List of museums in Illinois

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

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NameImageLocationRegionTypeSummaryWebsite (if no article)
A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter MuseumChicagoChicago areaAfrican AmericanContributions made by Black Americans to America's labor historyHomepage
ABA Museum of LawChicagoChicago areaLawRole of law and the legal profession in America and throughout the world
Abraham Lincoln Long Nine MuseumAthensCentralHistoric siteAudio 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 MuseumLincoln Abraham Lincoln Museum.jpgSpringfieldCentralBiographical
Addison Historical MuseumAddisonChicago areaLocal historyOperated by the Addison Historical SocietyHomepage
Adler PlanetariumAdler fg02.jpgChicagoChicago areaScience
African-American Heritage Museum and Black Veterans ArchivesAuroraChicago areaArtSculpture park dedicated to the leaders of Black American historywebsite
African American Museum of Southern IllinoisCarbondaleSouthernAfrican AmericanHomepage, Homepage
Air Classics Museum of AviationSugar GroveNorthern IllinoisAviationAircraft, vehicles, uniforms and aviation memorabilia from the 1930s to the presentHomepage
Air Combat MuseumSpringfieldCentralAviationHistoric combat aircraftHomepage
Alexis MuseumAlexisQuad CitiesLocal historyHomepage
All Wars MuseumQuincyWesternMilitaryLocated on the grounds of the Illinois Veterans Home. Displays military artifacts from the Revolutionary War to the presentHomepage
Altamont Living MuseumAltamontCentralEntertainmentHomepage
Alton Museum of History and ArtAltonMetro-EastLocal historyExhibits include world's tallest man Robert Pershing Wadlow, Piasa Bird, Lincoln–Douglas debate, American Civil War, and changing art exhibits
Amboy Depot MuseumAmboy Il Depot6.jpgAmboyNorthern IllinoisRailroadHistory of Amboy and the Illinois Central Railroad
American Farm Heritage MuseumGreenvilleSouthernAgricultureIncludes tractors and farm machineryHomepage,
American Fluorite MuseumRosiclareSouthernMiningExhibits on fluorspar mining industry, fluorite ore specimens, mining paraphernalia and photographsInformation
American Movie Palace MuseumElmhurstChicago areaEntertainmentOperated by the Theatre Historical Society of America, objects from the era of the great movie palaces in the U.S.Homepage
American Toby Jug MuseumEvanstonChicago areaDecorative artToby jug collection, open by appointmentInformation
Americana Hollywood MuseumMetropolisSouthernMediaStore and museum of Hollywood collectiblesHomepage, Further information
Anderson Mansion MuseumCarlinvilleCentralOpen airOperated by the Macoupin County Historical Society, includes Victorian house with period displays, schoolhouse and print shopHomepage
Andover Historical MuseumAndoverWesternLocal historyInformation
Aplington HousePoloNorthern IllinoisHistoric houseOperated by the Polo Historical SocietyHomepage
Apple River Fort State Historic SiteElizabeth Il Apple River Fort2.JPGElizabethNorthern IllinoisLivingRecreated 1830s fort
Arlington Heights Historical MuseumArlington HeightsChicago areaOpen airIncludes 1882 Victorian home, coach house, 1906 soda pop factory, 1908 Banta house and a replica 1830s log cabinHomepage
Art Institute of ChicagoArt Institute of Chicago Front.jpgChicagoChicago areaArt
Arts Club of Chicago20070701 Arts Club of Chicago.JPGChicagoChicago areaArtChanging exhibits of cutting edge and avant-garde art
ArtWorks Children's MuseumInglesideChicago areaChildren'sHomepage
Atlanta MuseumAtlantaCentralLocal historyHomepage
Atkinson MuseumAtkinsonWesternLocal historyInformation
Atkinson-Peek HouseMolineQuad CitiesHistoric houseOperated by the Rock Island County Historical SocietyHomepage
Augustana College Art MuseumRock IslandQuad CitiesArtPart of Augustana College
Aurora Regional Fire MuseumArfm facade.jpgAuroraChicago areaFirefighting
Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian CultureChicagoChicago areaCulturalLithuanian history, culture and art
Barb City Motorcycle MuseumDeKalbNorthern IllinoisTransportationOver 90 motorcycles on displayHomepage
Barrington Area Historical SocietyBarringtonChicago areaLocal historyLocated in Old Barrington CenterHomepage
Bartlett History MuseumBartlettChicago areaLocal historyHomepage
Batavia Depot MuseumChicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad Depot (Batavia, IL) 01.JPGBataviaNorthern IllinoisRailroadOperated by the Batavia Historical Society
Beall MansionAltonMetro-EastHistoric houseTurn of the 20th century mansion designed by world famous architect, Lucas Pfeifenberger. The former residence of Senator Edmond Beall, politician and industrialist. Located on Millionaire's Row in the Middletown Historic District. Tours by appointment. Overnight lodging, wedding and reception facilities are available.Homepage
Beardstown Historical MuseumBeardstownWesternLocal historyLocated in the courthouse with the Old Lincoln Courtroom, collection includes guns, Civil War memorabilia, and Native American artifacts.Homepage
Beardstown River MuseumBeardstownWesternMaritimeImpact of the Illinois River on the area; houses the Chamber of Commerce officeHomepage
Beith House MuseumWilliam Beith House (St. Charles, IL) 01.JPGSt. CharlesNorthern IllinoisHistoric house
Belgian Museum of the Quad CitiesMolineQuad CitiesEthnicAlso known as the Center for Belgian CultureHomepage
Beller MuseumRomeovilleChicago areaAutomotiveOpen by appointment. Displays cars, trucks and memorabiliaHomepage
Ben Winter MuseumAltamontCentralTechnologyAntique steam enginesHomepage
Benjamin Stephenson HouseBenjamin Stephenson House (front).JPGEdwardsvilleMetro-EastHistoric house
Bethalto Historical MuseumBethaltoMetro-EastLocal historyHomepage
Bethel School (Macon County, Illinois)Friends Creek TownshipCentralSchoolOperated by the Macon County Conservation DistrictHomepage
Big Rock Historical Society Crib MuseumBig RockChicago areaLocal historyHomepage
Billy Barnhart MuseumOregonNorthern IllinoisCommodityCollection includes vintage toys, collectibles, sleighs, farm equipment, and other relics of the pastInformation, Further information
Billy Graham Center MuseumWheatonChicago areaReligiousHistory of Christian evangelism in the United States, Billy Graham, missions and Christian themes
Birks MuseumDecaturCentralDecorative artsPart of Millikin UniversityHomepage
Bishop Hill State Historic SiteBishop HillWesternOpen airSite of a former Utopian community
Blackberry Farm MuseumAuroraChicago areaLivingFive museums including the Carriage House, the Farm Museum, the Early Streets Museum and the Huntoon House, Victorian eraHomepage
Blackwell History of Education MuseumDeKalbNorthern IllinoisHistoryPart of Northern Illinois University. Exhibits concern the history of American education, including a replica one-room schoolhouseHomepage
Black Hawk State Historic SiteRock IslandQuad CitiesNative AmericanIncludes John Hauberg Museum of American Indian Life and Singing Bird Nature Center
Bloomingdale Park District MuseumBloomingdaleChicago areaArtChanging local art exhibitsHomepage
Blue Island Historical MuseumBlue Island, IllinoisSouthernLocal HistoryOperated 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 MuseumBelvidereNorthern IllinoisLocal historyOperated by the Boone County Historical Society, includes 160-year-old log cabin, general store, bank, barbershop, one room school displaysHomepage
Breaking the Prairie MuseumMendotaNorthern IllinoisAgricultureOperated by the Mendota Museum & Historical Society, focus on farm family life, equipment, livestock and faithHomepage, Further information
Bretton and Black MuseumHamptonQuad CitiesLocal historyOperated by the Hampton Historical SocietyHomepage
Bronzeville Children's MuseumChicagoChicago areaChildren'sFocuses on the historical experiences of African-American children
Brunk Morgan Horse MuseumRochesterCentralHistoric houseExhibits about George Brunk, breeder of the Morgan horseHomepage
Bryant Cottage State Historic SiteBementCentralHistoric houseMiddle-class mid-19th century house
Bureau County MuseumPrincetonNorthern IllinoisHistoric houseOperated by the Bureau County Historical Society. Museum occupies two adjacent homes, Clark-Norris Home and Newell-Bryant HouseHomepage
Burpee Museum of Natural HistoryBurpee museum rockford.JPGRockfordNorthern IllinoisNatural history
Bushnell-Wheeler HouseSouth BeloitNorthern IllinoisHistoric houseInformation
Butterworth CenterButterworth Centre Ceiling.jpgMolineQuad CitiesHistoric houseFeatures antique Venetian-style ceiling paintingsHomepage
Byron Museum of HistoryByronNorthern IllinoisLocal historyHomepage
Cahokia Courthouse State Historic SiteCahokiaMetro-EastHistoric siteReconstructed frontier courthouse
Cahokia Mounds State Historic SiteCollinsvilleMetro-EastNative AmericanSite of an ancient American Indian city
Cairo Custom HouseCairoSouthernLocal historyIncludes exhibits about local African American heritage, USS Cairo (1861), prehistoric Native American artifactsInformation
Calumet City Historical Society MuseumCalumet CityChicago areaLocal historyHomepage
Camp Grant MuseumRockfordNorthern IllinoisMilitaryHistory of Camp GrantHomepage
CantignyWheatonChicago areaHistoric site1,000-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 SiteGalesburgWesternBiographicalBoyhood home and museum about poet Carl Sandburg
Catharine V. Yost House MuseumPontiacCentralHistoric houseHomepage
Catlin Heritage MuseumCatlinCentralLocal historyOperated by the Catlin Historical SocietyHomepage
Cedarhurst Center for the ArtsMt. VernonSouthernArtIncludes Mitchell Museum, Cedarhurst Sculpture Park, main gallery with changing exhibits
Cedarville Area Historical Society MuseumCedarvilleNorthern IllinoisLocal historyHomepage
Center for American ArcheologyKampsvilleCentralArcheologyPrehistory of the lower Illinois River Valley
Center for HistoryWheatonChicago areaLocal historyFormerly Wheaton History CenterHomepage
Centralia Area Historical MuseumCentraliaSouthernLocal historyHomepage
Cernan Earth and Space CenterCesc.jpgRiver GroveChicago areaAerospace
Champaign County Historical MuseumChampaignChampaign-Urbana Metropolitan AreaLocal historyHomepage
Chana SchoolOregon, Illinois Chana School 01.JPGOregonNorthern IllinoisSchool
Chaplin Creek VillageFranklin GroveNorthern IllinoisOpen airOperated by the Franklin Grove Area Historical Society. Historical restoration depicting a mid-19th century prairie settlementHomepage
Charles Gates Dawes House MuseumDawes 1.JPGEvanstonChicago areaHistoric houseAlso known as the Evanston History Center. The Evanston History Center is located in the historic Charles Gates Dawes house, built in 1894 on a two-acre Lakeshore site. The house is in the French Chateaux style and was designed by Henry Edwards-Ficken. The three-and-a-half story mansion has twenty-five rooms, six bedrooms, seven bathrooms and eleven fireplaces.
Chatham Railroad MuseumChathamCentralRailroadHomepage
Cherry Valley Historical Society MuseumCherry ValleyNorthern IllinoisLocal historyHomepage
Chester Gould-Dick Tracy MuseumWoodstockNorthern IllinoisEntertainmentComic strip artist Chester Gould and his character Dick Tracy
Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and DesignChicagoChicago areaArtArt of design in all areas of the discipline: architecture, industrial and product design, graphics and urban planning[1]
Chicago Athenaeum's International Sculpture ParkSchaumburgChicago areaArtOutdoor sculpture park on 20 acres (81,000 m2)Homepage
Chicago Children's MuseumChicagoChicago areaChildren's
Chicago Cultural CenterChicago Cultural Center.jpgChicagoChicago areaArt
Chicago History MuseumPioneer 20071025.jpgChicagoChicago areaLocal history
Children's Discovery Museum, IllinoisNormalCentralChildren'sHomepage
Children's Museum in EdwardsvilleEdwardsvilleMetro-EastChildren'sHomepage
Children's Museum in Oak LawnOak LawnChicago areaChildren'sHomepage
Children's Museum of IllinoisDecaturCentralChildren'sHomepage
Children's Neighborhood MuseumRound LakeChicago areaChildren'sHomepage
Chinese-American Museum of ChicagoChicagoChicago areaEthnicChinese-American cultural heritage of the Midwest
Clark County MuseumMarshallCentralLocal historyMcCann House, operated by the Clark County Historical SocietyHomepage
Clarke House MuseumChicagoChicago areaHistoric house1836 pre-Civil War Greek Revival house
Collinsville Historical MuseumCollinsvilleMetro-EastLocal historyHomepage
Colonel Davenport HouseRock IslandQuad CitiesHistoric houseHomepage
Colonel Palmer HouseCrystal LakeNorthern IllinoisHistoric houseOperated by the Crystal Lake Historical SocietyHomepage
Crawford County Historical Society MuseumRobinsonSouthernLocal historyHomepage
Cuneo MuseumVernon HillsChicago areaHistoric house1914 Mediterranean-style mansion with decorative arts & furnishings
Dana-Thomas HouseSpringfieldCentralHistoric housePrairie-style house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War MuseumSpringfieldCentralCivil WarHomepage
David Davis MansionBloomington Il David Davis Mansion3.JPGBloomingtonCentralHistoric house36 room Italianate villa mansion
David L. Pierce Art and History CenterAuroraChicago areaMultipleLocal history and art, operated by the City of Aurora, exhibits by the Aurora Historical Society and the Aurora Public Art Commission
Deere-Wiman HouseMolineQuad CitiesHistoric house1872 home of Charles DeereHomepage
Deerfield Historic VillageDeerfieldChicago areaOpen airOperated by the Deerfield Area Historical SocietyHomepage
DePaul University MuseumChicagoChicago areaArtPart of DePaul UniversityHomepage
Dewitt County MuseumClintonCentralOpen airIncludes the C. H. Moore Homestead, telephone exhibit and farm museum
Dickson Mounds MuseumLewistownWesternNative AmericanSatellite museum of the Illinois State Museum
Dietrich Friedrichs House MuseumMount ProspectChicago areaLocal historyOperated by the Mount Prospect Historical SocietyHomepage
Dillon Home MuseumSterling Il Dillon Home1.jpgSterlingNorthern IllinoisHistoric house
Discovery Center MuseumRockfordNorthern IllinoisChildren'sHomepage
Discovery Depot Children's MuseumGalesburgWesternChildren'sHomepage
Dixon Historic CenterDixonNorthern IllinoisLocal historyIncludes exhibits on Ronald ReaganHomepage
Donald E. Stephens Museum of HummelsRosemontChicago areaDecorative artsM.I. Hummel, ANRI and Goebel figurinesHomepage
Donley's Wild West TownUnionNorthern IllinoisHistoryWestern theme park and museumHomepage
Downers Grove Park District MuseumDowners GroveChicago areaLocal historyHomepage
Douglas County MuseumTuscolaCentralLocal historyHomepage
Dr. Charles M. Wright HouseAltamontCentralHistoric houseLate 19th century brick mansion
Dundee Township Historical Society MuseumWest DundeeChicago areaLocal historyHomepage
DuPage Children's MuseumNapervilleChicago areaChildren'sHomepage
DuPage County Historical MuseumWheatonChicago areaLocal historyOperated by the DuPage County Historical Society, county history, period displays, model railroad
DuPage Heritage GalleryWheatonChicago areaLocal historyExhibits of important local figuresHomepage
Durant House MuseumSt. CharlesNorthern IllinoisHistoric houseRestored 1840s prairie farmsteadHomepage
DuSable Museum of African American HistoryThe DuSable Museum.jpgChicagoChicago areaAfrican-AmericanHistory, art and culture of African-American DuSable residents
Early American MuseumMahometChampaign-Urbana Metropolitan AreaLocal historyOperated by the Champaign County Forest Preserve District, includes American Indian, pioneer, railroad and Black American exhibitsHomepage
Edgar Lee Masters HomePetersburgCentralBiographicalHome of poet Edgar Lee Mastersinformation
Edgewater Historical Society & MuseumChicagoChicago areaLocal historyHomepage
Edwards PlaceSpringfieldCentralHistoric houseHomepage
Eklund History CenterGlencoeChicago areaLocal historyOperated by the Glencoe Historical SocietyHomepage
Elgin Community College Visual and Performing Arts CenterElginChicago areaArtChanging exhibits in three fine arts galleries, part of Elgin Community CollegeHomepage
Elgin Historical Society and MuseumElginChicago areaLocal historyIncludes exhibits about the Elgin National Watch Company and American Indian artifactsHomepage
Elgin Public MuseumElgin Audubon Muesum.JPGElginChicago areaNatural history
Elihu Benjamin Washburne HouseGalena IL Elihu B. Washburne House1.JPGGalenaNorthern IllinoisHistoric house
Elijah Iles HouseElijah Iles House.JPGSpringfieldCentralHistoric houseIncludes Farrell and Ann Gay Museum of Springfield HistoryHomepage
Elijah P. Curtis HomeMetropolisSouthernHistoric houseinformation
Elizabeth History MuseumElizabethNorthern IllinoisLocal historyOperated by the Elizabeth Historical SocietyHomepage
Elk Grove Farmhouse MuseumElk Grove VillageChicago areaOpen airIncludes schoolhouse, farmhouse, barn, privy and chicken coopHomepage
Ellwood House and MuseumEllwoodHouse eleven.jpgDeKalbNorthern IllinoisHistoric house1879 Victorian mansion
Elmhurst Art MuseumElmhurstChicago areaArtHomepage
Elmhurst Historical MuseumElmhurstChicago areaLocal historyOperated by the Elmhurst Historical SocietyHomepage
Elsah MuseumElsahCentralLocal historyinformation
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace HomeOak ParkChicago areaBiographicalIncludes Ernest Hemingway MuseumHomepage
Ernest Hemingway MuseumOak ParkChicago areaBiographicalIncludes Ernest Hemingway Birthplace HomeHomepage
Essley-Noble MuseumAledoQuad CitiesLocal historyOperated by the Mercer County Historical SocietyHomepage
Ethnic Heritage MuseumRockfordNorthern IllinoisCultureHeritage and culture of six local immigrant groups: Irish, Italians, African-Americans, Polish, Lithuanians and HispanicsHomepage
Exploration StationBourbonnaisChicago areaChildren'sHomepage
Fabyan Villa MuseumGenevaNorthern IllinoisHistoric houseHouse redesigned by Frank Lloyd Wright, also Japanese garden, operated by the Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley
Farnsworth HouseMies van der Rohe photo Farnsworth House Plano USA 1.jpgPlanoNorthern IllinoisHistoric house1940s home designed and constructed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Fayette County MuseumVandaliaSouthernLocal historyPeriod displaysHomepage
Field Museum of Natural HistoryFieldMuseum.jpgChicagoChicago areaNatural history
Fire Museum of Greater ChicagoChicagoChicago areaFirefightingHomepage
First Division Museum at CantignyWheatonChicago areaMilitaryHistory of the 1st Infantry Division from the Revolutionary War to the present, located at Cantigny
Flagg Creek MuseumBurr RidgeChicago areaLocal historyOperated by the Flagg Creek Historical SocietyHomepage
Flagg Township MuseumRochelleNorthern IllinoisLocal historyOperated by the Flagg Township Historical Society in the former town hall
Fort de ChartresFort de Chartres powder magazine 1-02Aug07.jpgPrairie du RocherSouthernMilitaryReconstructed mid-18th century fort
Fort Hill Heritage MuseumMundeleinChicago areaLocal historyOperated by the Historical Society of Fort Hill CountryInformation
Fourth St. MuseumChillicotheQuad CitiesLocal historyOperated by the Chillicothe Historical SocietyHomepage
Fox River Trolley MuseumSouth ElginChicago areaTransportationElectric trolley cars
Fort MassacMetropolisSouthernMilitaryReconstructed fort
Frances Willard HouseEvanstonChicago areaHistoric house
Franklin Creek Grist MillFranklin GroveNorthern IllinoisMillIncludes working mill and area watershed displaysHomepage
Frank Lloyd Wright Home and StudioOak ParkChicago areaHistoric house
Freeport Arts CenterFreeportNorthern IllinoisArtAlso known as Freeport Art MuseumHomepage
Fryxell Geology MuseumRock IslandQuad CitiesNatural historyPart of Augustana College, rock, mineral and fossil specimens
Fulkerson Mansion & Farm MuseumJerseyvilleMetro-EastHistoric houseCivil War period mansion and agriculture tools and equipmentinformation
Galena History MuseumGalenaNorthern IllinoisLocal historyOperated by the Galena - Jo Daviess County Historical SocietyHomepage
Galesburg Civic Art CenterGalesburgWesternArtHomepage
Galesburg Railroad MuseumGalesburgWesternRailway
Gardner Museum of Architecture & DesignQuincy Gardner Museum.JPGQuincyWesternDesignHomepage
Garfield Farm and Inn MuseumGarfield Farm and Tavern (St. Charles, IL) 01.JPGSt. CharlesNorthern IllinoisFarm1840s period farmhouse, barn and outbuildings
Gaylord BuildingGaylordBuildingToday dscn5892.jpgLockportChicago areaLocal historyImpact of the Illinois & Michigan Canal
Geneseo Historical MuseumGeneseoWesternLocal historyOperated by the Geneseo Historical AssociationHomepage
Geneva History CenterGenevaNorthern IllinoisLocal historyOperated by the Geneva Historical SocietyHomepage
George Clayson House MuseumGeorge Clayson House (Palatine, IL) 01.JPGPalatineChicago areaLocal historyOperated by the Palatine Historical Society
George R. Letourneau Home MuseumBourbonnaisChicago areaHistoric houseOperated by the Bourbonnais Grove Historical SocietyHomepage
German Valley Historical MuseumGerman ValleyNorthern IllinoisLocal historyInformation
Glen Carbon Heritage MuseumGlen CarbonMetro-EastLocal historyHomepage
Glenview History CenterGlenviewChicago areaLocal historyOperated by the Glenview Area Historical Society, includes the 1864 Farmhouse Museum and the Hibbard Library, a replica of the Victorian coach houseHomepage
Glessner House MuseumChicagoChicago areaHistoric houseEnglish arts and crafts-style home furnishings and decorative arts
Governor Duncan MansionJacksonvilleCentralHistoric houseHomepage
Governor Oglesby MansionDecaturCentralHistoric houseOperated by the Macon County Conservation DistrictHomepage
Graham Ginestra HouseRockfordNorthern IllinoisHistoric houseInformation
Grand Army of the Republic Memorial MuseumSpringfieldCentralCivil WarInformation
Grant Hall MuseumInglesideChicago areaLocal historyOperated by the Fox Lake-Grant Township Area Historical SocietyHomepage
Graue Mill and MuseumGraue Mill, Oak Brook, IL.jpgOak BrookChicago areaMillOperating waterwheel grist mill and homestead
Grayslake Municipal Historical MuseumGrayslakeChicago areaLocal historyOperated by the Grayslake Historical SocietyHomepage
Great Lakes Naval MuseumGreat LakesChicago areaMilitaryExhibits about the life of a U.S. Navy sailor, United States Marine Corps Recruit Training and the Naval Station Great Lakes
Great Western Railroad MuseumElizabethNorthern IllinoisRailroadOperated by the Elizabeth Historical SocietyHomepage
Gregory House MuseumWhite HallCentralHistoric houseinformation
Gridley Telephone MuseumGridleyCentralTechnologyEvolution of communication services in rural IllinoisHomepage
Grosse Point LighthouseGrosse Point Lighthouse.jpgEvanstonChicago areaLighthouse
Grove National Historic LandmarkGlenviewChicago areaMultipleIncludes 1856 Gothic Revival house, log cabin, Native American longhouse, one-room schoolhouse, Grove Interpretive Center with natural history exhibits, Wetland GreenhouseHomepage
Grundy County Historical Society MuseumMorrisNorthern IllinoisLocal historyHomepage
Haines House MuseumWaukeganChicago areaLocal historyOperated by the Waukegan Historical SocietyHomepage
Hanna House MuseumFairfieldSouthernHistoric houseinformation
Hard Days Nite Bed & Breakfast & Beatles Mini-MuseumBentonSouthernBiographicalRoom where George Harrison slept when in town, includes Beatles memorabiliaHomepage
Harley-Davidson MuseumHD museum panorama.jpgDeKalbNorthern IllinoisTransportationHistory of Harley-Davidson motorcycles
Harris Agricultural MuseumAtwoodCentralAgricultureAgricultural vehicles and equipment including soil, tillage, harvesting and planting equipment. replicas of a 1920's farmstead kitchen, grain elevator office and blacksmith shopHomepage
Hawthorne Works MuseumCiceroChicago areaTechnologyPart of Morton College
Hedges StationWinfieldChicago areaLocal historyOperated by the Winfield Historical SocietyHomepage
Hegeler Carus MansionHegeler carus mansionexterior.gifLaSalleNorthern IllinoisHistoric house
Hellenic Museum and Cultural CenterChicagoChicago areaCulturalGreek history, art and culture and the Greek immigrant experienceHomepage
Henderson County MuseumRaritanWesternLocal historyInformation, Further information
Henry County Historical Society MuseumNew CastleWesternLocal historyHomepage
Henry SchoolPoloNorthern IllinoisSchoolOperated by the Polo Historical SocietyHomepage
Heritage CanyonFultonNorthern IllinoisOpen airHomepage
Heritage Farm MuseumByronNorthern IllinoisHistoric houseOpen by appointment, mid-19th century farmhouse and outbuildingsHomepage, information
Highland Park Historical Society MuseumHighland ParkChicago areaHistoric houseVictorian period house and exhibits of local historyHomepage
Hinsdale Historical Society MuseumHinsdaleChicago areaHistoric house1880s period houseHomepage
Historic Auto AttractionsFamilyTruckster.jpgRoscoeNorthern IllinoisAutomotiveExhibits include famous cars, a wide array of classic Hollywood movie memorabilia, and a section dedicated to John F. Kennedy.
Historical Society of Oak Park and River ForestOak ParkChicago areaLocal historyHomepage
Hoiles-Davis MuseumGreenvilleSouthernHistoric houseOperated by the Bond County Historical SocietyHomepage
Holt HouseMonmouthCentralHistoric houseHouse where Pi Beta Phi Fraternity was foundedHomepage
Homestead Prairie FarmDecaturCentralHistoric houseOperated by the Macon County Conservation District. Exhibits focus on rural life on the Grand Prairie of Illinois in the 1860sHomepage
Horse and Buggy MuseumBiggsvilleWesternTransportationHorse-drawn vehicles and farm equipmentHomepage
Hoosier Grove MuseumStreamwoodChicago areaSchoolOperated by the Streamwood Historical SocietyHomepage
Hull HouseUIC Hull House.JPGChicagoChicago areaHistoric housePart of University of Illinois, former settlement house and museum about Jane Addams and activities at Hull House
Hume Carnegie MuseumMendotaNorthern IllinoisLocal historyOperated by the Mendota Museum & Historical Society, includes Wild Bill Hickok collectionHomepage
Hutsonville Historical Society and Memorial VillageHutsonvilleSouthernOpen airinformation
I & M Canal MuseumLockportChicago areaOpen airOperated by the Will County Historical Society, includes local history and canal museum, one-room schoolhouse, depot, 1873 farmhouse, village jail, 1830s log cabin, blacksmith's shop, and tinsmith's shopHomepage, Further information
Illinois Amish Interpretive CenterBolingbrookChicago areaCulturalAmish religion and lifestyle including buggies, barns, homes, quilts, weddings, Anabaptist historyHomepage
Illinois Aviation MuseumArcolaChicago areaAviationCollection of restored and replica aircraft
Illinois Executive MansionSpringfieldCentralHistoric houseGovernor's official residence
Illinois Fire MuseumSpringfieldCentralFirefightingOpen by appointmentHomepage
Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education CenterSkokieChicago areaHistory
Illinois Mennonite Heritage CenterMetamoraWesternOpen airHomepage
Illinois Oil Field MuseumOblongSouthernIndustryHomepage
Illinois Railway MuseumEMD E5 at IRM.jpgUnionNorthern IllinoisRailway
Illinois State CapitolIllinoiscapitol2.jpgSpringfieldCentralHistoric site
Illinois State Military MuseumSpringfieldCentralMilitaryHomepage
Illinois State MuseumSpringfieldCentralNatural historyState history, culture and art
Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation and MuseumSpringfieldCentralLaw enforcementUniforms, badges, photographs, vintage squad carsHomepage
Ingrams Pioneer Log Cabin VillageKinmundySouthernOpen airHomepage
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider ArtChicagoChicago areaArtIntuitive and outsider art gallery
International Museum of Surgical ScienceChicagoChicago areaMedicalOperated by the International College of Surgeons
Irish American Heritage CenterChicagoChicago areaCultural
ISM Chicago GalleryChicagoChicago areaArtSatellite gallery of the Illinois State Museum
Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and CultureChicagoChicago areaEthnicArts and culture of the Puerto Rican people and of the Puerto Ricans in Chicago
Isle a la Cache MuseumRomeovilleChicago areaHistoryFrench fur trade and Native American life
Itasca Historical Depot MuseumItascaChicago areaLocal historyHomepage
James Millikin HomesteadDecaturCentralHistoric houseHomepage
Jarrett Prairie CenterByronNorthern IllinoisNatural historyIncludes natural history museum and observatoryHomepage
Jarrot MansionNicholas Jarrot Mansion, State Route 157, Cahokia (St. Clair County, Illinois).jpgCahokiaMetro-EastHistoric houseOpened periodically for special events
Jefferson County Historical VillageMt. VernonSouthernOpen airOperated 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 shopHomepage, Photos
Jersey County Historical MuseumJerseyvilleMetro-EastHistoric houseLlocated in the Victorian Cheney Mansion, also local history exhibitsHomepage
J. H. Hawes Grain Elevator MuseumAtlantaCentralAgriculture1904 grain elevatorHomepage
John A. Logan College MuseumCartervilleSouthernLocal historySouthern Illinois’ visual arts, cultural heritage and natural history, part of John A. Logan College
John A. Logan MuseumMurphysboroSouthernBiographicalLife and impact of the Civil War generalHomepage
John Deere Historic SiteJohn Deere House11.jpgGrand DetourNorthern IllinoisHistoric houseRecreated blacksmith shop and 1836 pioneer house
John Deere PavilionMolineQuad CitiesAgricultureJohn Deere tractors and farm equipment
John C. Flanagan House MuseumPeoriaCentralHistoric houseOperated by the Peoria Historical Society
John Wood MansionQuincy J Wood House.JPGQuincyWesternHistoric houseOperated by the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County
Joliet Area Historical MuseumJolietChicago areaLocal historyIncludes life-size replica depicting the building of the Illinois Michigan Canal, period store displays, Route 66
Joseph F. Glidden Homestead & Historical CenterDeKalbNorthern IllinoisHistoric houseMid 19th century home of the inventor of barbed wire Joseph Glidden
Joseph Smith Historic SiteNauvooCentralOpen airOperated by the Community of Christ. Tour of several sites including Nauvoo House, Joseph Smith Homestead, Mansion House, Red Brick StoreHomepage
Jubilee College State Historic SitePeoriaCentralHistoric siteFormer pioneer college
Kaeser ParkHighlandMetro-EastHistoric houseOperated by the Highland Historical Society. Includes log cabin building museum, local history exhibitsHomepage
Kankakee County MuseumKankakeeNorthern IllinoisOpen airComplex includes main museum with local history exhibits, Dr. A.L. Small House, a Victorian historic house, and Taylor School HouseHomepage
Kankakee Railroad MuseumKankakeeNorthern IllinoisRailroadHomepage
Kenilworth Historical Society MuseumKenilworthChicago areaLocal historyHomepage
Kent Fuller Air Station PrairieGlenviewChicago areaNatural history32-acre (130,000 m2) tall-grass prairie and Evelyn Pease Tyner Interpretive Center with prairie environment exhibits and education programsHomepage
Kewanee Historical Society MuseumKewaneeQuad CitiesLocal historyHomepage
Kibbe Hancock Heritage MuseumCarthageCentralLocal historyHomepage
Kidzeum of Health and ScienceSpringfieldCentralChildren'sPlanned museumHomepage
Kline Creek FarmWinfieldChicago areaFarm1890s living history farm and farmhouseHomepage
Koehnline Museum of ArtDes PlainesChicago areaArtPart of Oakton Community CollegeHomepage
Kohl Children's MuseumJuly 23 2008 024 Kohl.jpgGlenviewChicago areaChildren's
Korean War National MuseumSpringfieldCentralMilitaryPlanned museum
Krannert Art MuseumUIUC Krannert Art.JPGChampaignChampaign-Urbana Metropolitan AreaArtPart of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, all periods of art from ancient Egyptian to contemporary photography
Kruse House MuseumWest ChicagoChicago areaHistoric houseOperated by the West Chicago Historical Society. 1917 period homeHomepage
L. Haas Store MuseumCarmiSouthernLocal historyOperated by the White County Historical SocietyHomepage
Labor & Industry MuseumBellevilleMetro-EastIndustryTools, photos and exhibits of local industries, businesses, workers and productsHomepage
La Grange Area Historical Society MuseumLa GrangeChicago areaLocal historyHomepage
LaHarpe Historical & Genealogical Society MuseumLa HarpeCentralLocal historyHomepage
Lake County Discovery MuseumWaucondaChicago areaMultipleLocal art, history and popular cultureHomepage
Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical SocietyLake ForestChicago areaLocal historyMuseum of local historyHomepage
Lakeview Museum of Arts & SciencesPeoriaCentralMultipleSouthwest art, folk art, decoys, science, planetarium
Lamon HouseDanvilleCentralHistoric houseOperated by the Vermilion County Museum SocietyHomepage
LaSalle County MuseumUticaNorthern IllinoisOpen airIncludes local history museum with Native American and period displays, barn with agriculture equipment, school and blacksmith shopHomepage
Latvian Folk Art MuseumChicagoChicago areaEthnicinformation
Latzer HomesteadHighlandMetro-EastHistoric houseOperated by the Highland Historical SocietyHomepage
Laura A. Sprague GalleryJolietChicago areaArtPart of Joliet Junior CollegeHomepage
Leaf River Historical MuseumLeaf RiverNorthern IllinoisLocal historyHomepage, Further information
Leather Archives and MuseumChicagoChicago areaSexLeather, fetishism, sadomasochism, and alternative sexual practices
Lederman Science CenterBataviaNorthern IllinoisScienceOperated by FermilabHomepage
Lemont Area Historical SocietyLemontChicago areaLocal historyIncludes general store, school room, stable, medical office, war relics, and other local history displays
Lena Area Historical MuseumLenaNorthern IllinoisLocal historyHomepage
Lewis and Clark State Historic SiteHartfordSouthernHistoryFirst site on the National Lewis and Clark Heritage Trail
Lincoln College MuseumLincolnCentralBiographicalPart of Lincoln CollegeHomepage
Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic SiteLernaCentralLiving1840s home of Thomas and Sarah Bush Lincoln, father and stepmother of Abraham Lincoln, living history farm
Lincoln Home National Historic SiteLincoln Home.jpgSpringfieldCentralBiographicalHome that Abraham Lincoln lived in from 1844 to 1861
Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices State Historic SiteSpringfieldCentralHistoric siteRestored to 1840s period
Lincoln's New Salem State Historic SiteNew Salem village.JPGNew SalemCentralOpen airReconstruction of the village where Abraham Lincoln lived in the 1830s
Lisle Station MuseumLisleChicago areaOpen airIncludes 19th century period displays at the Lisle Depot Museum, Netzley/Yender Farmhouse, Beaubien Tavern and blacksmith shopHomepage
Lithuanian Museum of ArtLemontChicago areaArtFine and folk art by native and emigrant Lithuanian artistsHomepage
Little Brick HouseVandaliaSouthernHistoric houseOpen by appointment, operated by the Vandalia Historical Society
Little White School MuseumOswegoNorthern IllinoisSchoolHomepage
Livingston County War MuseumPontiacCentral IllinoisMilitaryMilitary museum dedicated to honoring central Illinois veterans from World War I to presentHomepage
Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary ArtElmhurstChicago areaDecorative artsMore than 200 pieces of jade and other hard stone decorative carvings, dioramas featuring animals carved from various gem materials, rocks and mineral collectionsHomepage
Lockport GalleryLockportChicago areaArtSatellite gallery of the Illinois State Museum
Lombard Historical MuseumLombardChicago areaHistoric houseVictorian period rooms, operated by the Lombard Historical SocietyHomepage
Loveland Community House and MuseumDixonNorthern IllinoisLocal historyHistory of the newspaper and its role in the history of Dixoninformation Homepage
Loyola University Museum of ArtChicagoChicago areaArtExplores the spiritual in art from all cultures, faiths, and periods; formerly the Martin D'Arcy Museum of Art
Lyon FarmYorkvilleNorthern IllinoisOpen airOperated by the Kendall County Historical Society. Opened for special eventsHomepage
Macktown Living History Education CenterRocktonNorthern IllinoisLivingHomepage
Macon County Historical Museum and Prairie VillageDecaturCentralOpen airOperated by the Macon County Historical SocietyHomepage
Manteno Historical Society MuseumMantenoNorthern IllinoisLocal historyEarly 20th century period displaysHomepage
Marie Louise Olmstead Memorial MuseumSomonaukNorthern IllinoisLocal historyExhibit also includes natural history artifactsHomepage
Martin House MuseumFultonNorthern IllinoisLocal historyOperated by the Fulton Historical SocietyHomepage
Mary and Leigh Block Museum of ArtNU Block Museum of Art.JPGEvanstonChicago areaArtPart of Northwestern University
McConnell Area Historical Society MuseumMcConnellNorthern IllinoisLocal historyHomepage
McCormick Tribune Bridgehouse & Chicago River MuseumChicagoChicago areaHistoryNatural, social and cultural history of the Chicago RiverHomepage
McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum20070509 McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum.JPGChicagoChicago areaHistoryDedicated to the First Amendment
McDonald's MuseumMcDonalds Museum.jpgDes PlainesChicago areaFoodRecreation of the first McDonald's Restaurant
McHenry County Historical Society MuseumUnionNorthern IllinoisLocal historyPeriod displaysHomepage
McLean County Museum of HistoryBloomingtonCentralLocal historyCentral Illinois history with themes of people, politics, work and farming
McPike MansionAltonMetro-EastHistoric house
Menard County Historical Society MuseumPetersburgCentralBiographicalHome of poet Edgar Lee Mastersinformation
Metamora Courthouse State Historic SiteMetamora-Courthouse-008.jpgMetamoraWesternHistoric siteRestored to 1850s period, also includes local history exhibits
Midway Village MuseumRockfordNorthern IllinoisOpen air1890-1910 Victorian village with 24 historical buildings, costumed interpreters, local history exhibitsHomepage
Midwest Museum of Natural HistorySycamoreNorthern IllinoisNatural history
Mitchell Museum of the American IndianEvanstonChicago areaNative American
Money MuseumFederal Reserve Bank of Chicago Money Museum.jpgChicagoChicago areaNumismaticHistory of the Federal Reserve and currencies
Monticello Railway MuseumWabF71189.jpgMonticelloChampaign-Urbana Metropolitan AreaRailroad
Morrison Heritage MuseumMorrisonNorthern IllinoisLocal historyinformation
Morton Grove Historical MuseumMorton GroveChicago areaLocal historyHomepage
Mother Rudd Home MuseumGurneeChicago areaLocal historyHomepage
Motorola Museum of ElectronicsSchaumburgChicago areaScienceinformation, information, history of Motorola, electronics technology
Mount Pulaski Courthouse State Historic SiteMount PulaskiCentralHistoric siteRestored to 1850s period
Mount Pulaski Historical MuseumMount PulaskiCentralLocal historyHomepage
Moweaqua Coal Mine MuseumMoweaquaCentralMiningHomepage
Museum of Broadcast CommunicationsChicagoChicago areaMediaHistoric and contemporary radio and television content, includes National Radio Hall of Fame
Museum of Contemporary ArtMCA Chicago 060930.jpgChicagoChicago areaArt
Museum of Contemporary PhotographyMocp exterior.JPGChicagoChicago areaArt
Museum of Funeral CustomsFuneral Carriage.JPGSpringfieldCentralHistoryExhibits dealing with American funerary and mourning customs
Museum of Land SurveyingPetersburgCentralOtherInformation, Further information
Museum of Science and IndustryMuseum of Science and Industry 060409.jpgChicagoChicago areaScience
MY Garage MuseumEffinghamSouthernAutomotiveAutomotive collectibles and memorabiliaHomepage
Naper SettlementMartin-Mitchell Mansion - Naper Settlement - Naperville Illinois.jpgNapervilleChicago areaOpen air19th century historic museum village
Nathan Manilow Sculpture ParkUniversity ParkChicago areaArtOutdoor sculpture park, part of Governors State UniversityHomepage
National Fitness Hall of Fame & MuseumSycamoreNorthern IllinoisSportsHealth and fitnessHomepage
National Great Rivers MuseumEast AltonMetro-EastMaritimeOperated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, adjacent to Melvin Price Locks and DamHomepage, Further information, Photos
National Italian American Sports Hall of FameChicagoChicago areaHall of fame
National Museum of Mexican ArtMexican Art Museum.JPGChicagoChicago areaArtMexican, Latino, and Chicano art and culture
National Museum of SurveyingSpringfieldCentralScienceMuseum that houses Science on a Sphere and exhibits on surveying, north of the Old State Capitol
National Vietnam Veterans Art MuseumChicagoChicago areaArtArt produced by veterans from the Vietnam War
Naval Air Station Glenview MuseumGlenviewChicago areaAviationAviation and the history of Naval Air Station Glenview, operated by the Glenview Hangar One FoundationHomepage
Nehring GalleryDeKalbNorthern IllinoisCultureExhibits gallery of the Nehring Center for Culture and TourismHomepage
Newberry Library20070329 Newberry Library1.JPGChicagoChicago areaLibraryFree changing exhibits of art, culture and history drawn from its collections.
Niles Historical MuseumNilesChicago areaLocal historyHomepage
Northbrook History MuseumNorthbrookChicago areaLocal historyOperated by the Northbrook Historical Society. Changing exhibits of local history and re-created 1890s Shermerville home.Homepage
Norwood Park Historical Society MuseumChicagoChicago areaLocal historyPeriod displays about Norwood Park community, operated by the Norwood Park Historical Society
Norsk Scandinavian MuseumNorwayNorthern IllinoisHistoric houseInformation
Northern Illinois Fire MuseumMarengoChicago areaFirefightingPlanned museumHomepage
NIU Anthropology MuseumDeKalbNorthern IllinoisAnthropologyPart of Northern Illinois University. Previous permanent exhibits have included Ice Age, Neanderthals, primitive astronomy, and primatesHomepage
NIU Art MuseumDeKalbNorthern IllinoisArtPart of Northern Illinois UniversityHomepage
Octave Chanute Aerospace MuseumRantoulChampaign-Urbana Metropolitan AreaAviation
O'Fallon Historical Society MuseumO'FallonMetro-EastLocal historyHomepage
Ogle County Historical Society MuseumOregonNorthern IllinoisHistoric houseAlso known as the Nash Home and Museum, 1880s period houseHomepage
Old Barn MuseumNewarkChicago areaNative AmericanHomepage
Old Lincoln Courtroom & MuseumBeardstownWesternHistoric siteLocated in the courthouse with the Beardstown Historical MuseumHomepage
Old Market HouseGalena IL Old Market House1.JPGGalenaNorthern IllinoisLocal history
Old Settlers' Log CabinDixonNorthern IllinoisHistoric houseOperated by the Lee County Historical SocietyHomepage
Old State Capitol State Historic SiteEtc 450.jpgSpringfieldCentralHistoryRestored to 1860s period
Oliver Parks Telephone MuseumSpringfieldCentralTechnologyTelephones and telecommunications historyinformation
Oquawka MuseumOquawkaWesternLocal historyOpen by appointmentInformation, Further information
Oriental InstituteOrientalinstitutedoors.jpgChicagoChicago areaArchaeologyPart of the University of Chicago. Exhibits focus on history, art, and archaeology of the ancient Near East
Orpheum Children's Science MuseumChampaignChampaign-Urbana Metropolitan AreaScience
Oscar Taylor HouseFreeport Il Taylor House4.JPGFreeportNorthern IllinoisHistoric houseOperated by the Stephenson County Historical Society, Victorian period home and local history displays
Ottawa Scouting MuseumOttawaNorthern IllinoisScoutingHistory and memorabilia of the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Camp Fire Guides.Homepage
Owen Lovejoy HomesteadPrincetonNorthern IllinoisHistoric houseFormer station on the Underground Railroad
Owen P. Miles MuseumMount CarrollNorthern IllinoisHistoric houseOperated by the Carroll County Historical SocietyInformation
Parkland Art GalleryChampaignChampaign-Urbana Metropolitan AreaArtPart of Parkland CollegeHomepage
Park Ridge Historical Society MuseumPark RidgeChicago areaHistoric houseLate 19th century period homeHomepage
The Parsonage MuseumQuincyWesternLocal historyOperated by the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams CountyHomepage
The Peace MuseumChicagoChicago areaArtDedicated to peace through the arts
Pearson MuseumSpringfieldCentralMedicalPart of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Showcases the history of medicine, health care, nursing, dentistry, and pharmacy from all cultures and erasHomepage
Pecatonica Heritage MuseumPecatonicaNorthern IllinoisLocal historyHomepage
Peggy Notebaert Nature MuseumChicagoChicago areaNatural history
Pettingill-Morron HousePeoriaCentralHistoric houseOperated by the Peoria Historical Society
Piatt County MuseumMonticelloChampaign-Urbana Metropolitan AreaLocal historyIncludes agricultural equipment and household items, civil war artifacts, clothing, quilts, dolls and toy trainsHomepage
Pierre Menard Home State Historic SiteEllis GroveSouthernHistoric house1810 French Creole-style home of Pierre Menard, the first lieutenant governor of Illinois
Pioneer Sholes SchoolSt. CharlesNorthern IllinoisSchoolHomepage
Pleasant HomeOak Park Il Pleasant Home10.jpgOak ParkChicago areaHistoric housePrairie style mansion
Polish Museum of America20070822 Polish Museum.JPGChicagoChicago areaEthnicPolish history, culture and art
Pope County Historical Society MuseumGolcondaSouthernLocal historyInformation
Popeye MuseumChesterSouthernLocal historyLocated in the home town of Popeye
Poplar Grove Vintage Wings & Wheels MuseumPoplar GroveNorthern IllinoisTransportationVintage aircraft, automobiles and other modes of transportation and memorabiliaHomepage
Postville Courthouse State Historic SiteEllis GroveSouthernHistoric siteReconstructed frontier courthouse
Prairie Aviation MuseumBloomingtonCentralAviationMilitary aircraftHomepage,
Prairie Grass Nature MuseumRound LakeChicago areaNatural historyHomepage
Prairie Mills WindmillGoldenWesternMillRestored Dutch smock windmill, includes Golden Museum of local history; operated by the Golden Historical SocietyHomepage
Princeville Heritage CenterPrincevilleCentralLocal historyHomepage
Pritzker Military LibraryChicagoChicago areaArtFree exhibits of military art drawn from its collections
Prophetstown Historical Society MuseumProphetstownNorthern IllinoisLocal historyInformation
Pullman Historic DistrictHotel Florence, 11111 South Forrestville Avenue, Chicago (Cook County, Illinois).jpgChicagoChicago areaHistoric site
Quincy Art CenterQuincyWesternArtHomepage
Quincy MuseumQuincy 1601 Maine.JPGQuincyWesternLocal historyIncludes period rooms, local history exhibits, store display, dinosaur roomHomepage
Raggedy Ann & Andy MuseumArcolaCentralCommodityRaggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy memorabilia, Johnny Gruelle exhibitsHomepage
Randolph County Archives and MuseumChesterSouthernLocal History
Ratcliff InnCarmiSouthernLocal historyOperated by the White County Historical Society
Raupp MuseumBuffalo GroveChicago areaLocal history
Reddick MansionOttawaNorthern IllinoisHistoric housePre-Civil War Italianate mansionHomepage
The Renaissance SocietyChicagoChicago areaArtPart of the University of Chicago. Exhibits of contemporary art
Rheinberger MuseumNauvooCentralHistoric houseOperated by the Nauvoo Historical Society in Nauvoo State ParkHomepage
Richard W. Bock Sculpture MuseumGreenvilleSouthernArtPart of Greenville College. Houses collection of bronze and plaster sculptures by Richard BockHomepage
Richland Heritage MuseumOlneySouthernLocal historyHomepage
Ridge Historical SocietyChicagoChicago areaLocal historyExhibits related to Chicago neighborhoods of Beverly Hills, Morgan Park and Washington HeightsHomepage
Riverside MuseumRiversideChicago areaLocal historyOperated by the Riverside Historical CommissionHomepage
Robert R. McCormick MuseumWheatonChicago areaHistoric house1930s historic mansion with biographical exhibits about Robert R. McCormick, publisher of the Chicago Tribune, located at Cantigny
Robie HouseRobie House.jpgChicagoChicago areaHistoric houseDesigned by Frank Lloyd Wright
Robinson-Stewart HouseCarmiSouthernHistoric houseOperated by the White County Historical Society
Rochelle Fire Department MuseumRochelleNorthern IllinoisFirefightingInformation
Rockford Art MuseumRockfordNorthern IllinoisArtAmerican art from the 19th century to presentHomepage
Rock Falls Fire Department MuseumRock FallsNorthern IllinoisFirefightingInformation
Rock Island Arsenal MuseumRock Island Arsenal, Building No. 1, Gillespie Avenue between Terrace Drive & Hedge Lane, Rock Island,( Rock Island County, Illinois).jpgRock IslandQuad CitiesMilitaryHistory of Rock Island Arsenal, Arsenal Island and small arms development
Rock Island Railroad MuseumChillicotheQuad CitiesRailroadOerated by the Chillicothe Historical SocietyHomepage
Rock N Roll McDonald's20070110 Rock & Roll McDonald's (3).JPGChicagoChicago areaFoodRestaurant with McDonald's memorabilia and rock and roll artifacts
Rockton Township Historical Society MuseumRocktonNorthern IllinoisLocal historyAmerican art from the 19th century to presentHomepage
Rolling Meadows Historical MuseumRolling MeadowsChicago areaLocal history1950s period displaysHomepage
Ronald Reagan BirthplaceTampico Il Main St Hist Dist Reagan Birthplace1.jpgTampicoNorthern IllinoisHistoric site
Ronald Reagan Boyhood HomeDixon Il Reagan Boyhood Home2.jpgDixonNorthern IllinoisBiographical
Ronald Reagan Museum at Eureka CollegeEurekaCentralBiographical
Roselle History MuseumRoselleChicago areaLocal historyIncludes local history museum and 1920s period homeHomepage
Rossville Depot Railroad MuseumRossvilleCentralRailroadOperated by the Danville Junction Chapter of the National Railway Historical SocietyHomepage
Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & MuseumPontiacCentralTransportationRoute 66 memorabiliaHomepage, Further information
Russell Military MuseumRussellChicago areaMilitaryTanks, military vehicles, weapons, memorabiliaHomepage
Ryan Round BarnKewaneeQuad CitiesAgricultureLocated in Johnson-Sauk Trail State Park
Savanna Army Depot MuseumSavannaNorthern IllinoisMilitaryInformation
Savanna Historical MuseumSavannaNorthern IllinoisLocal historyInformation
Savanna Train Car MuseumSavannaNorthern IllinoisRailroadHomepage
Schingoethe Center for Native American CulturesAuroraChicago areaNative AmericanPart of Aurora University. Historic and contemporary American Indian cultureHomepage
Schmidt-Burnham Log HouseWinnetkaChicago areaSchoolOperated by the Winnetka Historical SocietyHomepage
Schuyler County Historical Jail Museum & Genealogical CenterRushvilleWesternLocal historyHomepage, Further information
Science Center of Southern IllinoisCarbondaleSouthernScienceHomepage
SciTech Hands On MuseumAuroraChicago areaScienceHomepage
Shabbona-Lee-Rollo Historical MuseumShabbonaNorthern IllinoisLocal historyHomepage
Shea's Gas Station MuseumSpringfieldCentralCommodityGas station and Route 66 memorabilia
Shedd AquariumJohn G Shedd Aquarium Chicago 040724.jpegChicagoChicago areaAquarium
Sheffield MuseumSheffieldNorthern IllinoisLocal historyOperated by the Sheffield Historical SocietyHomepage
Sheldon Peck HomesteadLombardChicago areaHistoric house1840s-1860s period home, operated by the Lombard Historical Society
Shiloh HouseZionChicago areaHistoric houseOperated by the Zion Historical SocietyHomepage
Silvercreek MuseumFreeportNorthern IllinoisHistoryEarly Americana including crockery, dolls, recreated schoolroom and kitchen, art exhibits, quilts, old-fashioned tools and agricultural equipment, engines, vehicles, trainsHomepage
Silver Creek Railroad MuseumFreeportNorthern IllinoisRailroadRailroad cars and memorabiliaHomepage
Skokie Heritage Museum & Log CabinSkokieChicago areaHistoric houseHistoric engine house with fire equipment and original 1847 log cabinHomepage
Slovenian Heritage MuseumJolietChicago areaEthnicOperated by the Slovenian Women's Union of AmericaHomepage
Smart Museum of ArtChicagoChicago areaArtPart of the University of Chicago
Smith Museum of Stained Glass WindowsChicagoChicago areaArtLocated at Navy Pier. Permanent display of over 150 stained glass windows
Sousa Archives and Center for American MusicChampaignChampaign-Urbana Metropolitan AreaMusic
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans CenterWhittingtonSouthernArtSatellite gallery of the Illinois State Museum
Spertus MuseumSpertus1.jpgChicagoChicago areaReligiousJewish culture and history
Spurlock MuseumSpurlock 6.jpgUrbanaChampaign-Urbana Metropolitan AreaAnthropologyPart of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Houses exhibits on the ancient Mediterranean, Africa, Asia, Oceania, Europe, and the Americas
Stacy's Tavern MuseumGlen EllynChicago areaHistoric siteOperated by the Glen Ellyn Historical Society
St. Charles History MuseumSt. CharlesNorthern IllinoisLocal historyOperated by the St. Charles Heritage CenterHomepage
Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society MuseumSterling Il Dillon Home1.jpgSterlingNorthern IllinoisLocal history
Stewart House MuseumMonmouthCentralHistoric houseBirthplace of Kappa Kappa GammaHomepage
Stockdale Soldier Citizen MuseumGalesburgWesternMilitaryInformation
Stockton Heritage MuseumStocktonNorthern IllinoisLocal historyInformation
Stone Mill MuseumSandwichNorthern IllinoisLocal historyInformation
Streatorland Historical MuseumStreatorNorthern IllinoisLocal historyHomepage
Stuka Military MuseumOregonNorthern IllinoisMilitaryInformation
Super MuseumMetropolisSouthernMediaSuperman memorabiliaHomepage
Sustainable Discovery CenterSubletteNorthern IllinoisEnvironmentalSustainable energies, energy consumption, green productsHomepage
Swedish American MuseumChicagoChicago areaCultural
Sycamore Historical Society MuseumSycamoreNorthern IllinoisLocal historyHomepage
Tampico Area Historical MuseumTampicoNorthern IllinoisLocal historyHomepage
Tarble Arts CenterCharlestonCentralArtPart of Eastern Illinois UniversityHomepage
Telegraph MuseumDixonNorthern IllinoisMediaHistory of the newspaper and its role in the history of Dixoninformation
Teutopolis Monastery MuseumTeutopolisCentralReligiousInformation, Further information
Thomson Depot MuseumThomsonNorthern IllinoisRailroadHomepage
Thornton Historical MuseumThorntonChicago areaLocal historyOperated by the Village of Thornton Historical SocietyHomepage
Three Sisters ParkChillicotheQuad CitiesLivingHomepage
Tinker Swiss Cottage MuseumTinker cottage.jpgRockfordNorthern IllinoisHistoric houseVictorian Swiss-style home with decorative arts and furnishings
Trailside MuseumRiver ForestChicago areaNatural historyAlso known as Harold “Hal” Tyrell Trailside MuseumHomepage
Tremont MuseumTremontCentralLocal historyOperated by the Tremont Museum and Historical SocietyHomepage
Trutter MuseumSpringfieldCentralCulturePart of Lincoln Land Community College. Features art, world and cultural itemsHomepage
Ukrainian Institute of Modern ArtChicagoChicago areaArt
Ukrainian National MuseumUkrainian National Museum.JPGChicagoChicago areaCultural
Ulysses S. Grant HomeUSGrantHomeGalena.jpgGalenaNorthern IllinoisHistoric houseHome and museum about President Ulysses S. Grant
Union County MuseumCobdenSouthernLocal historyOperated by the Mendota Museum & Historical SocietyHomepage
Union Depot Railroad MuseumMendotaNorthern IllinoisRailroadOperated by the Mendota Museum & Historical SocietyHomepage
Unity TempleOak ParkChicago areaHistoric siteChurch designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
University Museum, SIUCarbondaleSouthernMultiplePart of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Local and world connections behind the arts, humanities, and sciencesHomepage
U.S. Senator Paul Simon MuseumTroyMetro-EastBiographicalHomepage
Vachel Lindsay HouseSpringfieldCentralHistoric houseBirthplace and home of poet Vachel Lindsay
Vandalia State House State Historic SiteVandaliaSouthernHistoric siteRestored to 1830s period
Vermilion County MuseumDanvilleCentralLocal historyIncludes museum and Fithian HomeHomepage
Vermilion County War MuseumDanvilleCentralMilitaryMemorabilia and artifacts from the American Revolutionary War to the Iraq WarHomepage
Villa Park Historical Society MuseumVillaParkStation.JPGVilla ParkChicago areaLocal historyHoused in a former depot
Vinegar Hill Historic Lead Mine & MuseumGalenaNorthern IllinoisMiningInformation, Further information
Vliet Museum of Lake Bluff HistoryLake BluffChicago areaLocal historyHomepage
Volkening Heritage FarmSchaumburgChicago areaFarm1880s living farm museumHomepage
Volo Auto MuseumVoloChicago areaAutomotiveCars from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s as well as from famous television shows and movies
Wabash County MuseumMt. CarmelSouthernLocal historyHomepage
Wagner FarmGlenviewChicago areaAgricultureHistoric working dairy farm, Wagner Farm Heritage Center with farming exhibits, 1930s grocery storeHomepage
Wagner Memorial MuseumSandwichNorthern IllinoisCommodityMore than 10,000 pieces of various collectiblesInformation
Warren County MuseumRosevilleNorthern IllinoisLocal historyInformation, Further information
Warrenville Historical MuseumWarrenvilleChicago areaLocal historyOperated by the Warrenville Historical SocietyHomepage
Waterman Area Heritage Society MuseumWatermanNorthern IllinoisLocal historyHomepage
Weber House and GardenStreatorNorthern IllinoisHistoric house18th century style storybook house of Ted WeberHomepage
Weld House MuseumNauvooCentralLocal historyOperated by the Nauvoo Historical SocietyHomepage
West Chicago City MuseumWest ChicagoChicago areaLocal historyLocal history and art
West Town Museum of Cultural HistoryMaywoodChicago areaLocal historyIncludes exhibits of African-American culture, Maywood and the Proviso Township areaHomepage
Western Illinois MuseumMacombWesternLocal historyHomepage
Wheeling Historical Society MuseumWheelingChicago areaLocal historyInformation
Wheels O' Time MuseumPeoriaCentralTransportationAntique vehicles, farm equipment, tools, collectiblesHomepage
Wiley House MuseumGalvaNorthern IllinoisHistoric houseOperated by the Galva Historical SocietyHomepage
William and Florence Schmidt Art CenterBellevilleMetro-EastArtPart of Southwestern Illinois College
William Jennings Bryan Boyhood HomeSalemSouthernBiographical
William L. Gregg House MuseumWestmontChicago areaHistoric houseOperated by the Westmont Historical Society
Williamson County Historical Society MuseumMarionSouthernLocal historyHomepage
William Tanner House MuseumAuroraChicago areaHistoric houseAntebellum Italianate-style house, owned and operated by the Aurora Historical Society
Williamsville Historical MuseumWilliamsvilleCentralLocal historyInformation
Wilmette Historical MuseumWilmetteChicago areaLocal historyOperated by the Wilmette Historical SocietyHomepage
Winnetka Historical Society MuseumWinnetkaChicago areaLocal historyHomepage
Winslow Historical Society MuseumWinslowChicago areaLocal historyInformation
WIU Art GalleryMacombWesternArtPart of Western Illinois UniversityHomepage
WIU Geology MuseumMacombWesternNatural historyPart of Western Illinois UniversityHomepage
Wonder WorksOak ParkChicago areaChildren's
Woodlawn FarmJacksonvilleCentralHistoric house1840s house, part of the Underground RailroadHomepage
World Aerospace MuseumQuincyWesternAviationOperated by the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams CountyHomepage
Worth Historical MuseumWorthChicago areaLocal historyOperated by the Worth Park DistrictHomepage
Wyatt Earp BirthplaceMonmouthCentralHistoric houseBirthplace of lawman Wyatt Earp

Defunct museums[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Roadside America report on the museum, closed in 2001
  2. ^ Roadside America Report
  3. ^ Video clips about the museum
  4. ^ "Losing Her Museum",, 2/12/2009