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. Also included are non-profit and university art galleries. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included.

Museums[edit]

Name Location County Region Type Summary Website (if no article)
1930s Preserving Agriculture Museum Quincy Adams Western Agriculture John Deere agriculture machinery that would have been found on a farm in the Midwest during the 1930s, open by appointment [1][2]
A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum Chicago Cook Chicago area African American Contributions made by Black Americans to America's labor history Homepage
Abraham Lincoln Long Nine Museum Athens Menard 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 Springfield Sangamon Central Biographical Life of the 16th U.S. President, Abraham Lincoln, and the course of the American Civil War
Addison Historical Museum Addison DuPage Chicago area Local history Operated by the Addison Historical Society Homepage
Adler Planetarium Chicago Cook Chicago area Science
African American Hall of Fame Museum Peoria Peoria Quad Cities African American Located in the John C. Proctor Recreation Center
African American Museum of Southern Illinois Carbondale Jackson Southern African American Located in University Mall [3]
Air Classics Museum of Aviation Sugar Grove Kane Northern Illinois Aviation Aircraft, vehicles, uniforms and aviation memorabilia from the 1930s to the present, located at Aurora Municipal Airport website
Air Combat Museum Springfield Sangamon Central Aviation Historic combat aircraft Homepage
Alexis Museum Alexis Warren Quad Cities Local history [4]
All Wars Museum Quincy Adams Western Military Located on the grounds of the Illinois Veterans Home, displays military artifacts from the Revolutionary War to the present website
Altamont Living Museum Altamont Effingham Central Entertainment 1912 former church, hosts live music and dance performances, as well as fine art exhibits [5]
Alton Museum of History and Art Alton Madison 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 Lee Northern Illinois Railroad History of Amboy and the Illinois Central Railroad
American Farm Heritage Museum Greenville Bond Southern Agriculture Includes tractors and farm machinery Homepage,
American Fluorite Museum Rosiclare Hardin Southern Mining Exhibits on fluorspar mining industry, fluorite ore specimens, mining paraphernalia and photographs [6]
American Movie Palace Museum Elmhurst DuPage Chicago area Entertainment Operated by the Theatre Historical Society of America, objects from the era of the great movie palaces in the U.S. [7]
American Toby Jug Museum Evanston Cook Chicago area Decorative art Toby jug and character jug collection Homepage
Anderson Mansion Museum Carlinville Macoupin Central Open air Operated by the Macoupin County Historical Society, includes Victorian house with period displays, schoolhouse and print shop
Andover Historical Museum Andover Henry Western Local history [8]
Ansel B. Cook House Libertyville Lake Chicago area Historic house Victorian-period house, operated by the Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society
Aplington House Polo Ogle Northern Illinois Historic house Operated by the Polo Historical Society Homepage
Apple River Fort State Historic Site Elizabeth Jo Daviess Northern Illinois Living Recreated 1830s fort
Arlington Heights Historical Museum Arlington Heights Cook Chicago area Open air Includes 1882 Victorian Muller House, coach house, 1906 soda pop factory, 1908 Banta house and a replica 1830s log cabin
Art Center Highland Park Highland Park Lake Chicago area Art Not-for-profit contemporary visual arts organization Homepage
Art Institute of Chicago Chicago Cook Chicago area Art
Arts Club of Chicago Chicago Cook Chicago area Art Changing exhibits of cutting edge and avant-garde art
Atlanta Museum Atlanta Logan Central Local history Homepage
Atkinson Historical Society Museum Atkinson Henry Western Local history [9]
Atkinson-Peek House Moline Rock Island Quad Cities Historic house Operated by the Rock Island County Historical Society, early 20th-century period house and adjacent Carriage House Museum Homepage
Augustana Teaching Museum of Art Rock Island Rock Island Quad Cities Art Part of Augustana College Homepage
Aurora Regional Fire Museum Aurora Kane Chicago area Firefighting
B&B National Toy Museum Cambridge Henry Western Toy 1890 house with advanced engineering [10][11]
Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture Chicago Cook Chicago area Cultural Lithuanian history, culture and art
Banwarth House & Museum Elizabeth Jo Daviess Northern Illinois Historic house 1876 Victorian period house, operated by the Planetary Studies Foundation Homepage
Barrington History Museum Barrington Cook Chicago area Local history Located in Old Barrington Center, operated by the Barrington Historical Society Homepage
Bartlett Depot Museum Bartlett Cook Chicago area Railroad Homepage
Bartlett History Museum Bartlett Cook Chicago area Local history Located in Village Hall Homepage
Batavia Depot Museum Batavia Kane Northern Illinois Railroad Operated by the Batavia Historical Society
Beall Mansion Alton Madison Metro-East Historic house Turn-of-the-20th-century mansion designed by world famous architect, Lucas Pfeifenberger, former residence of Senator Edmond Beall, politician and industrialist, tours by appointment Homepage
Beardstown Historical Museum Beardstown Cass Western Local history Located in the courthouse with the Old Lincoln Courtroom, collection includes guns, Civil War memorabilia, and Native American artifacts. Homepage
Beith House Museum St. Charles Kane Northern Illinois Historic house Mid-19th-century house, operated by the Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley
Belgian Museum of the Quad Cities Moline Rock Island Quad Cities Ethnic Also known as the Center for Belgian Culture Homepage
Beller Museum Romeoville Will Chicago area Automotive Open by appointment. Displays cars, trucks and memorabilia Homepage
Belvedere Mansion Galena Jo Daviess Northern Illinois Historic house 1857 mansion and gardens Homepage
Ben Winter Museum Altamont Effingham Central Technology Antique steam engines [12]
Benjamin Stephenson House Edwardsville Madison Metro-East Historic house Restored 1820s period house
Bethalto Historical Museum Bethalto Madison Metro-East Local history Located in the former Village Hall
Berwyn Route 66 Museum Berwyn Cook Chicago area Automobile U.S. Route 66 memorabilia and artifacts
Bethel School Friends Creek Township Macon Central School Operated by the Macon County Conservation District, 1890 one-room schoolhouse [13]
Big Rock Historical Society Crib Museum Big Rock Kane Chicago area Local history Homepage
Billy Barnhart Museum Oregon Ogle Northern Illinois Commodity Collection includes vintage toys, collectibles, sleighs, farm equipment, and other relics of the past [14]
Billy Graham Center Museum Wheaton DuPage Chicago area Religious History of Christian evangelism in the United States, Billy Graham, missions and Christian themes
Birks Museum Decatur Macon Central Decorative arts Part of Millikin University in Gorin Hall Homepage
Bishop Hill State Historic Site Bishop Hill Henry Western Open air Site of a former Utopian community
Blackberry Farm Museum Aurora Kane 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 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 Rock Island Quad Cities Native American Includes John Hauberg Museum of Native American Life and Singing Bird Nature Center
Bloomingdale Park District Museum Bloomingdale DuPage Chicago area Art Changing local art exhibits Homepage
Blue Island Historical Museum Blue Island Cook 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 Boone 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
Bradley University Galleries Peoria Peoria Central Art Heuser Art Center Gallery, Hartmann Center Gallery, Student Project Space Homepage
Braidwood Area Historical Society Museum Braidwood Will Chicago area Local history Homepage
Breaking the Prairie Museum Mendota LaSalle Northern Illinois Agriculture Operated by the Mendota Museum & Historical Society, focus on farm family life, equipment, livestock and faith Homepage
Bretton and Black Museum Hampton Rock Island Quad Cities Local history Operated by the Hampton Historical Society, restored 1849 store
Bronzeville Children's Museum Chicago Cook Chicago area Children's Focuses on the historical experiences of African-American children
Brunk Morgan Horse Museum Rochester Sangamon Central Historic house Exhibits about George Brunk, breeder of the Morgan horse [15]
Bryant Cottage State Historic Site Bement Piatt Central Historic house Middle-class mid-19th-century house
Bureau County Historical Society Museum Princeton Bureau Northern Illinois Historic house Museum occupies two adjacent homes, Clark-Norris Home and Newell-Bryant House Homepage
Burpee Museum of Natural History Rockford Winnebago Northern Illinois Natural history Dinosaurs, fossils, geology, area Native Americans, wildlife of the Rock River Valley
Bushnell-Wheeler House South Beloit Winnebago Northern Illinois Local history Operated by the South Beloit Historical Society Homepage
Butterworth Center Moline Rock Island Quad Cities Historic house Features antique Venetian-style ceiling paintings, operated by the William Butterworth Foundation Homepage
Byron Museum of History Byron Ogle Northern Illinois Local history Homepage
Cahokia Courthouse State Historic Site Cahokia St. Clair Metro-East Historic site Reconstructed frontier courthouse
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site Collinsville St. Clair Metro-East Native American Site of an ancient American Indian city
Cairo Custom House Cairo Alexander Southern Local history Includes exhibits about local African American heritage, USS Cairo (1861), prehistoric Native American artifacts
Calumet City Historical Society Museum Calumet City Cook Chicago area Local history Homepage
Camp Grant Museum Rockford Winnebago Northern Illinois Military History of Camp Grant and local history Homepage
Cantigny Wheaton DuPage 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 Knox Western Biographical Boyhood home and museum about poet Carl Sandburg
Carnegie Museum Olney Richland Southern Local history Open by appointment with the Richland Heritage Museum Foundation
Carthage Jail Carthage Hancock Central Prison Jail that was the location of the murder of Joseph Smith and his brother Hynum
Caterpillar Visitors Center Peoria Peoria Quad Cities Industry History of Caterpillar Inc. and its earth-moving equipment Homepage
Catharine V. Yost House Museum Pontiac Livingston Central Historic house Open by appointment, turn of the 20th-century period house [16]
Catlin Heritage Museum Catlin Vermilion Central Local history Operated by the Catlin Historical Society Homepage
Cedarhurst Center for the Arts Mt. Vernon Jefferson Southern Art American art, includes Mitchell Museum, Cedarhurst Sculpture Park, main gallery with changing exhibits
Cedarville Area Historical Society Museum Cedarville Stephenson Northern Illinois Local history Homepage
Center for American Archeology Kampsville Calhoun Central Archeology Prehistory of the lower Illinois River Valley
Center for History Wheaton DuPage Chicago area Local history Formerly Wheaton History Center, currently seeking new location[17]
Central Wabash Archaeology Museum Robinson Crawford Southern Archaeology Artifacts excavated in the area Homepage
Centralia Museum Centralia Marion Southern Local history Homepage
Cernan Earth and Space Center River Grove Cook Chicago area Aerospace Public planetarium on the campus of Triton College, includes earth and space-related exhibits
Champaign County Historical Museum Champaign Champaign Champaign-Urbana Metropolitan Area Local history Includes quilts, clothing, toys, furniture, a general store, military items
Chana School Oregon Ogle Northern Illinois School 19th-century two-room schoolhouse
Chaplin Creek Village Franklin Grove Lee 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 Evanston Cook Chicago area Historic house Also known as the Evanston History Center. The 1894 mansion in the French Chateaux style, designed by Henry Edwards-Ficken, features twenty-five rooms, six bedrooms, seven bathrooms and eleven fireplaces.
Charter Oak Schoolhouse Schuline Randolph Southern School One-room schoolhouse, open for events
Chatham Railroad Museum Chatham Sangamon Central Railroad Homepage
Cherry Valley Historical Society Museum Cherry Valley Winnebago Northern Illinois Local history Homepage
Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design Galena Jo Daviess Northern Illinois Art Art of design in all areas of the discipline: architecture, industrial and product design, graphics and urban planning
Chicago Athenaeum's International Sculpture Park Schaumburg Cook Chicago area Art Outdoor sculpture park on 20 acres (81,000 m2)
Chicago Children's Museum Chicago Cook Chicago area Children's Located on the Navy Pier
Chicago Cultural Center Chicago Cook Chicago area Art Visual art exhibitions and cultural performances
Chicago Design Museum Chicago, Illinois Cook Chicago area Design Independently owned and operated Website
Chicago Great Western Railroad Depot Museum Elizabeth Jo Daviess Northern Illinois Railroad Operated by the Elizabeth Historical Society, includes N-scale, HO-scale, and G-scale model railroad layouts
Chicago History Museum Chicago Cook Chicago area Local history City history and culture
Chicago Sports Museum Chicago Cook Chicago area Local history Chicago sports teams' memorabilia, athletes, interactive sports activities
Children's Discovery Museum Normal McLean Central Children's Homepage
Children's Museum in Oak Lawn Oak Lawn Cook Chicago area Children's Homepage
Children's Museum of Illinois Decatur Macon Central Children's Homepage
Children's Neighborhood Museum Round Lake Lake Chicago area Children's Located in the Robert W. Rolek Community Center Homepage
Chinese-American Museum of Chicago Chicago Cook Chicago area Ethnic Chinese-American cultural heritage of the Midwest
Clark County Museum Marshall Clark Central Local history Operated by the Clark County Historical Society in the Manly-McCann House [18]
Clarke House Museum Chicago Cook Chicago area Historic house 1836 pre-Civil War Greek Revival house
Collinsville Historical Museum Collinsville Madison Metro-East Local history Homepage
Colonel Davenport House Rock Island Rock Island Quad Cities Historic house 1833 mansion Homepage
Colonel Palmer House Crystal Lake McHenry Northern Illinois Historic house Operated by the Crystal Lake Historical Society
Crawford County Historical Society Museum Robinson Crawford Southern Local history Homepage
Cuneo Museum Vernon Hills Lake Chicago area Historic house 1914 Mediterranean-style mansion with decorative arts and furnishings
Dana-Thomas House Springfield Sangamon Central Historic house Prairie-style house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War Museum Springfield Sangamon Central Civil War Civil War artifacts including rifles, medals, photographs, currency, drums, uniforms, and letters from soldiers at the front Homepage
David Adler Music and Arts Center Libertyville Lake Chicago area Art Interprets the historic home of architect David Adler, hosts 7 exhibitions per year, ranging from juried exhibitions to group shows Homepage
David Davis Mansion Bloomington McLean Central Historic house 36-room Italianate villa mansion
David L. Pierce Art and History Center Aurora Kane 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 [19]
David Strawn Art Gallery Jacksonville Morgan Central Art Operated by the Art Association of Jacksonville, exhibits of local art Homepage
Deere-Wiman House Moline Rock Island Quad Cities Historic house 1872 home of Charles Deere, operated by the William Butterworth Foundation Homepage
Deerfield Historic Village Deerfield Lake Chicago area Open air Operated by the Deerfield Area Historical Society, includes 1837 log home, mid-19th-century farmhouse, one-room schoolhouse, 1900 kitchen, antique carriages and farm equipment Homepage
DePaul Art Museum Chicago Cook Chicago area Art Part of DePaul University on the Lincoln Park campus Homepage
Dewitt County Museum Clinton Dewitt Central Open air Includes the C. H. Moore Homestead, telephone exhibit and farm museum
Dickson Mounds Museum Lewistown Fulton Western Native American Archaeological artifacts and history of the Native American settlement site and burial mound complex
Dietrich Friedrichs House Museum Mount Prospect Cook Chicago area Local history Operated by the Mount Prospect Historical Society, 1906 farmhouse and education center Homepage
Dillon Home Museum Sterling Whiteside Northern Illinois Historic house 19th-century period house, includes the Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society Museum in the carriage house
Discovery Center Museum Rockford Winnebago Northern Illinois Science Hands-on science and arts exhibits Homepage
Discovery Depot Children's Museum Galesburg Knox Western Children's Homepage
Dixon Telegraph Museum Dixon Lee Northern Illinois Media History of the newspaper and its role in the history of Dixon [20]
Dollhouses Then & Now Quincy Adams Western Toy Over 70 vintage furnished doll houses from the 1920s on [1][21][22]
Donald E. Stephens Museum of Hummels Rosemont Cook Chicago area Decorative arts M.I. Hummel, ANRI and Goebel figurines collected by Donald Stephens Homepage
Donley's Wild West Town Union McHenry Northern Illinois History Western theme park and museum Homepage
Dowling House Galena Jo Daviess Northern Illinois Historic house 1820s house and trading post, exhibits of city history
Downers Grove Museum Downers Grove DuPage Chicago area Local history Located in Wandschneider Park, includes the Victorian-period Blodgett House, the pioneer-period Blodgett House, and barn exhibits Homepage
Douglas County Museum Tuscola Douglas Central Local history Homepage
Dr. Charles M. Wright House Altamont Effingham Central Historic house Late 19th-century brick mansion
Dr. Richard Eells House Quincy Adams Western Historic house 1835 house that was a site on the Underground Railroad, open for group tours and for special events [23]
Draewell Gallery at Judson University Elgin Kane Chicago area Art Located in the Harm A. Weber Academic Center Homepage
Driehaus Gallery of Stained Glass Chicago Cook Chicago area Art Located on the Navy Pier, exhibits of Tiffany stained glass windows
Driehaus Museum Chicago Cook Chicago area Art Decorative arts, design and architecture of Gilded Age America and the Art Nouveau era
Dundee Township Historical Society Museum West Dundee Kane Chicago area Local history Homepage
DuPage Children's Museum Naperville DuPage Chicago area Children's Hands-on exploration integrating art, math, and science Homepage
DuPage County Historical Museum Wheaton DuPage Chicago area Local history Operated by the DuPage County Historical Society, county history, period displays, model railroad
Durant House St. Charles Kane Northern Illinois Historic house Restored 1840s prairie farmstead, operated by the Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley
DuSable Museum of African American History Chicago Cook Chicago area African-American History, art and culture of African-American DuSable residents
Earth & Space Science Museum Elizabeth Jo Daviess Northern Illinois Science Operated by the Planetary Studies Foundation, includes dinosaur bones, fossils, and the U.S. space program Homepage
Easley Pioneer Museum Ipava Fulton Western Local history Includes history of World War II Army Camp Ellis
Eastern Illinois University Lab School Museum Charleston Coles Central Institutional Educational History Depicts the history of the Laboratory School from 1899-1974 Homepage
Edgar Lee Masters Home Petersburg Menard Central Biographical Home of poet Edgar Lee Masters [24][25]
Edgewater Historical Society Museum Chicago Cook Chicago area Local history History of the Edgewater, Chicago community Homepage
Edwards Place Springfield Sangamon Central Historic house Restored 1850s period house with ties to famous Illinois political figures, includes art gallery of the Springfield Art Association
Edwardsville Children's Museum Edwardsville Madison Metro-East Children's Homepage
Eklund Museum Glencoe Cook Chicago area Local history Operated by the Glencoe Historical Society Homepage
Elgin Community College Visual and Performing Arts Center Elgin Kane Chicago area Art Changing exhibits in three fine arts galleries Homepage
Elgin Fire Barn No. 5 Museum Elgin Kane Chicago area Firefighting Early 20th-century former firehouse, includes photos, helmets, badges, uniforms, a hand-drawn hose cart, an 1869 horse-drawn Silsby Steamer, motorized vehicles
Elgin History Museum Elgin Kane Chicago area Local history Includes exhibits about the Elgin National Watch Company and American Indian artifacts
Elgin Public Museum Elgin Kane Chicago area Natural history Includes Mazon Creek fossils, Native American lifeways, Ice Age mammals, the Fox River ecosystem, the La Salle Expeditions, endangered species, rocks and minerals
Elihu Benjamin Washburne House Galena Jo Daviess Northern Illinois Historic house Mid-19th-century period home
Elijah Iles House Springfield Sangamon Central Historic house 1830s house with original interior, includes Museum of Springfield History
Elijah P. Curtis House Metropolis Massac Southern Historic house Late 19th-century house, operated by the Massac County Historical Society [26]
Elizabeth History Museum Elizabeth Jo Daviess Northern Illinois Local history Operated by the Elizabeth Historical Society Homepage
Elk Grove Historical Museum Elk Grove Village Cook Chicago area Open air Includes schoolhouse, farmhouse, barn, privy and chicken coop Homepage
Ellwood House Museum DeKalb DeKalb Northern Illinois Historic house 1879 Victorian mansion
Elmhurst Art Museum Elmhurst DuPage Chicago area Art Art, architecture and design, includes house designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Homepage
Elmhurst History Museum Elmhurst DuPage Chicago area Local history Operated by the City of Elmhurst, supported by the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation Homepage
Elsah Museum Elsah Jersey Central Local history information
Empire Township Historical Museum Le Roy McLean Central Local history Located in the J.T. and E.J. Crumbaugh Library
Erlander Museum Rockford Winnebago Northern Illinois Ethnic Operated by the Swedish Historical Society of Rockford, 19th-century house that reflects area Swedish heritage Homepage
Ernest Hemingway's Birthplace and Museum Oak Park Cook Chicago area Biographical 1890s period Victorian home and separate museum about author Ernest Hemingway Homepage
Essley-Noble Museum Aledo Mercer Quad Cities Local history Operated by the Mercer County Historical Society Homepage
Ethnic Heritage Museum Rockford Winnebago Northern Illinois Culture Heritage and culture of six local immigrant groups: Irish, Italians, African-Americans, Polish, Lithuanians and Hispanics Homepage
Eureka College Burgess Hall Gallery Eureka Woodford Central Art [27]
Everett Galleries at Monmouth College Monmouth Warren Central Art Located in Hewes Library Homepage
Exploration Station Bourbonnais Kankakee Chicago area Children's Homepage
Fabyan Villa Museum Geneva Kane Northern Illinois Historic house House redesigned by Frank Lloyd Wright, also Japanese garden, operated by the Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley
Fabyan Windmill Geneva Kane Northern Illinois Mill Authentic, working Dutch windmill dating from the 1850s
Fairfield Early History Museum Fairfield Wayne Southern Local history Operated by the Wayne Historical Society website
Farnsworth House Plano Kendall Northern Illinois Historic house 1940s home designed and constructed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Ferguson Art Gallery at Concordia University Chicago River Forest Cook Chicago area Art Located in Kretzman Hall, 5 to 6 exhibitions of works of established and up-and-coming Chicago-area artists Homepage
Fern Dell Museum Newark Kendall Northern Illinois Local history Operated by the Fern Dell Historic Association Homepage
Fayette County Museum Vandalia Fayette Southern Local history Period displays
Field Museum of Natural History Chicago Cook Chicago area Natural history Animals, insects, dinosaurs and fossils, history and the evolution of life on Earth, Ancient Egypt, gems and minerals, DNA, Native Americans
Fire Museum of Greater Chicago Chicago Cook Chicago area Firefighting Homepage
First Division Museum at Cantigny Wheaton DuPage Chicago area Military History of the 1st Infantry Division from the Revolutionary War to the present, located at Cantigny
Flagg Creek Museum Burr Ridge Cook Chicago area Local history Operated by the Flagg Creek Heritage Society Homepage
Flagg Township Museum Rochelle Ogle Northern Illinois Local history Operated by the Flagg Township Historical Society in the former town hall
Fort de Chartres Prairie du Rocher Randolph Southern Military Reconstructed mid-18th-century fort
Fort Hill Heritage Museum Mundelein Lake Chicago area Local history Operated by the Historical Society of Fort Hill Country Information
Fort Massac State Park Metropolis Massac Southern Military Reconstructed colonial and early National-era fort
Fourth St. Museum Chillicothe Peoria Quad Cities Local history Operated by the Chillicothe Historical Society Homepage
Fox River Trolley Museum South Elgin Kane Chicago area Transportation Electric trolley cars
Foreman Depot Museum Vienna Johnson Southern Local history Local and railroad history and art gallery [28]
Frances Willard House Evanston Cook Chicago area Historic house 18th-century home of Frances Willard and her family that was the longtime headquarters of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union
Franklin County Jail Museum Benton Franklin Southern Local history Operated by the Franklin County Historic Preservation Society
Franklin County Garage Museum Benton Franklin Southern Automobile Operated by the Franklin County Historic Preservation Society Homepage
Franklin Creek Grist Mill Franklin Grove Lee Northern Illinois Mill Includes 1930s working mill and area watershed displays Homepage
Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Oak Park Cook Chicago area Historic house Restored 1909-period residence of Frank Lloyd Wright
Frederick Francis Woodland Palace Kewanee Henry Western Historic house 1890 house with advanced engineering Homepage
Freeport Art Museum Freeport Stephenson Northern Illinois Art Exhibits art from its collection as well as regional contemporary artists Homepage
Fryxell Geology Museum Rock Island Rock Island Quad Cities Natural history Part of Augustana College, dinosaur, fossil, rock and mineral specimens Homepage
Fulkerson Mansion & Farm Museum Jerseyville Jersey Metro-East Historic house Civil War period mansion and agriculture tools and equipment information
Fulton (Martin House) Museum Fulton Whiteside Northern Illinois Local history Operated by the Fulton Historical Society Homepage
Galena & U.S. Grant Museum Galena Jo Daviess Northern Illinois Local history Operated by the Galena - Jo Daviess County Historical Society Homepage
Galesburg Civic Art Center Galesburg Knox Western Art Homepage
Galesburg Railroad Museum Galesburg Knox Western Railway
Garfield Farm and Inn Museum St. Charles Kane Northern Illinois Farm 1840s period farmhouse, barn and outbuildings
Gaylord Building Lockport Will Chicago area Transportation Impact of the Illinois & Michigan Canal on the area
Geneseo Historical Museum Geneseo Henry Western Local history Operated by the Geneseo Historical Association Homepage
Geneva History Museum Geneva Kane Northern Illinois Local history Operated by the Geneva Historical Society Homepage
George Clayson House Museum Palatine Cook Chicago area Local history Operated by the Palatine Historical Society
George R. Letourneau Home Museum Bourbonnais Kankakee Chicago area Historic house Operated by the Bourbonnais Grove Historical Society Homepage
German Valley Historical Society Museum German Valley Stephenson Northern Illinois Local history website
Giertz Gallery Champaign Champaign Champaign-Urbana Metropolitan Area Art Part of Parkland College Homepage
Glen Carbon Heritage Museum Glen Carbon Madison Metro-East Local history Homepage
Glenview History Center Glenview Cook 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 Cook Chicago area Historic house English arts and crafts-style home furnishings and decorative arts
Governor Duncan Mansion Jacksonville Morgan Central Historic house Mid-19th-century period home of the state's fifth governor
Governor Oglesby Mansion Decatur Macon Central Historic house Operated by the Macon County Conservation District, 1870s Italianate style home of 3-time Illinois Governor, U.S. Senator and Civil War General Richard J. Oglesby [13]
Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum Springfield Sangamon Central Civil War Includes GAR memorabilia, artifacts, papers, diaries, photos, weapons, journals Homepage
Grant Hall Museum Ingleside Lake Chicago area Local history Operated by the Fox Lake-Grant Township Area Historical Society Homepage
Graue Mill and Museum Oak Brook DuPage Chicago area Mill Operating waterwheel grist mill and homestead
Gray Gallery at Quincy University Quincy Adams Western Art Part of the Brenner Library, exhibitions by nationally-noted and regional artists, as well as works by students and faculty [29]
Grayslake Historical Society Museum Grayslake Lake Chicago area Local history Homepage
Great Lakes Naval Museum Great Lakes Lake 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
Greater Saint Louis Air & Space Museum Cahokia St. Clair Metro-East Aviation Historic aircraft, aviation history
Gretna Station Museum and Caboose Carol Stream DuPage Chicago area Railroad Operated by the Carol Stream Historical Society Homepage
Gridley Telephone Museum Gridley McLean Central Technology Evolution of communication services in rural Illinois Homepage
Grosse Point Lighthouse Evanston Cook Chicago area Lighthouse 1873 lighthouse open for tours
Grove National Historic Landmark Glenview Cook 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
Grundy County Historical Society Museum Morris Grundy Northern Illinois Local history [30][31]
Hanna House Museum Fairfield Wayne Southern Historic house Operated by the Wayne Historical Society website
Hard Days Nite Bed & Breakfast & Beatles Mini-Museum Benton Franklin Southern Biographical Room where George Harrison slept when in town, includes Beatles memorabilia Homepage
Harris Agricultural Museum Atwood Douglas Central Agriculture Agricultural vehicles and equipment including soil, tillage, harvesting and planting equipment, replicas of a 1920s farmstead kitchen, grain elevator office and blacksmith shop Homepage
Harrison/Bruce Historical Village Carterville Williamson Southern Open air Operated by John A. Logan College, includes a school, 19th-century house and two log cabins Homepage
Hawthorne Works Museum Cicero Cook Chicago area Technology Part of Morton College, history and products of the Western Electric company
Heath Center Gallery at John Wood Community College Quincy Adams Western Art Located in the lower level of the Paul Heath Community Education and Fine Arts Center [32]
Hedges Station Winfield DuPage Chicago area Local history Operated by the Winfield Historical Society Homepage
Hegeler Carus Mansion LaSalle LaSalle Northern Illinois Historic house 1876 Victorian-period mansion
Henderson County Museum Raritan Henderson Western Local history Includes schoolrooms, farm kitchens, clothing and farm implements [33]
Henry County Museum Bishop Hill Henry Western Local history Operated by the Henry County Historical Society Homepage
Henry N. Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center Cypress Johnson Southern Natural history Animals, plants and ecosystem of the Cache River Wetlands and the Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge
Henry School Polo Ogle Northern Illinois School Operated by the Polo Historical Society, 1878 country school with local history displays Homepage
Henry Thomas Museum Wyanet Bureau Northern Illinois Local history Open by appointment, Bureau County Township and early settler Thomas Family memorabilia [34]
Heritage Canyon Fulton Whiteside Northern Illinois Open air Homepage
Heritage Farm Museum Okawville Ogle Northern Illinois Historic house Three historic homes: the Frank Schlosser Complex, the Dr. Robert C. Poos Home, and the Joseph Schlosser Home
Heritage House Museum Salem Washington Southern Historic house Mid-19th-century house, open by appointment
Heritage Museum Olney Richland Southern Historic house Late 19th-century Victorian house, open by appointment with the Richland Heritage Museum Foundation
Highland Park Historical Society Museum Highland Park Lake Chicago area Local history Homepage
Hinsdale History Museum Hinsdale DuPage Chicago area Local history Operated by the Hinsdale Historical Society Homepage
Historic Auto Attractions Roscoe Winnebago Northern Illinois Automotive Exhibits include famous cars, a wide array of classic Hollywood movie memorabilia, and a section dedicated to John F. Kennedy Homepage
Historic Nauvoo Nauvoo Hancock Central Open air Includes over 30 historic sites from the 1839-1846 time period, history of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Homepage
Hoiles-Davis Museum Greenville Bond Southern Local history Operated by the Bond County Historical Society Homepage
Holt House Monmouth Warren Central Historic house House where Pi Beta Phi Fraternity was founded Homepage
Homestead Prairie Farm Decatur Macon Central Historic house Operated by the Macon County Conservation District, exhibits focus on rural life on the Grand Prairie of Illinois in the 1860s [13]
Horse and Buggy Museum Biggsville Henderson Western Transportation Horse-drawn vehicles and farm equipment Homepage
Hoosier Grove Museum Streamwood Cook Chicago area School Operated by the Streamwood Historical Society Homepage
Hull House Chicago Cook 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 LaSalle Northern Illinois Local history Operated by the Mendota Museum & Historical Society, includes Wild Bill Hickok collection Homepage
Hutson Memorial Village Hutsonville Crawford Southern Open air Six log cabins recreating homestead life in 1812, operated by the Hutsonville Historical Society [35]
Illinois Amish Museum Arcola Douglas Central Cultural Amish religion and lifestyle including buggies, barns, homes, quilts, weddings, Anabaptist history Homepage
Illinois Aviation Museum Bolingbrook Will Chicago area Aviation Collection of restored and replica aircraft
Illinois Executive Mansion Springfield Sangamon Central Historic house Governor's official residence
Illinois Fire Museum Springfield Sangamon Central Firefighting Open by appointment, located at the Old Firehouse on Illinois State Fairgrounds Homepage
Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center Skokie Cook Chicago area History
Illinois Mennonite Heritage Center Metamora Woodford Western Open air Faith and life of Mennonites in Illinois, including worship, home life and agriculture Homepage
Illinois Oil Field Museum Oblong Crawford Southern Industry Oil industry tools and equipment, Illinois Basin and surrounding areas of the oil boom era and the oil industry of that area [36][37]
Illinois Railway Museum Union McHenry Northern Illinois Railway Includes steam, diesel and electric trains and heritage train rides
Illinois School for the Deaf Alumni Association Museum Jacksonville Morgan Central Education History of the Illinois School for the Deaf Homepage
Illinois State Capitol Springfield Sangamon Central Historic site
Illinois State Military Museum Springfield Sangamon Central Military History of the Illinois National Guard Homepage
Illinois State Museum Springfield Sangamon Central Multiple State natural history, history, culture and art
Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation Museum Springfield Sangamon Central Law enforcement Uniforms, badges, photographs, vintage squad cars Homepage
Illinois State University College of Fine Arts Galleries Normal McLean Central Art Located at Uptown Station Homepage
Illinois Wesleyan University - Merwin & Wakeley Galleries Bloomington McLean Central Art Located in the Ames School of Art Homepage
Ingrams Pioneer Log Cabin Village Kinmundy Marion Southern Open air 19th-century period log cabin village [38][39]
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art Chicago Cook Chicago area Art Intuitive and outsider art gallery
International Museum of Surgical Science Chicago Cook Chicago area Medical Operated by the International College of Surgeons, history of primitive and modern healing practices of Eastern and Western civilizations
Irish American Heritage Center Chicago Cook Chicago area Cultural
ISM Chicago Gallery Chicago Cook Chicago area Art Changing exhibits of fine and decorative arts
Isle a la Cache Museum Romeoville Will Chicago area History French fur trade and Native American life
Italian American Veterans Museum Stone Park Cook Chicago area Military Italian-American involvement in the defense of America from the Revolutionary War to the present Homepage
Itasca Historical Depot Museum Itasca DuPage Chicago area Railroad Operated by the Itasca Historical Society, local history, area railroad history, model train layout Homepage
Jackson County Historical Society Museum Murphysboro Jackson Southern Local history website
James Millikin Homestead Decatur Macon Central Historic house 1870s mansion, owned by Millikin University
Jarrett Prairie Center Byron Ogle Northern Illinois Natural history Includes natural history museum and observatory, operated by the Byron Forest Preserve District Homepage
Jarrot Mansion Cahokia St. Clair Metro-East Historic house Opened periodically for special events
Jefferson County Historical Village Mt. Vernon Jefferson 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
Jersey County Historical Society Museum Jerseyville Jersey Metro-East Historic house Located in the Victorian Cheney Mansion, also local history exhibits Homepage
J. H. Hawes Grain Elevator Museum Atlanta Logan Central Agriculture 1904 grain elevator
John A. Logan College Museum Carterville Williamson Southern Local history Southern Illinois’ visual arts, cultural heritage and natural history, part of John A. Logan College
John A. Logan Museum Murphysboro Jackson Southern Biographical Life and impact of John A. Logan, Civil War general, located in the Christopher C. Bullar House Homepage
John Deere Historic Site Grand Detour Ogle Northern Illinois Historic house Recreated blacksmith shop and 1836 pioneer house
John Deere Pavilion Moline Rock Island Quad Cities Agriculture John Deere tractors and farm equipment
John C. Flanagan House Museum Peoria Peoria Central Historic house Mid-19th-century house, operated by the Peoria Historical Society
John Marshall House Museum Old Shawneetown Gallatin Southern Historic house Reconstructed 19th-century house and bank
John Shastid House Pittsfield Pike Central Historic house Operated by the Pike County Historical Society, 1838 house, tours by appointment
John Wood Mansion Quincy Adams Western Historic house Operated by the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County, 1830s mansion home of the state's 12th governor
Joliet Area Historical Museum Joliet Will Chicago area Local history Includes life-size replica depicting the building of the Illinois Michigan Canal, period store displays, Route 66
Jones Hous Pontiac Livingston Central Historic house Open by appointment and for events, restored 1857 house
Joseph F. Glidden Homestead & Historical Center DeKalb DeKalb Northern Illinois Historic house Mid-19th-century home of the inventor of barbed wire Joseph Glidden
Joseph Smith Historic Site Nauvoo Hancock Central Open air Operated by the Community of Christ. Tour of several sites including Nauvoo House, Joseph Smith Homestead, Mansion House, Red Brick Store
Jubilee College State Historic Site Peoria Peoria Central Historic site Former pioneer college, currently closed
Kaeser Park Highland Madison Metro-East Historic house Operated by the Highland Historical Society. Includes log cabin building museum, local history exhibits Homepage
Kankakee County Museum Kankakee Kanakee 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 Kankakee Northern Illinois Railroad Homepage
Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum Rock Island Rock Island Quad Cities History Located in the former First Church of Christ, Scientist, exhibits from its collections of original manuscripts and documents
Kenilworth Historical Society Museum Kenilworth Cook Chicago area Local history Homepage
Kent Fuller Air Station Prairie Glenview Cook 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 Henry Western Local history Officially the Robert & Marcella Richards Museum Homepage
Kibbe Museum Carthage Hancock Central Local history Homepage
Kidzeum of Health and Science Springfield Sangamon Central Children's Planned museum Homepage
Kirkland Fine Arts Center Decatur Macon Central Art Part of Millikin University, includes Perkinson Art Gallery and Lower Gallery Homepage
Kishwaukee College Art Gallery Malta DeKalb Northern Illinois Art Homepage
Kline Creek Farm Winfield DuPage Chicago area Farm 1890s living history farm and farmhouse Homepage
Knox County Museum Knox Knox Western Local history Homepage
Koehnline Museum of Art Des Plaines Cook Chicago area Art Part of Oakton Community College Homepage
Kohl Children's Museum Glenview Cook Chicago area Children's
Korean War National Museum Springfield Sangamon Central Military Known as the Denis J. Healy Freedom Center, planned national museum
Krannert Art Museum Champaign 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 DuPage Chicago area Historic house Operated by the West Chicago Historical Society, 1917 period home Homepage
L. Haas Store Museum Carmi White Southern Local history Operated by the White County Historical Society
Labor & Industry Museum Belleville St. Clair Metro-East Industry Tools, photos and exhibits of local industries, businesses, workers and products Homepage
La Grange Area Historical Society Museum La Grange Cook Chicago area Local history Located in the Samuel Vial House Homepage
Lake Bluff History Museum Lake Bluff Lake Chicago area Local history Homepage
Lake County Discovery Museum Wauconda Lake Chicago area Multiple Local art, history and popular culture
Lake Forest College Art Galleries Lake Forest Lake Chicago area Local history Sonnenschein Gallery, Albright Room and Deerpath Student Gallery Homepage
Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society Museum Lake Forest Lake Chicago area Art Museum of local history Homepage
Lamon House Danville Vermilion Central Historic house Operated by the Vermilion County Museum Society Homepage
LaSalle County Museum Utica LaSalle 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 Cook Chicago area Ethnic Operated by the Chicago Latvian Association, Latvian folk art Homepage
Latzer Homestead Highland Madison Metro-East Historic house Operated by the Highland Historical Society Homepage
Laura A. Sprague Gallery Joliet Will Chicago area Art Art gallery of Joliet Junior College, located on the first floor of J-Building Homepage
Laurent House Rockford Winnebago Northern Illinois Historic house 1952 house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for a person with a disability
Leaf River Historical Museum Leaf River Ogle Northern Illinois Local history Operated by the Leaf River Historical Society Homepage
Leather Archives and Museum Chicago Cook Chicago area Sex Leather, fetishism, sadomasochism, and alternative sexual practices
Lederman Science Center Batavia Kane Northern Illinois Science Operated by Fermilab, hands-on exhibits for ages 10+ Homepage
Lee-Baker-Hodges House Carrollton Greene Central Local history Operated by the Greene County Historical and Genealogical Society
Lemont Area Historical Society Museum Lemont Cook Chicago area Local history Includes general store, schoolroom, stable, medical office, war relics, and other local history displays
Lena Area Historical Museum Lena Stephenson Northern Illinois Local history Operated by the Lena Historical Society Homepage, Information
Lewis and Clark State Historic Site Hartford Madison Southern History Camp of the Lewis and Clark Expedition from December 1803 to May 1804
Lincoln Heritage Museum Lincoln Logan Central Biographical Part of Lincoln College, life and times of Abraham Lincoln Homepage
Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site Lerna Coles Central Living 1840s home of Thomas and Sarah Bush Lincoln, father and stepmother of Abraham Lincoln, living history farm
Lincoln-Douglas Debate Interpretive Center Quincy Adams Western History History of the Lincoln–Douglas debates and Quincy’s stories of Lincoln and Douglas’s friendships and influences in the Quincy area Homepage
Lincoln Home National Historic Site Springfield Sangamon Central Historic house Home that Abraham Lincoln lived in from 1844 to 1861
Lincoln-era Log Cabin Village Quincy Adams Western Open air Four 1800's log cabins, a corn crib, stone smoke house and log church open for exterior viewing website
Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices State Historic Site Springfield Sangamon Central Historic site Restored to 1840s period
Lincoln-Manahan Home Museum Sterling Whiteside Northern Illinois Historic house Operated by the Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society, 19th-century house where Sheriff William Manahan hosted Abraham Lincoln during his 1856 visit to Sterling Homepage
Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site New Salem Menard Central Open air Reconstruction of the village where Abraham Lincoln lived in the 1830s
Lithuanian Museum of Art Lemont Cook Chicago area Art Fine and folk art by native and emigrant Lithuanian artists Homepage
Little Brick House Vandalia Fayette Southern Historic house Restored 1860s middle class home, open by appointment, operated by the Vandalia Historical Society
Little White School Museum Oswego Kendall Northern Illinois Local history Operated by the Oswegoland Heritage Association Homepage
Livingston County Historical Society's Local History Exhibit Pontiac Livingston Central Local history Display in the Livingston County Courthouse website
Livingston County War Museum Pontiac Livingston Central Military Military museum dedicated to honoring central Illinois veterans from World War I to the present Homepage
Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art Elmhurst DuPage 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 Will Chicago area Art Satellite gallery of the Illinois State Museum, changing exhibitions of past and contemporary Illinois artists and artisans
Loveland Community House and Museum Dixon Lee Northern Illinois Local history Homepage
Loyola University Museum of Art Chicago Cook 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 Kendall Northern Illinois Open air Operated by the Kendall County Historical Society, opened for special events Homepage
Macktown Living History Education Center Rockton Winnebago Northern Illinois Living 1830 - 1846 frontier town Homepage
Macon County History Museum Decatur Macon Central Open air Operated by the Macon County Historical Society, features a prairie village complex Homepage
Madison County Historical Museum Edwardsville Madison Metro-East Local history Operated by the Madison County Historical Society in the John Weir House
Magnolia Manor Cairo Alexander Southern Historic house Late 19th-century period Victorian mansion
Manteno Historical Society Museum Manteno Kankakee Northern Illinois Local history Early 20th-century period displays Homepage
Marie Louise Olmstead Memorial Museum Somonauk DeKalb Northern Illinois Local history Exhibit also includes natural history artifacts [40][41]
Marion E. Wade Center Wheaton DuPage Chicago area Literary Memorabilia and artifacts from its collections about seven authors from the United Kingdom: C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, G. K. Chesterton, Dorothy L. Sayers, Charles Williams, Owen Barfield, and George MacDonald, and C. S. Lewis's wife, the poet Joy Davidman
Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art Evanston Cook Chicago area Art Part of Northwestern University, historical and contemporary visual art and culture
Matthew T. Scott House Chenoa McLean Central Historic house Mid-19th-century period home of town's founder
McConnell Area Historical Society Museum McConnell Stephenson Northern Illinois Local history [42]
McCormick Tribune Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum Chicago Cook Chicago area History Natural, social and cultural history of the Chicago River Homepage
McDonald's No. 1 Store Museum Des Plaines Cook Chicago area Food Recreation of the first McDonald's Restaurant
McHenry County Historical Society Museum Union McHenry Northern Illinois Local history Period displays Homepage
McKendree University Gallery of Art Lebanon St. Clair Metro-East Art Works by students, faculty, alumni and artists from the region Homepage
McLean County Museum of History Bloomington McLean Central Local history Central Illinois history with themes of people, politics, work and farming
McPike Mansion Alton Madison Metro-East Historic house
Menard County Historical Society Museum Petersburg Menard Central Local history [43]
Metamora Courthouse State Historic Site Metamora Woodford Western Historic site Restored to 1850s period, also includes local history exhibits
Midway Village Museum Rockford Winnebago Northern Illinois Open air 1890-1910 Victorian village with 24 historical buildings, costumed interpreters, local history exhibits Homepage
Midwest Museum of Natural History Sycamore DeKalb Northern Illinois Natural history Dioramas depicting the natural biomes of North America and Africa
Mineral Pride Society, Inc. Museum Mineral Bureau Northern Illinois Local history Homepage[44]
Mississippi Valley Antique Auto Museum Quincy Adams Western Automobile Operated by the Mississippi Valley Historic Auto Club in Quincy Park, may be closing [45][46]
Mitchell Museum of the American Indian Evanston Cook Chicago area Native American
Money Museum Chicago Cook Chicago area Numismatic History of the Federal Reserve and currencies
Monticello Railway Museum Monticello Piatt Champaign-Urbana Metropolitan Area Railroad
Morrison Heritage Museum Morrison Whiteside Northern Illinois Local history [47]
Morton Grove Historical Museum Morton Grove Cook Chicago area Historic house Operated by the Morton Grove Historical Society and the Morton Grove Park District in the mid-19th-century period Haupt-Yehl House Homepage
Mother Rudd Home Museum Gurnee Lake Chicago area Local history Operated by the Warren Township Historical Society Homepage
Mount Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site Mount Pulaski Logan Central Historic site Restored to 1850s period
Mount Pulaski Township Historical Museum Mount Pulaski Logan Central Local history Operated by the Mt. Pulaski Township Historical Society Homepage
Moweaqua Coal Mine Museum Moweaqua Shelby Central Mining Area coal mining, history of the 1932 Moweaqua Coal Mine disaster Homepage
Museum of Broadcast Communications Chicago Cook Chicago area Media Historic and contemporary radio and television content, includes National Radio Hall of Fame
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Cook Chicago area Art
Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago Cook Chicago area Art
Museum of Land Surveying Petersburg Menard Central Other History and equipment used in land surveying [48][49]
Museum of Science and Industry Chicago Cook Chicago area Science Exhibits include mining, transportation, period businesses, Earth, farming, energy, inventions
Museum of the Gilding Arts Pontiac Livingston Central Art History, craft, and use of gold and silver leafing in architecture and in decoration
Museum of the Grand Prairie Mahomet Champaign Champaign-Urbana Metropolitan Area Local history Operated by the Champaign County Forest Preserve District, includes American Indian, pioneer, railroad and Black American exhibits, formerly the Early American Museum
Museums at Lisle Station Park Lisle DuPage Chicago area Open air Includes 19th-century period displays at the Lisle Depot Museum, Netzley/Yender Farmhouse, Beaubien Tavern and blacksmith shop Homepage
MY Garage Museum Effingham Effingham Southern Automotive Automotive collectibles and memorabilia, rare Corvettes and Volkswagens Homepage
Naper Settlement Naperville DuPage Chicago area Open air 19th-century historic museum village
Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park University Park Will Chicago area Art Outdoor contemporary sculpture park, part of Governors State University Homepage
National Great Rivers Museum East Alton Madison Metro-East Maritime Operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, adjacent to Melvin Price Locks and Dam Homepage, information, Further information
National Hellenic Museum Chicago Cook Chicago area Cultural Greek history, art and culture and the Greek immigrant experience
National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame Chicago Cook Chicago area Hall of fame
National Museum of Mexican Art Chicago Cook Chicago area Art Mexican, Latino, and Chicano art and culture
National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture Chicago Cook Chicago area Ethnic Arts and culture of the Puerto Rican people and of the Puerto Ricans in Chicago
National Museum of Ship Models and Sea History Sadorus Champaign Champaign-Urbana Metropolitan Area Maritime Ship models from around the world and throughout history
National Road Interpretive Center Vandalia Fayette Southern Transportation History of the National Road at its western terminus Homepage
National Shrine of St Therese Darien DuPage Chicago area Religious Roman Catholic shrine and museum about Thérèse of Lisieux
National Veterans Art Museum Chicago Cook Chicago area Art Art produced by veterans
Naval Air Station Glenview Museum Glenview Cook Chicago area Aviation Aviation and the history of Naval Air Station Glenview, operated by the Glenview Hangar One Foundation Homepage
Nehring Gallery DeKalb DeKalb Northern Illinois Culture Exhibits gallery of the Nehring Center for Culture and Tourism [50]
Newberry Library Chicago Cook Chicago area Library Free changing exhibits of art, culture and history drawn from its collections.
The Next Picture Show Dixon Lee Northern Illinois Art Non-profit fine arts center Homepage
Niles Historical Museum Niles Cook Chicago area Local history Operated by the Niles Historical Society Homepage
Norris University Center - Dittmar Gallery Evanston Cook Chicago area Art Student-run gallery of Northwestern University, works of emerging and underrepresented artists from the Chicago area and the Midwest
Northbrook History Museum Northbrook Cook Chicago area Local history Operated by the Northbrook Historical Society, changing exhibits of local history and re-created 1890s Shermerville home Homepage
Northwest Territory Historic Center Dixon Lee Northern Illinois Local history Includes exhibits on Ronald Reagan Homepage
Norwood Park Historical Society Museum Chicago Cook Chicago area Local history Period displays about Norwood Park community, located in the Noble-Seymour-Crippen House
Norsk Museum Norway LaSalle Northern Illinois Ethnic Norwegian culture and arts of area settlers website
North Central College Galleries Naperville DuPage Chicago area Art Oesterle Library Gallery and Schoenherr Gallery in the Fine Arts Center Homepage
Northern Illinois Fire Museum Marengo McHenry Chicago area Firefighting Planned museum Homepage
NIU Art Museum DeKalb DeKalb Northern Illinois Art Part of Northern Illinois University, focus is contemporary art Homepage
O'Connor Art Gallery at Dominican University River Forest Cook Chicago area Art Located in Lewis Hall Homepage
O'Fallon Historical Society Museum O'Fallon St. Clair Metro-East Local history Homepage
Ogle County Historical Society Museum Oregon Ogle Northern Illinois Historic house Also known as the Nash Home and Museum, 1880s period house Homepage
Old Courthouse Museum Watseka Iroquois Central Local history Operated by the Iroquois County Historical Society
Old Lincoln Courtroom & Museum Beardstown Cass Western Historic site Courtroom where Abraham Lincoln defended Duff Armstrong in the famous Almanac trial Homepage
Old Market House Galena Jo Daviess Northern Illinois Local history History of the mid-19th-century former market house
Old Settlers' Log Cabin Dixon Lee Northern Illinois Historic house Operated by the Lee County Historical and Genealogical Society for events Homepage
Old Six Mile Museum Granite City Madison Metro-East Historic house Located in the Emmert-Zippel House
Old State Capitol State Historic Site Springfield Sangamon Central History Restored to 1860s period
Oquawka Museum Oquawka Henderson Western Local history Open by appointment [51]
Oriental Institute Chicago Cook Chicago area Archaeology Part of the University of Chicago, exhibits focus on history, art, and archaeology of the ancient Near East
Orpheum Children's Science Museum Champaign Champaign Champaign-Urbana Metropolitan Area Science
Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum Ottawa LaSalle Northern Illinois Scouting History and memorabilia of the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Camp Fire Guides Homepage[52]
Owen Lovejoy Homestead Princeton Bureau Northern Illinois Historic house Former station on the Underground Railroad
Owen P. Miles Museum Mount Carroll Carroll Northern Illinois Historic house Operated by the Carroll County Historical Society [53]
Paulson Agriculture Museum of Argyle Caledonia Winnebago Northern Illinois Agriculture Antique agriculture equipment, tractors, cast iron implement seats, windmills, washing machines Homepage
Pearson Museum Springfield Sangamon 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 Winnebago Northern Illinois Local history Located in a historic grain elevator Homepage
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Chicago Cook Chicago area Natural history Natural history of the Chicago region
Peoria Riverfront Museum Peoria Peoria Central Multiple Fine art, decorative arts, folk art, ethnographic art, natural history, local history
Perry County Jail Museum Pinckneyville Perry Southern Local history Operated by the Perry County Historical Society
Perry Farm Park Bourbonnais Kankakee Chicago area Farm 170-acre park with living history Perry Farm and house
Pettingill-Morron House Peoria Peoria Central Historic house Victorian-period house, operated by the Peoria Historical Society
Piatt County Museum Monticello Piatt Champaign-Urbana Metropolitan Area Local history Includes agricultural equipment and household items, civil war artifacts, clothing, quilts, dolls and toy trains Homepage
Pick Museum of Anthropology DeKalb DeKalb Northern Illinois Anthropology Part of Northern Illinois University, formally known as the James B. and Rosalyn L. Pick Museum of Anthropology Homepage
Pierre Menard Home State Historic Site Ellis Grove Randolph Southern Historic house 1810 French Creole-style home of Pierre Menard, the first lieutenant governor of Illinois
Pike County Historical Society Museum Pittsfield Pike Central Local history
Pioneer Sholes School St. Charles Kane Northern Illinois School 1900-period one-room schoolhouse Homepage
Place de la Musique Barrington Hills McHenry Northern Illinois Music Open for group tours and events, collection of antique music machines including phonographs, player pianos, fairground and band organs, calliopes
Pleasant Home Oak Park Cook Chicago area Historic house Prairie style mansion, local history exhibits by the Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest
Polish Museum of America Chicago Cook Chicago area Ethnic Polish history, culture and art
Pontiac Museum Complex Pontiac Livingston Central Multiple Includes the Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame and Museum, Livingston County War Museum, Walldog Mural and Sign Art Museum, Bob Waldmire Experience, Life in the 1940s Exhibit, Music of the Civil War Exhibit [54]
Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum Pontiac Livingston Central Automobile Pontiac and Oakland automobiles and brand items website
Pope County Historical Society Museum Golconda Pope Southern Local history Information
Popeye Museum Chester Randolph Southern Local history Located in the home town of Popeye Homepage[55]
Poplar Grove Vintage Wings & Wheels Museum Poplar Grove Boone Northern Illinois Transportation Vintage aircraft, automobiles and other modes of transportation and memorabilia Homepage
Postville Courthouse State Historic Site Ellis Grove Logan Southern Historic site Reconstructed frontier courthouse
Prairie Aviation Museum Bloomington McLean Central Aviation Military aircraft Homepage,
Prairie Grass Nature Museum Round Lake Lake Chicago area Natural history Homepage
Prairie Land Heritage Museum Jacksonville Morgan Central Agriculture Antique farm machinery, steam engines, tools and equipment Homepage
Prairie Mills Windmill Golden Adams Western Mill Restored Dutch smock windmill, includes Golden Museum of local history; operated by the Golden Historical Society Homepage
Princeville Heritage Museum Princeville Peoria Central Local history Homepage
Pritzker Military Museum & Library Chicago Cook Chicago area Art Exhibits of military art drawn from its collections
Prophetstown Historical Society Museum Prophetstown Whiteside Northern Illinois Local history Located in the Asa Crook House [56]
Pullman National Monument Chicago Cook Chicago area Historic site Includes Hotel Florence, Administration and Factory Complex, Pullman Railroad Porters National Museum
Quincy Art Center Quincy Adams Western Art Homepage
Quincy Museum Quincy Adams Western Local history Includes period rooms, local history exhibits, store display, dinosaur room
Raggedy Ann & Andy Museum Arcola Douglas Central Commodity Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy memorabilia, Johnny Gruelle exhibits Homepage
Randolph County Archives and Museum Chester Randolph Southern Local history [57]
Ratcliff Inn Carmi White Southern Local history Operated by the White County Historical Society
Raupp Museum Buffalo Grove Lake Chicago area Local history
Reddick Mansion Ottawa LaSalle Northern Illinois Historic house Pre-Civil War Italianate mansion Homepage
The Renaissance Society Chicago Cook Chicago area Art Exhibits of contemporary art
Rheinberger Museum Nauvoo Hancock Central Historic house Operated by the Nauvoo Historical Society in Nauvoo State Park, mid-19th-century period house Homepage
Richard W. Bock Sculpture Museum Greenville Bond Southern Art Part of Greenville College, houses collection of bronze and plaster sculptures by Richard Bock Homepage
Ridge Historical Society Chicago Cook Chicago area Local history Exhibits related to Chicago neighborhoods of Beverly Hills, Morgan Park and Washington Heights, open by appointment Homepage
Riverside Historical Museum Riverside Cook Chicago area Local history Operated by the Riverside Historical Commission Homepage
Robert R. McCormick Museum Wheaton DuPage Chicago area Historic house 1930s historic mansion with biographical exhibits about Robert R. McCormick, publisher of the Chicago Tribune, located at Cantigny
Robert Vial House Burr Ridge Cook Chicago area Historic house Mid-19th-century farmhouse, uperated by the Flagg Creek Heritage Society
Robie House Chicago Cook Chicago area Historic house Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
Robinson-Stewart House Carmi White Southern Historic house Operated by the White County Historical Society, 1814 house with furnishings, many of which date to the 1830s
Rochelle Fire Department Museum Rochelle Ogle Northern Illinois Firefighting [58]
Rochelle Railroad Park Rochelle Ogle Northern Illinois Railroad City park where railfans can safely view and photograph trains, includes a 7-ton Whitcomb locomotive, recreated hobo jungle
Rockford Art Museum Rockford Winnebago Northern Illinois Art American art from the 19th century to the present Homepage
Rockford Auto Museum Rockford Winnebago Northern Illinois Automobile Classic American muscle cars Homepage
Rockford University Art Gallery Rockford Winnebago Northern Illinois Art Located in the Clark Arts Center Homepage
Rock Falls Fire Department Museum Rock Falls Whiteside Northern Illinois Firefighting Homepage
Rock Island Arsenal Museum Rock Island Rock Island Quad Cities Military History of Rock Island Arsenal, Arsenal Island and small arms development
Rock Island Railroad Museum Chillicothe Peoria Quad Cities Railroad Operated by the Chillicothe Historical Society Homepage
Rock N Roll McDonald's Chicago Cook Chicago area Food Restaurant with McDonald's memorabilia and rock and roll artifacts
Rockton Township Historical Society Museum Rockton Winnebago Northern Illinois Local history Homepage
Rolling Meadows Historical Museum Rolling Meadows Cook Chicago area Local history 1950s period displays Homepage
Ronald Reagan Birthplace Tampico Whiteside Northern Illinois Biographical Early life of President Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home Dixon Lee Northern Illinois Historic house 1920s period boyhood home of President Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan Museum at Eureka College Eureka Woodford Central Biographical
Roselle History Museum Roselle DuPage Chicago area Local history Includes local history museum and 1920s period home Homepage
Rossville Depot Railroad Museum Rossville Vermilion Central Railroad Operated by the Danville Junction Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society Homepage
Russell Military Museum Russell Lake Chicago area Military Tanks, military vehicles, weapons, memorabilia Homepage
Ryan Round Barn Kewanee Henry Western Agriculture Located in Johnson-Sauk Trail State Park
Savanna Museum and Cultural Center Savanna Carroll Northern Illinois Local history Homepage
Savanna Train Car Museum Savanna Carroll Northern Illinois Railroad Homepage
Schingoethe Center of Aurora University Aurora Kane Chicago area Native American Part of Aurora University, historic and contemporary American Indian culture Homepage
Schmidt-Burnham Log House Winnetka Cook Chicago area School Operated by the Winnetka Historical Society Homepage
Schuyler County Historical Jail Museum & Genealogical Center Rushville Schuyler Western Local history Homepage
Science Center of Southern Illinois Carbondale Jackson Southern Science Hands-on science activities Homepage
SciTech Hands On Museum Aurora Kane Chicago area Science Homepage
Shabbona-Lee-Rollo Historical Museum Shabbona DeKalb Northern Illinois Local history Homepage
Shedd Aquarium Chicago Cook Chicago area Aquarium
Sheffield Museum Sheffield Bureau Northern Illinois Local history Operated by the Sheffield Historical Society Homepage
Sheldon Peck Homestead Lombard DuPage Chicago area Historic house 1840s-1860s period home, operated by the Lombard Historical Society
Shiloh House Zion Lake Chicago area Historic house Operated by the Zion Historical Society, early 20th-century mansion of town founder John Alexander Dowie Homepage
Silkwood Inn Mulkeytown Franklin Southern Historic house Waypoint along the historical Shawneetown–Kaskaskia Trail, and home of Priscilla Silkwood
Silvercreek Museum Freeport Stephenson 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
Skokie Heritage Museum Skokie Cook Chicago area Historic house Historic engine house with fire equipment and original 1847 log cabin Homepage
Slovenian Heritage Museum Joliet Will Chicago area Ethnic Operated by the Slovenian Women's Union of America Homepage
Smart Museum of Art Chicago Cook Chicago area Art Part of the University of Chicago
Sousa Archives and Center for American Music Urbana Champaign Champaign-Urbana Metropolitan Area Music Exhibits about American music from its collections
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center Whittington Franklin Southern Art Satellite gallery of the Illinois State Museum
Southern Illinois University Carbondale University Museum Carbondale Jackson Southern Art, Science & Humanities Located in Faner Hall (SIUC) Homepage
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville ADW Gallery Edwardsville Madison Metro-East Art Located in the Art & Design West building Homepage
Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership Chicago Cook Chicago area Religious Exhibits on Jewish culture and history
Spring Valley Historic Association Museum Spring Valley Bureau Northern Illinois Local history Homepage[44]
Spurlock Museum Urbana Champaign 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 DuPage Chicago area Historic site Operated by the Glen Ellyn Historical Society, 1840s wayside stagecoach inn
Starved Rock State Park Utica LaSalle Northern Illinois Multiple Visitor center exhibits about the park's natural and cultural history
St. Charles History Museum St. Charles Kane Northern Illinois Local history Homepage
Stephenson County Historical Society Museum Freeport Stephenson Northern Illinois Multiple Includes the Oscar Taylor House, one-room schoolhouse, Industrial/Arcade Toy Museum, Irish Homestead Log Cabin, arboretum Homepage
Stewart House Museum Monmouth Warren Central Historic house Birthplace of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, Victorian period house
Stockdale Soldier Citizen Museum Galesburg Knox Western Military Located in the Admiral James Stockdale VFW Building [59]
Stockton Heritage Museum Stockton Jo Daviess Northern Illinois Local history [60]
Stone Mill Museum Sandwich DeKalb Northern Illinois Local history Operated by the Sandwich Historical Society [61][62]
Streatorland Museum Streator Livingston Northern Illinois Local history Operated by the Streatorland Historical Society Homepage
Super Museum Metropolis Massac Southern Media Superman memorabilia Homepage
Swedish American Museum Chicago Cook Chicago area Cultural
Sycamore History Museum Sycamore DeKalb Northern Illinois Local history Homepage
Tampico Area Historical Museum Tampico Whiteside Northern Illinois Local history Homepage
Tarble Arts Center Charleston Cole Central Art Part of Eastern Illinois University Homepage
Teutopolis Monastery Museum Teutopolis Effingham Central Religious History of the Franscicans and other area pioneers [63]
Thomson Depot Museum Thomson Carroll Northern Illinois Railroad Railroad artifacts and pioneer items Homepage[64]
Thornton Historical Museum Thornton Cook Chicago area Local history Operated by the Village of Thornton Historical Society in a former Lutheran church [65]
Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum Rockford Winnebago Northern Illinois Historic house Victorian Swiss-style home with decorative arts and furnishings
Tiskilwa Historical Society Museum Tiskilwa Bureau Northern Illinois Local history Native American artifacts, village, military and school memorabilia, Hennepin Canal construction photos, farm implements, domestic items, railroads, churches, toys Homepage
Trailside Museum of Natural History River Forest Cook Chicago area Natural history Operated by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, live animals, focuses on area wildlife and plants Homepage
Trapshooting Hall of Fame and Museum Sparta Randolph Southern Sports Located in the Illinois Department of Natural Resources World Shooting & Recreational Complex website
Tremont Museum Tremont Tazewell Central Local history Operated by the Tremont Museum and Historical Society Homepage
Trutter Museum Springfield Sangamon Central Culture Part of Lincoln Land Community College, features art, world and cultural items Homepage
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art Chicago Cook Chicago area Art Contemporary art as a shared expression of the Ukrainian and American experience
Ukrainian National Museum Chicago Cook Chicago area Cultural Ukrainian artifacts, artwork, musical instruments and embroidered folk costumes
Ulysses S. Grant Home Galena Jo Daviess Northern Illinois Historic house Home and museum about President Ulysses S. Grant
Union County Museum Cobden Union Southern Local history Operated by the Union County Historical & Genealogy Society Homepage
Union Depot Railroad Museum Mendota LaSalle Northern Illinois Railroad Operated by the Mendota Museum & Historical Society, includes rolling stock, HO scale model of Mendota in the 1940s
Unity Temple Oak Park Cook Chicago area Historic site Church designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
University of Illinois Springfield Visual Arts Gallery Springfield Sangamon Central Art Located in the Health and Sciences Building Homepage
University of St. Francis Gallery Joliet Will Chicago area Art Homepage
University Museum, SIU Carbondale Jackson Southern Multiple Part of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Local and world connections behind the arts, humanities, and sciences Homepage
Vachel Lindsay House Springfield Sangamon Central Historic house Birthplace and home of poet Vachel Lindsay
Vandalia State House State Historic Site Vandalia Fayette Southern Historic site Restored to 1830s period
Vermilion County Museum Danville Vermilion Central Local history Includes museum and Fithian Home
Vermilion County War Museum Danville Vermilion Central Military Memorabilia and artifacts from the American Revolutionary War to the Iraq War Homepage
Veterans Educational Museum Vandalia Fayette Southern Military Military artifacts from World War I through Desert Storm Homepage
Victorian Cottage Museum Lombard DuPage Chicago area Historic house Victorian period rooms, operated by the Lombard Historical Society Homepage
Villa Kathrine Quincy Adams Western Historic house 1900 Moroccan-style home and visitor information center
Villa Park Historical Society Museum Villa Park DuPage Chicago area Local history Housed in a former depot
Volkening Heritage Farm Schaumburg Cook Chicago area Farm 1880s living farm museum Homepage
Volo Auto Museum Volo Lake Chicago area Automotive Cars from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s as well as from famous television shows and movies
Wabash County Museum Mt. Carmel Wabash Southern Local history Homepage
Wadsworth Family Gallery at Lewis University Romeoville Will Chicago area Art Visual art created by national, regional, and local artists and University artists Homepage
Wagner Farm Glenview Cook Chicago area Agriculture Historic working dairy farm, Wagner Farm Heritage Center with farming exhibits, 1930s grocery store Homepage
Warren County History Museum Monmouth Warren Northern Illinois Local history Operated by the Warren County Historical Society Homepage
Warrenville Historical Museum Warrenville DuPage Chicago area Local history Operated by the Warrenville Historical Society Homepage
Waterman Area Heritage Society Museum Waterman DeKalb Northern Illinois Local history Homepage
Waukegan History Museum Waukegan Lake Chicago area Local history Operated by the Waukegan Historical Society in the late 19th-century period Haines House Homepage
Weber House and Garden Streator LaSalle Northern Illinois Historic house 18th-century-style storybook house of Ted Weber Homepage
Weld House Museum Nauvoo Hancock Central Local history Operated by the Nauvoo Historical Society, mid-19th-century period house Homepage
West Chicago City Museum West Chicago DuPage Chicago area Local history Local history and art
West Franklin Historical Museum Mulkeytown Franklin Southern Local history Civic history of townships and communities in Western Franklin County
West Town Museum of Cultural History Maywood Cook Chicago area Local history Includes exhibits of African-American culture, Maywood and the Proviso Township area Homepage
Westclox Museum Peru LaSalle Northern Illinois Industry History of the Westclox company, its clocks and employeess Homepage
Western Illinois Museum Macomb McDonough Western Local history Homepage
Wheaton College Walford Art Galleries Wheaton DuPage Chicago area Art Three gallery spaces in Adams Hall Homepage
Wheeling Historical Society Museum Wheeling Cook Chicago area Local history Homepage
Wheels O' Time Museum Peoria Peoria Central Transportation Antique vehicles, farm equipment, tools, collectibles Homepage
Wiley House Museum Galva Henry Northern Illinois Historic house Operated by the Galva Historical Society Homepage
Will County Historical Society Museum Lockport Will Chicago area Open air Includes local history and canal museum, one-room schoolhouse, depot, 1873 farmhouse, village jail, 1830s log cabin, blacksmith's shop, and tinsmith's shop
William and Florence Schmidt Art Center Belleville St. Clair Metro-East Art Part of Southwestern Illinois College, includes paintings, photography and pre-Columbian artifacts
William Jennings Bryan Boyhood Home Salem Marion Southern Historic house Mid-19th-century house, open by appointment
William L. Gregg House Museum Westmont DuPage Chicago area Historic house Operated by the Westmont Historical Society
Williamson County Museum Marion Williamson Southern Local history Features Victorian period rooms in the former jail and sheriff's house, operated by the Williamson County Illinois Historical Society
William Tanner House Museum Aurora Kane Chicago area Historic house Antebellum Italianate-style house, owned and operated by the Aurora Historical Society
Williamsville Historical Museum Williamsville Sangamon Central Local history Constructed from two railroad boxcars [66]
Wilmette Historical Museum Wilmette Cook Chicago area Local history Operated by the Wilmette Historical Society Homepage
Winnetka Historical Society Museum Winnetka Cook Chicago area Local history Homepage
Winslow Historical Society Museum Winslow Stephenson Chicago area Local history [67]
WIU Art Gallery Macomb McDonough Western Art Part of Western Illinois University Homepage
WIU Geology Museum Macomb McDonough Western Natural history Part of Western Illinois University, first floor of Tillman Hall Homepage
Wonder Works Oak Park Cook Chicago area Children's
Woodlawn Farm Jacksonville Morgan Central Historic house 1840s house, part of the Underground Railroad
World Aerospace Museum Quincy Adams Western Aviation Aircraft from former Soviet countries, open by appointment Homepage
Worth Historical Museum Worth Cook Chicago area Local history Operated by the Worth Park District Homepage
Wyanet Historical Society Museum Wyanet Bureau Northern Illinois Local history [34][44]
Wyatt Earp Birthplace Monmouth Warren Central Historic house Birthplace of lawman Wyatt Earp
Yesterday's Farm Museum Wood Dale DuPage Chicago area Farm Operated by the Wood Dale Historical Society, 1850s farm [68][69]

Defunct museums[edit]

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References[edit]

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