located in the home town of Popeye
Poplar Grove Vintage Wings & Wheels Museum Poplar Grove Northern Illinois Transportation Vintage aircraft, automobiles and other modes of transportation and memorabilia Homepage
Postville Courthouse State Historic Site Ellis Grove Southern Historic site Reconstructed frontier courthouse
Prairie Aviation Museum Bloomington Central Aviation Military aircraft Homepage,
Prairie Grass Nature Museum Round Lake Chicago area Natural history Homepage
Prairie Mills Windmill Golden Western Mill Restored Dutch smock windmill, includes Golden Museum of local history; operated by the Golden Historical Society Homepage
Princeville Heritage Center Princeville Central Local history Homepage
Pritzker Military Library Chicago Chicago area Art Free exhibits of military art drawn from its collections
Prophetstown Historical Society Museum Prophetstown Northern Illinois Local history Information
Pullman Historic District Hotel Florence, 11111 South Forrestville Avenue, Chicago (Cook County, Illinois).jpg Chicago Chicago area Historic site
Quincy Art Center Quincy Western Art Homepage
Quincy Museum Quincy 1601 Maine.JPG Quincy Western Local history Includes period rooms, local history exhibits, store display, dinosaur room Homepage
Raggedy Ann & Andy Museum Arcola Central Commodity Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy memorabilia, Johnny Gruelle exhibits Homepage
Randolph County Archives and Museum Chester Southern Local History
Ratcliff Inn Carmi Southern Local history Operated by the White County Historical Society
Raupp Museum Buffalo Grove Chicago area Local history
Reddick Mansion Ottawa Northern Illinois Historic house Pre-Civil War Italianate mansion Homepage
The Renaissance Society Chicago Chicago area Art Part of the University of Chicago. Exhibits of contemporary art
Rheinberger Museum Nauvoo Central Historic house Operated by the Nauvoo Historical Society in Nauvoo State Park Homepage
Richard W. Bock Sculpture Museum Greenville Southern Art Part of Greenville College. Houses collection of bronze and plaster sculptures by Richard Bock Homepage
Richland Heritage Museum Olney Southern Local history Homepage
Ridge Historical Society Chicago Chicago area Local history Exhibits related to Chicago neighborhoods of Beverly Hills, Morgan Park and Washington Heights Homepage
Riverside Museum Riverside Chicago area Local history Operated by the Riverside Historical Commission Homepage
Robert R. McCormick Museum Wheaton Chicago area Historic house 1930s historic mansion with biographical exhibits about Robert R. McCormick, publisher of the Chicago Tribune, located at Cantigny
Robie House Robie House.jpg Chicago Chicago area Historic house Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
Robinson-Stewart House Carmi Southern Historic house Operated by the White County Historical Society
Rochelle Fire Department Museum Rochelle Northern Illinois Firefighting Information
Rockford Art Museum Rockford Northern Illinois Art American art from the 19th century to present Homepage
Rock Falls Fire Department Museum Rock Falls Northern Illinois Firefighting Information
Rock Island Arsenal Museum Rock Island Arsenal, Building No. 1, Gillespie Avenue between Terrace Drive & Hedge Lane, Rock Island,( Rock Island County, Illinois).jpg Rock Island Quad Cities Military History of Rock Island Arsenal, Arsenal Island and small arms development
Rock Island Railroad Museum Chillicothe Quad Cities Railroad Oerated by the Chillicothe Historical Society Homepage
Rock N Roll McDonald's 20070110 Rock & Roll McDonald's (3).JPG Chicago Chicago area Food Restaurant with McDonald's memorabilia and rock and roll artifacts
Rockton Township Historical Society Museum Rockton Northern Illinois Local history American art from the 19th century to present Homepage
Rolling Meadows Historical Museum Rolling Meadows Chicago area Local history 1950s period displays Homepage
Ronald Reagan Birthplace Tampico Il Main St Hist Dist Reagan Birthplace1.jpg Tampico Northern Illinois Historic site
Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home Dixon Il Reagan Boyhood Home2.jpg Dixon Northern Illinois Biographical
Ronald Reagan Museum at Eureka College Eureka Central Biographical
Roselle History Museum Roselle Chicago area Local history Includes local history museum and 1920s period home Homepage
Rossville Depot Railroad Museum Rossville Central Railroad Operated by the Danville Junction Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society Homepage
Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum Pontiac Central Transportation Route 66 memorabilia Homepage, Further information
Russell Military Museum Russell Chicago area Military Tanks, military vehicles, weapons, memorabilia Homepage
Ryan Round Barn Kewanee Quad Cities Agriculture Located in Johnson-Sauk Trail State Park
Savanna Army Depot Museum Savanna Northern Illinois Military Information
Savanna Historical Museum Savanna Northern Illinois Local history Information
Savanna Train Car Museum Savanna Northern Illinois Railroad Homepage
Schingoethe Center for Native American Cultures Aurora Chicago area Native American Part of Aurora University. Historic and contemporary American Indian culture Homepage
Schmidt-Burnham Log House Winnetka Chicago area School Operated by the Winnetka Historical Society Homepage
Schuyler County Historical Jail Museum & Genealogical Center Rushville Western Local history Homepage, Further information
Science Center of Southern Illinois Carbondale Southern Science Homepage
SciTech Hands On Museum Aurora Chicago area Science Homepage
Shabbona-Lee-Rollo Historical Museum Shabbona Northern Illinois Local history Homepage
Shea's Gas Station Museum Springfield Central Commodity Gas station and Route 66 memorabilia
Shedd Aquarium John G Shedd Aquarium Chicago 040724.jpeg Chicago Chicago area Aquarium
Sheffield Museum Sheffield Northern Illinois Local history Operated by the Sheffield Historical Society Homepage
Sheldon Peck Homestead Lombard Chicago area Historic house 1840s-1860s period home, operated by the Lombard Historical Society
Shiloh House Zion Chicago area Historic house Operated by the Zion Historical Society Homepage
Silvercreek Museum Freeport Northern Illinois History Early Americana including crockery, dolls, recreated schoolroom and kitchen, art exhibits, quilts, old-fashioned tools and agricultural equipment, engines, vehicles, trains Homepage
Silver Creek Railroad Museum Freeport Northern Illinois Railroad Railroad cars and memorabilia Homepage
Skokie Heritage Museum & Log Cabin Skokie Chicago area Historic house Historic engine house with fire equipment and original 1847 log cabin Homepage
Slovenian Heritage Museum Joliet Chicago area Ethnic Operated by the Slovenian Women's Union of America Homepage
Smart Museum of Art Chicago Chicago area Art Part of the University of Chicago
Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows Chicago Chicago area Art Located at Navy Pier. Permanent display of over 150 stained glass windows
Sousa Archives and Center for American Music Champaign Champaign-Urbana Metropolitan Area Music
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center Whittington Southern Art Satellite gallery of the Illinois State Museum
Spertus Museum Spertus1.jpg Chicago Chicago area Religious Jewish culture and history
Spurlock Museum Spurlock 6.jpg Urbana Champaign-Urbana Metropolitan Area Anthropology Part of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Houses exhibits on the ancient Mediterranean, Africa, Asia, Oceania, Europe, and the Americas
Stacy's Tavern Museum Glen Ellyn Chicago area Historic site Operated by the Glen Ellyn Historical Society
St. Charles History Museum St. Charles Northern Illinois Local history Operated by the St. Charles Heritage Center Homepage
Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society Museum Sterling Il Dillon Home1.jpg Sterling Northern Illinois Local history
Stewart House Museum Monmouth Central Historic house Birthplace of Kappa Kappa Gamma Homepage
Stockdale Soldier Citizen Museum Galesburg Western Military Information
Stockton Heritage Museum Stockton Northern Illinois Local history Information
Stone Mill Museum Sandwich Northern Illinois Local history Information
Streatorland Historical Museum Streator Northern Illinois Local history Homepage
Stuka Military Museum Oregon Northern Illinois Military Information
Super Museum Metropolis Southern Media Superman memorabilia Homepage
Sustainable Discovery Center Sublette Northern Illinois Environmental Sustainable energies, energy consumption, green products Homepage
Swedish American Museum Chicago Chicago area Cultural
Sycamore Historical Society Museum Sycamore Northern Illinois Local history Homepage
Tampico Area Historical Museum Tampico Northern Illinois Local history Homepage
Tarble Arts Center Charleston Central Art Part of Eastern Illinois University Homepage
Telegraph Museum Dixon Northern Illinois Media History of the newspaper and its role in the history of Dixon information
Teutopolis Monastery Museum Teutopolis Central Religious Information, Further information
Thomson Depot Museum Thomson Northern Illinois Railroad Homepage
Thornton Historical Museum Thornton Chicago area Local history Operated by the Village of Thornton Historical Society Homepage
Three Sisters Park Chillicothe Quad Cities Living Homepage
Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum Tinker cottage.jpg Rockford Northern Illinois Historic house Victorian Swiss-style home with decorative arts and furnishings
Trailside Museum River Forest Chicago area Natural history Also known as Harold “Hal” Tyrell Trailside Museum Homepage
Tremont Museum Tremont Central Local history Operated by the Tremont Museum and Historical Society Homepage
Trutter Museum Springfield Central Culture Part of Lincoln Land Community College. Features art, world and cultural items Homepage
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art Chicago Chicago area Art
Ukrainian National Museum Ukrainian National Museum.JPG Chicago Chicago area Cultural
Ulysses S. Grant Home USGrantHomeGalena.jpg Galena Northern Illinois Historic house Home and museum about President Ulysses S. Grant
Union County Museum Cobden Southern Local history Operated by the Mendota Museum & Historical Society Homepage
Union Depot Railroad Museum Mendota Northern Illinois Railroad Operated by the Mendota Museum & Historical Society Homepage
Unity Temple Oak Park Chicago area Historic site Church designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
University Museum, SIU Carbondale Southern Multiple Part of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Local and world connections behind the arts, humanities, and sciences Homepage
U.S. Senator Paul Simon Museum Troy Metro-East Biographical Homepage
Vachel Lindsay House Springfield Central Historic house Birthplace and home of poet Vachel Lindsay
Vandalia State House State Historic Site Vandalia Southern Historic site Restored to 1830s period
Vermilion County Museum Danville Central Local history Includes museum and Fithian Home Homepage
Vermilion County War Museum Danville Central Military Memorabilia and artifacts from the American Revolutionary War to the Iraq War Homepage
Villa Park Historical Society Museum VillaParkStation.JPG Villa Park Chicago area Local history Housed in a former depot
Vinegar Hill Historic Lead Mine & Museum Galena Northern Illinois Mining Information, Further information
Vliet Museum of Lake Bluff History Lake Bluff Chicago area Local history Homepage
Volkening Heritage Farm Schaumburg Chicago area Farm 1880s living farm museum Homepage
Volo Auto Museum Volo Chicago area Automotive Cars from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s as well as from famous television shows and movies
Wabash County Museum Mt. Carmel Southern Local history Homepage
Wagner Farm Glenview Chicago area Agriculture Historic working dairy farm, Wagner Farm Heritage Center with farming exhibits, 1930s grocery store Homepage
Wagner Memorial Museum Sandwich Northern Illinois Commodity More than 10,000 pieces of various collectibles Information
Warren County Museum Roseville Northern Illinois Local history Information, Further information
Warrenville Historical Museum Warrenville Chicago area Local history Operated by the Warrenville Historical Society Homepage
Waterman Area Heritage Society Museum Waterman Northern Illinois Local history Homepage
Weber House and Garden Streator Northern Illinois Historic house 18th century style storybook house of Ted Weber Homepage
Weld House Museum Nauvoo Central Local history Operated by the Nauvoo Historical Society Homepage
West Chicago City Museum West Chicago Chicago area Local history Local history and art
West Town Museum of Cultural History Maywood Chicago area Local history Includes exhibits of African-American culture, Maywood and the Proviso Township area Homepage
Western Illinois Museum Macomb Western Local history Homepage
Wheeling Historical Society Museum Wheeling Chicago area Local history Information
Wheels O' Time Museum Peoria Central Transportation Antique vehicles, farm equipment, tools, collectibles Homepage
Wiley House Museum Galva Northern Illinois Historic house Operated by the Galva Historical Society Homepage
William and Florence Schmidt Art Center Belleville Metro-East Art Part of Southwestern Illinois College
William Jennings Bryan Boyhood Home Salem Southern Biographical
William L. Gregg House Museum Westmont Chicago area Historic house Operated by the Westmont Historical Society
Williamson County Historical Society Museum Marion Southern Local history Homepage
William Tanner House Museum Aurora Chicago area Historic house Antebellum Italianate-style house, owned and operated by the Aurora Historical Society
Williamsville Historical Museum Williamsville Central Local history Information
Wilmette Historical Museum Wilmette Chicago area Local history Operated by the Wilmette Historical Society Homepage
Winnetka Historical Society Museum Winnetka Chicago area Local history Homepage
Winslow Historical Society Museum Winslow Chicago area Local history Information
WIU Art Gallery Macomb Western Art Part of Western Illinois University Homepage
WIU Geology Museum Macomb Western Natural history Part of Western Illinois University Homepage
Wonder Works Oak Park Chicago area Children's
Woodlawn Farm Jacksonville Central Historic house 1840s house, part of the Underground Railroad Homepage
World Aerospace Museum Quincy Western Aviation Operated by the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County Homepage
Worth Historical Museum Worth Chicago area Local history Operated by the Worth Park District Homepage
Wyatt Earp Birthplace Monmouth Central Historic house Birthplace of lawman Wyatt Earp

Defunct museums[edit]

  • American Police Center & Museum, Chicago[1]
  • Max Nordeen's Wheels Museum, Woodhull,[2][3]
  • Museum of Holography, Chicago[4]
  • Terra Museum, Chicago, closed on October 31, 2004
  • Under the Prairie Frontier Archaeological Museum, Athens, operated by the Sangamo Archaeological Center, closed August 1, 2008, museum website
  • Walter Payton Museum, Aurora, part of a restaurant complex that closed in 2010

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2087 Roadside America report on the museum, closed in 2001
  2. ^ http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2096 Roadside America Report
  3. ^ http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/17539 Video clips about the museum
  4. ^ http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/losing-her-museum/Content?oid=1103150 "Losing Her Museum", Chicagoreader.com, 2/12/2009