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Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
2320 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
Cook, Region: 5
W-Su 12-4pm. $5 Suggested Donation $5. Concerts $15 and up.
Five exhibits per year in main gallery. Two galleries house permanent collection. Classical and modern music concerts, literary evenings and lectures.
Mr. Oleh Kowerko, President

Ukrainian National Museum
2249 W Superior St
Chicago, IL 60612
Cook, Region: 5
Th-Su 11-4pm, M-W by appt.
$5 Suggested Donation.
Ukranian folk art, costumes, and artifacts that exemplify Ukrainian culture and history.
Jaroslaw J Hankewych, President

University Museum (SIU-C)
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
SIUC-Mail Code 4508
1000 Faner Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901
Jackson, Region: 1
Tu-F 10-4pm, Sa 1-4pm. Free.
60,000 object collection focusing on the arts, humanities, and sciences. Both in-house and outside exhibits. Regular programming for young people. Museum Studies Minor (undergraduate) and Master of Public Administration – Museum emphasis (graduate degree).
Dr. Dona Bachman, Museum Director/Museum Studies Program

University Museum (SIU-E)
Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1150
Madison, Region: 3
M-F 10-4:30pm, M, W 7-9pm, Sa 1-3pm.
Louis Sullivan architectural ornament, art collections: painting, sculpture, drawing.
Eric Barnett

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Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
603 S 5th St
Springfield, IL 62701
Sangamon, Region: 3
Hours are seasonal. Please call.
Suggested Donation $2 Adults, $1 Children.
Tours of the restored 1840s/1890s Lindsay family home. Lindsay’s fame at its highest in early years of 1900, his work, art, poetry, and prose is discussed. Lindsay was born and died in this home.
Jennie Battles, Site Administrator

Vandalia Statehouse State Historic Site
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
315 W Gallatin
Vandalia, IL 62471
Fayette, Region: 3
Hours are seasonal. Please call.
Suggested Donation $2 Adults, $1 Children.
Oldest capitol building in Illinois, furnished with period pieces. Monumental issues such as slavery were debated by some of Illinois’ most famous legislators, A. Lincoln and S. Douglas. Grand Levee annual event.
Steve Riddle, Site Manager

Vermilion Co Conservation District Museum
22296-A Henning Rd
Danville, IL 61834
Vermilion, Region: 2
Visitor Center: M-F 8-4:30pm; May-Oct: M-F 8-4:30pm, Sa-Su 12-4pm. Call for more information on hours at various facilities. Free.
Natural history and historical interpretation via Visitor center, Bunker Hill historic area, Reddy Arboretum, Westfall Prairie, Sycamore Hollow nature center, tree research area, and pioneer homestead.
Ken Konsis, Director

Vermilion County Museum
116 N Gilbert St
Danville, IL 61832-8506
Vermilion, Region: 2
Tu-Sa 10-5pm. Closed holidays.
$2.50 Adults, $4 for both sites, $1 Students (13-17), 12 and under free.
A Lincoln site on the National Register with emphasis on local history.
Sue Richter, Director

Veterans Memorial Hall
211 N. Main St.
Rockford, IL 61101
Winnebago, Region 4
Hours, M-F, 9:00am-4:00pm and by special arrangement
Interpreting the military contributions to US history by Winnebago County residents. As a GAR hall, collections span the 100+-year history. Displays, programs, and rentals available
Leah Nelson
815/969-1999 fax: 815/969-1998

Villa Park Historical Museum
220 S Villa
Villa Park, IL 60181-2656
DuPage, Region: 5
Apr-Dec: Tu-F 2-6pm, Sa, Su 10-4pm.
History of Villa Park, Chicago, Aurora, and Elgin RR, Ovaltine, Sears Roebuck mail order houses.
Gail McGrew, President

Village of Bartlett Museums
Bartlett History Museum 228 S Main St
Bartlett, IL 60103
Cook, Region: 5
M-F 8:30-4:30pm, Sa 9-Noon. Free.
Changing exhibits on the history of Bartlett include artifacts, photos and documents. Special programs and workshops.
100 W. Railroad Avenue
Bartlett, IL 60103
Cook, Region 5
Pam Rohleder, Director

Village of Evergreen Park
9418 S Kedzie Ave
Evergreen Park, IL 60805
Cook, Region: 5

Village of Franklin Park "B-12 Tower"
9500 Belmont
Franklin Park, IL 60131
Cook, Region: 5
9746 Franklin Ave
Open during "Railroad Daze" on May 20th or by appt.
Restored 100-year-old switching tower; railroad related history.
Dan Pritchett, President

Village of Thornton Historical Society
PO Box 34
Thornton, IL 60476
Cook, Region: 5
114 N Hunter St
May-Sep: Sa 1-4pm.
History of Thornton, Bielfeldt brewery, the world's largest limestone quarry, 1904 fire wagon, local history, library and museum.
Margaret Loitz, President

Virginia Theatre, Champaign Park District
203 W Park Ave
Champaign, IL  61820
Champaign, Region: 2
Jameel Jones, Virginia Theatre Manager

Vliet Center for Lake Bluff Area History
PO Box 250
Lake Bluff, IL 60044-0250
Lake, Region: 5
127 E Scranton Ave
Tu, Th 1-4pm, Sa 10-1pm, and by appt. Free.
Photographs, letters, village and school records, books, videos, building and home surveys, lectures, tours, and exhibits.
Janet Nelson, Curator

Volkening Heritage Farm
1111 E Schaumburg Rd
Schaumburg, IL 60194
Cook, Region: 5
201 S. Plum Grove Rd
May, Sep, Oct: Sa-Su 10-4pm;
Meml-Labor Day: Th-M 10-4pm;
Grounds/Trails: Apr-Oct: Daily 8-8pm; Nov-Mar: Daily 8-5pm.
Agricultural and German ethnic heritage of 1880s Schaumburg; agricultural and land use history of northern Illinois.

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Wabash County Museum
PO Box 512
Mt. Carmel, IL 62863-0512
Wabash, Region: 1
320 N Market St
Tu, Th, Su 2-5pm; Seasonally: Sa 2-5pm. $3 Adults, $1 Children.
Local history and culture timeline, research library, music room, Brace Beemer/Lone Ranger exhibits, medical equipment, historic clothing, and photos.
Claudia Dant, President

Warren County Historical Society and Museum
PO Box 586
Monmouth, IL  61462
1046 140th Ave
Warren, Region: 3
John Twomey

Warrenville Historical Museum
Warrenville Historical Society
PO Box 311
Warrenville, IL 60555-0311
DuPage, Region: 5
35 530 2nd St
Sep-Nov/Jan-May: Su 1-4pm; Jun-Aug: Su, W 1-4pm. Closed holidays. Donations welcome.
Located in an 1850s Greek Revival Methodist Church; collections include Native American artifacts, WWII exhibit, local history; art gallery includes the paintings of local artists such as Adam Albright; CA & E Railroad exhibit.
Carolyn Wondrow, President

Washington Historical Society
PO Box 54
Washington, IL 61571
Tazewell, Region: 3
105 Zinser Place
W, Th, Sa 10-1pm, F 10-4pm, and by appt. Donations welcome.
Housed in the Zinser mansion built in 1858 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Collections include photos, community, and business history.
Carol Dorward, Collections Manager

Washington Park Botanical Garden
1740 W. Fayette Ave.
Springfield, IL 62704
Sangamon, Region: 3
M-F 12-4pm, S-S 12-5pm. Park & grounds are open from dawn to 10:30pm.
Nestled in Springfield's historic Washington Park, the Washington Park Botanical Garden covers 20 of the park's 150 acres. The 'living' museum, situated on the northwest side of the park, has something to offer visitors year round—from plant enjoyment and floral shows to educational tours and workshops. The winding paved pathways take visitors around and allow them to enjoy the color and frangtrance of numerous flower gardens, the tranquil calming sounds of the many fountains, the refreshing shade of majestic trees, and the tropical atmosphere of the Conservatory.
Chad Scaife, Director
Botanical Garden, Nature Center

Waterloo Museum Society
PO Box 28
Waterloo, IL  62298 
724 Elaine Dr
Monroe, Region: 1
Norma Reheis, Secretary

Waterman Area Heritage Society
PO Box 265
Waterman, IL 60556-0265
DeKalb, Region: 4
Bernice Kirkus

Waukegan History Museum
1917 N Sheridan Rd
Waukegan, IL  60087-5131
39 Jack Benny Dr, 60087
Lake, Region: 5
Tu-Sa 9-5pm; Free
Victorian House museum.

West Chicago City Museum
132 Main St
West Chicago, IL 60185-2835
DuPage, Region: 5
Tu-F 10:30-3:30pm, Sa 12-3pm. Free.
Exhibits focus on community’s four main ethnic groups English, Irish, German, and Mexican highlighting the experiences and stories of their journey to a new land.
New Exhibit is All Aboard: West Chicago Depot History. Explore the history of West chicago's train stations as well as the importance of the early depot as a community communication center. Historic photos, artifacts, and a kid's play room are all part of this exhibit.

West Chicago Historical Society
PO Box 246
West Chicago, IL 60185-0246
DuPage, Region: 5
Kruse House Museum: 527 Main St
May-Sep: Sa 11-3pm.
1917 four-square house museum depicts lifestyle of railroad family.
Merle Burleigh

Western Illinois Museum
201 S Lafayette
Macomb, IL 61455
McDonough, Region: 3
Tu-Sa 10-4pm.
Free, donations welcome.
General history of west-central Illinois, in particularly the area of the Illinois Military Tract, with artifact collections spanning ancient Native Americans, colonial fur trappers, early settlement of Illinois, and the Civil War through the 20th century.
Daniel Smith, Curator

Western Illinois University Art Museum
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455
McDonough, Region: 3
John Graham

Western Springs Historical Society
PO Box 139
Western Springs, IL 60558
Cook, Region: 5
Sa 11-1pm and by appt.
Displaying and preserving material evidence of lifestyles of settled families in the area.
Alan Gornik, Archives Manager

Westmont Historical Society
75 E Richmond St
Westmont, IL  60559
117 S Linden Ave
DuPage, Region: 5
William Gregg House Museum
Su & W 1-3pm
Alice Krampits

Wheeling Historical Society Museum
PO Box 3
Wheeling, IL 60090
Cook, Region: 5
251 N Wolf Rd
Mar-Oct: Su 2-4pm, closed holidays.
History and research of Wheeling.

Wheels O' Time Museum
PO Box 9636
Peoria, IL 61612-9636
Peoria, Region: 3
11923 N Knoxville Ave
May-Oct: W-Su 12-5pm.
Antique vehicles, bicycles, toys, clocks, tools, and trains. Many examples of local industry.
Gary Bragg, President
309/243-5616 call first

Whistle Stop Depot Museum
Brown County Historical Society
Brown County Fairgrounds
Mt. Sterling, IL 62353
Brown, Region: 3
David K. Slocum

White County Historical Society
PO Box 121
Carmi, IL 62821-0121
White, Region: 1
Society: 203 N Church St
L. Haas Store: 219 E Main St
Matsel Cabin: 304 E Robinson St
Ratcliff Inn: 218 E Main St
Robinson-Stewart House:
110 S Main

Tu-F 11:30-4:30pm and by appt.
Four museums: 1828 stage coach inn - Ratcliff Inn; 1814 Clapboard sided log home with original 1835-1880s furnishings - Robinson Stewart House; L. Maas Museum with general exhibits; Matsel Log Cabin, 1853; genealogy library.
Marjorie Fechtig, President

Will County Historical Society Museum
803 S State St
Lockport, IL 60441
Will, Region: 5
Will County History Museum
Wed-Sun 12-4pm. Closed Monday, Tuesday, and all major holidays.
Located in the original (1837) I & M Canal office; Illinois and Michigan Canal history; Will County history.
Lynn M. Smaczny, Ex. Dir.

William & Florence Schmidt Art Center
Southwestern Illinois College
2500 Carlyle Ave
Belleville, IL 62221
St. Clair, Region: 1
Monday and Tuesday, 9am-3pm, Wednesday 9am-5pm, Thursday 9am-8pm, Friday and Saturday 11am-5pm.
Free admission
Changing exhibits of visual images, works by local and national artists, selected traveling exhibits, lectures, and performances.
Jessica Mannisi, Curatorial Assistant

Wilmette Historical Museum
609 Ridge Rd
Wilmette, IL 60091-2441
Cook, Region: 5
Su-Th 1-4:30pm.
Donations welcome.
History of Wilmette, Gross Point, and the North Shore; programs; research library; housed in 1896 former Gross Point Village Hall.
Kathy Hussey-Arntson, Director

Windmill Cultural Center and Dutch Windmill
415 11th Avenue
Corner of 10th Ave and 1st Street
Fulton, Il 61252
Whiteside, Region 4
May: Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 1pm-5pm/Memorial Day through Labor Day Mon.-Sat. 10am-5p m., Sun. 1-5pm/September M-F 10am-3pm, Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 1-5pm
Handmade European windmill model collection, interactive education room, and gift shop are all housed in the Windmill Cultural Center. Twnty-one mill models fron ten European countries tell the story of windmill types and products produced. Temporary exhibits are displayed May through October. Education programs featuring a wide array of topics are held once a month. An authentic and fully operational Dutch windmill is located across the street from the Windmill Cultural Center overlooking the Mississippi River.
Heather Bennett
815/589-4545 fax: 815/589-4421

Winnetka Historical Society Museum
PO Box 365
Winnetka, IL 60093
Cook, Region: 5
411 Linden St
Schmidt-Burnham Log House: 1140 Willow Rd

Tu, Th, Su 1-4pm. Main site free, $5 for Log House.
Promotes awareness of Winnetka’s heritage through a collection of over 20,000 artifacts, public access to research center, and many exhibits, programs, and publications. Civil War era house museum with log cabin under restoration.
Maura Rogan, Ex Director

Wonder Works, A Childrens Museum in Oak Park
6445 W North Ave
Oak Park, IL 60302
Cook, Region: 5
W-Sa 10-5pm, Su 12-5pm. $5 per person, under 1 year free.
Children’s museum focusing on hands-on creative exploration. Five exhibits include Lights, Camera, Action, a child-size stage; Build It features building materials of all shapes and sizes; The Great Outdoors featrues a treehouse; Farm to Market has fruit trees to be picked; and North Ave Art features a fully equipped art room.
Elizabeth Smith, Ex Director

Wood Dale Historical Society
PO Box 13
Wood Dale, IL 60191
DuPage, Region: 5
Yesterday’s Farm Museum: 850 N Wood Dale Rd
Su, W 1-4pm, 3rd M on month 7-8pm. $2 Adults, $2 Children.
Collection includes clothing, furniture, and household items from the 1800s, 1920s, and 1940s. 1840s farmhouse and barns as well as farm machinery, implements, and tools. Programs include Harvest Fest, Ghost Stories in the Barn, and Holiday on the Farm. School programs.
Ann Morong, Curator

Wood River Museum
Wood River Heritage Council
PO Box 222
Wood River, IL 62095-0222
40 W Ferguson
Madison, Region: 3
40 W Ferguson
Th, F 1-4pm, Sa 10-4pm. $2.
Collections include local history items, tours of historic chapel, Camp Dubois where Lewis and Clark spent the winter of 1804, historic cemetery, Revolutionary War.
Esther Eberhart, President

Worth Historical Museum
Worth Park District
11500 S Beloit Ave
Worth, IL 60482
Cook, Region: 5
M-F 9-6pm. Free.
Photos, artifacts, newspapers, and old maps of Worth area. Resource center for research.
Colleen McElroy, Curator
708/448-7080 x107

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