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Cahokia Courthouse State Historic Site
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
107 Elm St
Cahokia, IL 62206
St. Clair, Region: 1
Hours are seasonal. Please call the site.
Suggested Donation $2 Adults, $1 Children.
The 1740 building served as a private home, a seat of American government, and post office on the American frontier.
Jeff Winter, Site Manager

Cahokia Mounds Museum Society
30 Ramey St
Collinsville, IL 62234
St. Clair, Region: 1
CMMS is the not-for-profit support group for Cahokia Mounds State Historic site. the Society is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and development of the site. CMMS also operates the Museum Gift shop, publishes a quarterly magazine, the Cahokian, and sponsors most events and programs at Cahokia Mounds, including archaeologial research and land acquisition. Hours are the same as Cahokia Mounds Interpretive Center.
Lori Belknap, Executive Director
Linda Krieg, gift shop manager

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
Historic Site
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
30 Ramey St
Collinsville, IL 62234
Madison and St. Clair, Region: 3/1
Hours: May-October, 9-5, 7 days a week; November-April, closed Monday and Tuesday. Subject to change; please dall or check Website. Grounds open 8am to dusk.
Suggested Donation $4 Adults, $2 Children, $10 family.
Largest prehistoric Native American site in the United States; interpretive center/museum; archaeology, interpretive and hiking trails, reconstructed woodhenge; self-guided and seasonal guided tours, gift shop; public events and programs year round.
Mark Esarey, Site Manager

Calumet City Historical Society
PO Box 1917
Calumet City, IL 60409
Cook, Region: 5
760 Wentworth Ave
Every 2nd Sa 1-4pm, Th 1-4pm. General meetings every 2nd F 1pm.
Free, except small donation on Log Cabin Heritage Day.
Calumet City history, exhibits, old post office and kitchen, farm implements. 1836 Log Cabin in Veteran’s Park with annual Heritage Day celebration including pioneer demonstrations, historic foods and entertainment, tours and quilt raffle.
Sue Warner, President

Campbell Ctr for Historical Preservation Studies
203 E Seminary St
Mt. Carroll, IL 61053
Carroll, Region: 4
M-F 9-5pm.
Continuing education in historic preservation and collections.
Kathy Cyr

Carl Sandburg State Historic Site

Historic Site
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
313 E 3rd St
Galesburg, IL 61401
Knox, Region: 3
Hours are seasonal. Please call.
Suggested Donation $2 Adults, $1 Children.
Birthplace of Pulitzer Prize-winning author & Lincoln biographer, Carl Sandburg. The ashes of Sandburg & his wife are inferred on the site.
Martha Downey, Site Manager

Catharine V. Yost Museum & Arts Center
Livingston County Historical Society
298 Water St
Pontiac, IL  61764
Livingston, Region: 2
May-Dec: Sa1-4pm; by appt; Donation
Queen Anne style upper middle class home representative of family life in the late 1800s & early 1900s.  Nearly all of the Yost family possessions remain in the house.
Linda Dionne, Chair

Catlin Heritage Museum
Catlin Historical Society
PO Box 658
Catlin, IL  61817
Vermilion, Region: 2

Cedarhurst Center for the Arts
Richview Road
PO Box 923
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Jefferson, Region: 1
Tu-Sa, 10 am-5 pm; Sunday, 1-5 pm
Free although some programs and special events may require a fee.
Nestled on a 90-acre site in southern Illinois, Cedarhurst celebrates the arts year-round with exciting visual and performing arts programs for the public. Explore rolling meadows and woods, home to Cedarhurst Sculpture Park, the museum's outdoor gallery with over 60 large-scale sculptures. Visit the Mitchell Museum with contemporary art exhibitions in two galleries, including the Children's Gallery. Enjoy works by Mary Cassatt, Maurice Prendergast, Childe Hassam and more, part of the museum's American painting collection acquired by founders John R. and Eleanor R. Mitchell.
P: 618.242.1236

Cedarville Historical Museum
Cedarville Area Historical Society
PO Box 336
Cedarville, IL 61013
Stephenson, Region: 4
450 W 2nd St
May-Oct: Sa-Su 1-4pm and by appt. $2 Suggested Donation.
Local history collection featuring items, documents, and photos dealing with Cedarville native Jane Addams. Six education programs conducted each season. February lunch, Memorial Day picnic, and Jane Addams festival in Sep.
Jim Bade, President

Centralia Area Historical Society & Museum
PO Box 1343
Centralia, IL 62801-1343
Marion, Region: 1
240 S Locust St
W, F, Sa 10-4pm. Free.
History of Centralia area featuring railroads, industry, politics, and community.

Champaign County Historical Museum
102 E University Ave
Champaign, IL 61820-4111
Champaign, Region: 2
Champaign County history.
Harold Balbach and Susanne Wood, Co-Presidents
217/ 356-1010
217/ 356-1478

Chanute Air Museum
Octave Chanute Aerospace Heritage Foundation
1011 Pacesetter Dr
Rantoul, IL 61866
Champaign, Region: 2
M-Sa 10-5pm, Su 12-5pm. $10 Adults, $8 Seniors 62 and up
Military retired or active, $5 K-12 Students, Under 4 free. Over 3,000 artifacts, 3,600 library volumes, and over 100,000 photos. Fly-ins and buses welcome.

Chatham Railroad Museum
100 N State St
Chatham, IL 62629
Sangamon, Region: 3
2nd and 4th Su 2-4pm, except on holidays. Donations welcome.
Collection housed in 1902 era depot includes nearly 9,000 items reflecting the history of area and national railroads. Artifacts from the mid-1800s show transportation of passenger and freight railroads. Station agent’s office.
William Shannon, President

Chicago Cultural Alliance
70 E. Lake St., Ste. 1200
Chicago, IL 60601
Cook, Region: 5
M-F, 9:00-4:00
Consortium of Chicago's Ethnic Museums and cultural centers committed to promoting social change and public understanding of cultural diversity.
Jen Reinhardt, Programs Associate

Chicago History Museum
1601 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614-6038
Cook, Region: 5
M-W, F-Sa 9:30-4:30pm, Th 9:30-8pm, Su 12-5pm; Research Center: Tu-Th 1-4pm, F-Sa 10-4pm. $14 Adults non-resident, $12 Adults resident, $8 Children(6-12) non-resident, $6 Children resident.
CHM has a collection of more than 22 million artifacts and documents that reflect American history to 1870 and Chicago history from the 17th century to the present. It is both a museum and research center and offers adult, family, student, and teacher educational programs.
Russell Lewis, Ex Vice President and Chief Historian

Chicago Maritime Society
310 S. Racine
Chicago, IL 60607
Cook, Region: 5
Thatcher Wallie, Jr.

Chicagoland Historical Bus Museum
PO Box 6203
Aurora, IL 60598-6203
DuPage, Region: 5
9901 S Sayer Avenue, Chicago Ridge
May-Sep: Sa-Su 9-5pm. Varies.
Exhibits and programs demonstrate the vital role bus transportation has played in the growth of the Chicago area as well as the U.S.; preservation and restoration of buses, bus equipment and artifacts. Exhibits provide an interactive, educational experience for visitors of all ages.
John LeBeau, President

Children's Discovery Museum
101 E. Beaufort
Normal, IL 61761
McLean, Region: 2
Tu-W 9-5pm, Th-F, 9-8pm, Sa 9-5pm, Su 1-5pm; Jun-Aug: M 9-5pm. $4 per person.
Three-story children’s museum filled to the brim with amazing hands-on exhibits including a two-story climbing structure, paint wall, art studio, water table, and more. Also offer educational programs, day camps, family events, and birthday parties. The Museum nurtures the love of learning through the power of play.
Museum Manager

Children's Museum at Edwardsville
722 Holyoake Rd
Edwardsville, IL 62025-0194
Madison, Region: 3
Tu, F, Sa 10-3:30pm. $3 All over 1 year.
A hands-on experiential learning environment for children from 1 to 8 years of age and adult caregiver where exhibits and programs are designed to stimulate curiosity and motivate learning. The museum offers field trips, birthday parties, programs, summer camp, a toddler program, membership and volunteer opportunities.
Lisa Leehy, Director

Children's Museum in Oak Lawn
9600 East Shore Drive
Oaklawn, IL 60453
Cook, Region: 5
Summer: W-Sa 10-3pm, Tu 10-7pm. $3.50 Adults, $3 Children.
Nine interactive exhibits featuring a playstore, art and craft center, water table, parascopes, wildlife, puppet theatre, treehouse books, puzzles, games, toys, and more.
Adam Woodworth

Children's Museum of Illinois
55 S Country Club Rd
Decatur, IL 62521
Macon, Region: 2
Tu-F 9:30-4:30pm, Sa 10-5pm, Su 1-5pm. Open M from Meml Day-Labor Day. $3.50 2 years and up.
Two floors of hands-on activities for all types of learners. Discovery workshops during school year for school, homeschool, and community groups. Summer day camps.
Melinda T. Shaw, Director

Chillicothe Historical Society
PO Box 181
Chillicothce, IL 61523
Peoria, Region: 3
Railroad Museum: 723 N 4th St
Rock Island Depot: Cedar and 3rd Sts
1st Su of the month 1-4pm, W 1-4pm, and by appt. Tours welcome. Donations welcome.
Handicap accessible Colonial Revival building with cottage. Collections include large military, police, fire, and rescue section; wildlife and agriculture; Native Americans and prehistory of the area; schoolroom, antique textiles and clothing, business history, and artifacts from Chillicothe. Historic wood frame depot and caboose house collection of Sante Fe RR and Rock Island RR memoribilia. Original ticket counter complete with ticket agent; baggage room has fully operational model railroad.
Linda Herron, Correspondent

Chippiannock Cemetery Heritage Fdtn
2901 12th St
Rock Island, IL 61201
Rock Island, Region: 4
Greg Vogele

Christian County Historical Society & Museum
PO Box 254
Taylorville, IL 62568
Christian, Region: 3
Rte 29 & 48
Apr-Nov: W-Sa 10-4pm, Su 1-4pm; Dec-Mar: Sa 10-4pm.
Research and education, historical preservation and interpretation.
Ann Kramer, President

Clarendon Hills Historical Society
7 N. Prospect
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514
DuPage, Region: 5
Judith Van Zanten

Clark County Historical Society Museum
502 S. Fourth St.
Marshall, IL
Clark. Region: 2
Dwight Connelly, President
Mailing address: 14026 N. Ridgelawn Rd.
Martinsville, IL 62442

Clarke House Museum
1827 S. Indiana Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616
Cook Region: 5
Historic House
Open year-round; Wed-Sun 12pm and 2pm tours. All tours begin at Glessner House, 1800 S. Prairie Ave.
Free admission on Wednesdays: Reservations must be made in person on day of tour. First come, first serve. Limit 15.
Tours of Clarke House- Admission: Adult $10, Students/Seniors $9, Children 5-12, $6, no charge for children under 5.
Combined Tours of Clarke and Glessner House Museums- Adults $15, Students/Seniors $12, Children 5-12 $8, no charge for children under 5.
Oldest surviving building in the original Chicago city limits, built 1836. House museum interprets the life of the Clarke family during the period 1853-1860. Collections include nineteenth-century houselod furnishing, clothing, artwork, and Native American artifacts. Chrimes-Walter family archives (second owners) include photographs and personal items. Seasonal and family programming. Handicapped accessible.
Becky LaBarre, Assistant Curator
Mailing address: 1800 S. Prairie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616
Collections Inquiries: 312/745-0040

Collinsville Historical Museum
406 W Main St
Collinsville, IL 62234
St. Clair, Region: 1
Tu-Th 11am - 3pm; Fr & Sa 12pm- 4pm; Special Hours for Groups by Appointment
Admission: Free
Objects, writings, newspapers and journals, clothing, and memoribilia pertaining to the first settlers, founders, and families of Collinsville and region. School tours and exhibits.
Floyd Sperino, Curator
Cary Harvengt, Manager


Colonel Davenport Home
PO Box 4603
Rock Island, IL 61204-4603
Rock Island, Region: 4
Arsenal Island, Rock Island Arsenal
May-Oct: Th-Su 12-4pm and by appt. $5 per person, $10 per family.
Tours of 1833 home cover the roles of Col Davenport as provisioner to Fort Armstrong, fur trade exhibit 1830-1850, treasure trunks for local schools, and river history.
Jessica Waytenick, board member

Cosley Zoo
Wheaton Park District
1356 Gary Ave
Wheaton, IL 60187
DuPage, Region: 5
Apr-Oct: daily 9-5pm; Nov, Jan-Mar: daily 9-4pm; Dec: daily 9-9pm. Closed holidays.
Donations welcome $2-$5.
Zoo is dedicated to education, conservation, and recreation. Native Illinois wildlife and domestic farm animals; educational programs; gift shop; birthday parties, facility rental, and animal campts.
Susan Wahlgren, Zoo Director

Crawford County Historical Society
PO Box 554
Robinson, IL 62454
Crawford, Region: 2
Su 2-4pm and by appt.
Local history, genealogy, pioneers, agriculture, historic museum.
Sue Jones, Secretary

Crystal Lake Historical Society
Colonel Palmer House
PO Box 1151
Crystal Lake, IL 60039-1151
McHenry, Region: 5
Rte 176 at Terra Cotta Rd
Colonel Palmer House is the only structure in Crystal Lake listed on the National Register. Extensive research and archival materials relating to local history.
Diana L. Kenney, President

Crystal Lake Park District
1 E Crystal Lake Ave
Crystal Lake, IL  60014 
330 N. Main St.
McHenry, Region: 5
Nov-Apr: M-F 8:30am-5pm, Sa 12-5pm; Apr-Oct: M-F 9am-4pm, Sa 12-4pm; Mem Day-Lab Day: Su 12-5pm; Suggested donation $1
Family friendly, games, puppets, live animals, books exhibits,etc.  Jun-Oct:  butterfly house, Jan-Apr: reptile house
Ann Viger
815/459-0680 205

Cumberland County Historical & Genealogical Society
216 Cumberland St
PO Box 582
Greenup, IL 62428
Cumberland, Region: 2
Gerald L. Roll, President

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Custom House
PO Box 151
1400 W. Washington
Cairo, IL 62914
Alexander, Region: 1

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Dana Thomas House State Historic Site
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
301 E Lawrence Ave
Springfield, IL 62703
Sangamon, Region: 3
Hours are seasonal. Please call.
Suggested Donation $3 Adults, $1 Children.
An outstanding example of early Prairie-period residential work of Frank Lloyd Wright. Designed and built 1902-1904, the house retains all original windows and art glass doors, over 200 art glass light fixtures and scones, as well as virtually all original Wright-designed oak furniture and decorative arts.
Justin Blandford, Site Manager

Danville Junction RR Museum
PO Box 1013
Danville, IL 61834-1013
Vermilion, Region: 2
210 E Benton St, Rossville
Meml Day-Labor Day: Sa-Su 12-4pm.
Railroad history.

Darien Historical Society
7422 Cass Ave
Darien, IL 60561
DuPage, Region: 5

David Davis Mansion State Historic Site
State Historic Site
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
1000 E Monroe
Bloomington, IL 61701
McLean, Region: 2
Hours are seasonal. Please call.
Suggested Donation $2 Adults, $1 Children.
1872 house museum and home of Judge David Davis and his wife Sarah. Mid-Victorian social and cultural history, Judge Davis and Lincoln, domestic life, decorative arts and architecture, costumes and textiles, archaeology, and photographs.
Marcia Young, Site Manager

Decatur Public Library
130 N. Franklin St.
Decatur, IL 62523
Macon. Region: 2
Lee Ann Fisher, City Librarian

DeMoulin Museum
110 W. Main
PO Box 243
Greenville, IL  62246
Bond, Region: 3
Hours are Friday 1-3pm, Saturday, 10am-2pm and Sunday 2-4pm (March through November) Open Saturdays 10am-2pm (December through February only)
Admission by donation
Dedicated to the founders, employees, and products of the DeMoulin Bros. company, founded in 1892 as a manufacturer of regalia and initiation devices for fraternal lodges. Today they are one of the world's leading manufacturers of band uniforms. Artifacts, photos, and documents tell the story. Highlighted by original early 20th century lodge initiation devices.
John E. Goldsmith, curator

DePaul University Art Gallery
DePaul University
2350 N Kenmore Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
Cook, Region: 5
M-Th 11am-5pm, F 11am-7pm, Sa & Su 12-5pm
Collections include European and American paintings, drawings and sculpture, North and South American photography, and African sculpture.
Louise Lincoln, Director

Des Plaines History Center
Des Plaines Historical Society
781 Pearson St
Des Plaines, IL 60016-4506
Cook, Region: 5
M-F 9am-4pm
Located in the 1906 Benjamin F. Kinder house, exhibits chronicle the development and history of Des Plaines, and exhibits within the period rooms depict decorating trends of the early twentieth century.
Joy Matthiessen, Director

DeWitt County Museum
Charles Moore Homestead
DeWitt County Museum Association
219 E Woodlawn
Clinton, IL 61727
DeWitt, Region: 2
Tu-Sa 10am-5pm, Su 1-5pm
Restored Victorian-era C.H. Moore Mansion; farm machinery museum
Larry Buss, Manager

Dickson Mounds Museum
Illinois State Museum - Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources
10956 N Dickson Mounds Rd
Lewistown, IL 61542
Fulton, Region: 3
Natural History
Daily 8:30-5pm. Free.
Explore 12,000 years of human experience in Illinois River Valley. Site features archaeological exhibits, unique artifacts, multi-media presentations, picnic grounds, and programs.
Dr. Michael Wiant, Director

Discovery Center Museum
711 N Main St
Rockford, IL 61103-6999
Winnebago, Region: 4
M-Sa 10-5pm, Su 12-5pm. $5 Adults, $4 Children.
Mission is to provide opportunities for joyful learning and discovery through hands-on experiences in science and art. We offer special events once a month during the school year and every Friday during the summer. Live science shows, planetarium shows, classes, teacher workshops, scout badge workshops, and overnights. Lead agency in four elementary schools providing services every afternoon.
Sarah Wolf, Ex Director

Downers Grove Park District Museum
831 Maple Ave
Downers Grove, IL 60515
DuPage, Region: 5
Public tours: Su-F 1-3pm; by appt; Office & research: M-F 8:30am-4:30pm.
Local history.
Nature Center

Dr. Charles M. Wright House
PO Box 404
Altamont, IL  62411
N. Main St & W. Jackson Ave
Effingham, Region: 2
Hours Sunday 2-4pm April through October, and by appointment
Adults $5, Students $1
Tours of the 1889 hojme feature furnishings, collections, and the lives of the three generations of the Wright family who lived in the historic home. Special tours offered for students. Collections include 7000 books and items from Dr. wright's medical office.
Linda Schmidt
Historic House

Dundee Township Historical Society
426 Highland Ave
West Dundee, IL 60118-1225
Kane, Region: 5
W, Su 2-4pm and by appt.
Dundee Township history; Allan Pinkerton, detective; research library; photo collection; exhibits.
Jack Wendt, Museum Co-Chair
Fax: 847/428-6996

DuPage Children's Museum
301 N Washington St
Naperville, IL 60540
DuPage, Region: 5
Summer hours: M-F 9am-4pm, Sa 9am-5pm, Su 12-5pm
School year hours: M 9am-1pm, Tu-Th 9am-4pm, F 9am-8pm, Sa 9am-5pm, Su 12-5pm, and the third Thursday of each month, 9am-8pm
Admission: $11.00 for ages 1-59 and $10.00 for Seniors 60 and older (children under 1 year old, as always, are free).
Stimulate curiosity, creativity, thinking, and problem solving in young children through self-directed, open-ended experiences, integration of the arts, science, and math, and the child-adult learning partnership. The exhibits and programs are one of a kind, created just for this museum by interdisciplinary teams of artists, scientists, engineers, mathematicians, educators, and other experts, along with professional exhibit development staff.
Susan Broad, Executive Director

DuPage County Historical Museum
102 E Wesley St
Wheaton, IL 60187-5321
DuPage, Region: 5
M, W, F, Sa 10-4pm, Su 1-4pm. $3 Adults, $2 Seniors/Students, Children under 4 free. Explore three floors of exhibits on the area history from 1830s to the present. Exhibitions feature hundreds of artifacts and photos along with many hands-on activites for all ages. Sara Arnas, Curator
Sara Buttita, Educator

DuSable Museum African-American History
740 E 56th Pl
Chicago, IL 60637
Cook, Region: 5
M-Sa 10am-4pm; Su 12-4pm (except in winter)
Dissemination of history & culture of Africans & Americans of African descent through exhibits, programs, archives & activities.
Antoinette Wright

Dwight Historical Society Museum
119 W Main St
Dwight, IL 60420-1321
Livingston, Region: 2
Open second and fourth Saturdays (except Nov.-Dec.), 10am to 1pm and by appointment
Local history, including Keeley Institute, Frank Lloyd Wright Bank.
Mary Flott, Prsident
fax: 815/584-2107

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