Museums that preserve the history of the region can be found in almost every city and village. It is fascinating to see how local history intersects with national and international events. Many of our communities have ties to Hollywood stars, Presidents, politicians and other significant personages.

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132 W. Broadway St. Sparta IL Randolph

A large collection of postcards from the 1904 World’s Fair, a drum from the Civil War, old uniforms, school and Native American artifacts anchor the collection. By appointment.

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I-70 at IL 127 Greenville IL Bond

Farm implements, tools, tractors and other equipment dating back 100 years are featured. Open Saturdays May- October 9a.m.- 3p.m. or by appointment and for special events.

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309 S. Church St. Waterloo IL 62298 Monroe

Originally the home of Captain James Moore, located along the Kaskaskia Trail, this was the first American settlement in the State of Illinois. Visit the birthplace of Enoch Moore, the James Moore Cemetery, Bellefontaine Spring. Saturday and Sunday 1-5 p.m. or by appointment.

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931 N. Sixth St. Mascoutah IL 62258 St. Clair

Get a glimpse into local life in the 1800’s viewing the log house, the Anstedt barn and period garden. By appointment.

401 E. Main St. Olney IL 62450 Richland

The collection of books and artifacts of World Famous Ornithologist Robert Ridway and artifacts from the oil, military, education, farming and medical industries are showcased here. Sunday afternoons, April to October from 1:30-4pm or by appointment.

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240 S. Locust St. Centralia IL 62801 Marion

Termed “One of the Hidden Gems of the Midwest”, this 3 story former grocery warehouse features a large model train layout, agriculture and oil memorabilia, 1947 mine disaster display plus local “orphan” sports items and more. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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105 S. Main St. Louisville IL 62858 Clay

The Museum occupies the former Clay County Jail and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is open to groups or individuals by appointment.

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1091 Franklin St. Carlyle IL 62231 Clinton

Built in the late 1800s as a private home, the museum holds many artifacts from the area, including genealogical material, books and periodicals on the history of the county. Every Thursday except the first Thursday of the month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and by appointment.

408 South Cross Street, Robinson, Crawford County, IL, United States

Crawford County Historical Society maintains this facility which features local ephemera, historical exhibits, James Jones exhibit, archeological displays, memorabilia, vintage clothing, militaria and more pertaining to early life in Crawford County. Open from 2-4 pm Sundays or by appointment by calling 618-544-3087

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213 W. Cumberland St. Greenup IL 62428 Cumberland

Find exhibits related to the National Road, Abraham Lincoln, county founders and favorite sons, Jerry & Dick VanDyke. There’s also a tribute to veterans in the War Room. Wed. – Sat. 11am – 3:30pm.

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212 W. Main St. Albion IL 62806 Edwards

This museum is located at the birthplace of Louis Lincoln Emmerson, who was Governor of Illinois from 1929-1933. Open by appointment.

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602 Fulton St. Belleville IL 62220 St. Clair

Considered to be the oldest Greek Revival-style home in Illinois, the house contains antiques and memorabilia from the 1800s. By appointment only.

301 W. Main St. Vandalia IL 62471 Fayette

The museum contains Lincoln-era memorabilia and artifacts of the people living in the county. Of special interest is an original paper press from the Capitol and Lincoln’s “froe”.

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223 W. Railroad St. Flora IL Clay

The Depot is located right by the tracks and houses not only the Museum, but a conference room and offices. Search the photos and exhibits for the love story remembered here. Also note the George Rogers Clark statue that greets visitors in the parking lot. Open daily.

1237 Central Park Dr O'Fallon IL 62269 St. Clair

See everything from Model T’s to Muscle cars and shop the Antique Mall for classic car models and memorabilia.

2300 Vector Dr. Cahokia IL 62206 St. Clair

Learn about the St. Louis area’s storied history of aviation and see Gus Grissom’s flight suit, a collection of TWA artifacts, and a 1941 bi-plane.

The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum was founded in 1982 and was originally located at Creve Coeur Airport in St. Louis. Today the museum offers educational programs to foster the spirit of flight in today’s youth and in future generations.

The museum is open 10:00 am until 4:00 pm on Friday through Sunday.
For group information, please call.

213 W. Cumberland St. Greenup IL 62428 Cumberland

Who doesn’t love trains? Static displays, trains running through model layouts and even a train circling the room inches from the ceiling will grab your attention. Thurs. – Sun. 11:30am – 4pm

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Hamel School Park, 400 W. State Rt. 140, Hamel, IL 62046 Madison

Built between 1820 and 1852, the building contains artifacts from that period. By appointment.

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118 South Washington Street, McLeansboro, IL, United States Hamilton County

The museum houses photos and other artifacts detailing the history of the area. Open Monday through Friday 1 – 4 p.m. Second Floor of the McCoy Memorial Library.

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First St. and Center St. Fairfield IL 62837 Wayne

The Museum showcases relics from the 1920s to the present. Featuring several special exhibits including military items from WWII and the Vietnam War, country schools, the Shelton Gang, the Oil Boom, medicine, sports,schools, country store and farming items. Open Saturdays, 10am-2pm, April – October

125 South Court Street, Robinson, Crawford County, IL

This museum is located on the West Side of the Square in Robinson. Enjoy ice cream and sodas from an old-fashioned soda fountain while listening to your favorite oldies on a vintage jukebox. Also available are bulk bags of Heath bars and other Hershey candies. There is a large collection of Heath pictures and other memorabilia displayed for viewing. The museum is open Monday thru Saturday. Visit website for details at

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122 E. Elm St. Olney IL 62450 Richland

This Victorian Home built in 1874, features complete turn-of-the-century furniture and artifacts. Sunday afternoons April to the Sunday before Christmas, 1:30-4pm or by appointment.

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Okawville Tourism Okawville IL Washington

The complex includes three properties; Dr. Poos Home & Medical Museum (202 N. Front St); the Frank Schlosser Home (114 W. Walnut), a turn- of-the-century house, barn, harness shop and commercial laundry; and the Joseph Schlosser Home.

212 W. Main St. Albion IL Edwards

In 2004, the Historical Society began the restoration of the former County Jail to house the society’s library and genealogical collection. Nearby, the Gov. Emmerson Home contains most of their museum collection.

724 Elaine Dr. Waterloo IL 62298 Monroe

Anchored by Col. Edd Kueker’s extensive collection of Western memorabilia including a stagecoach, wagons, bridles, saddles and so much more. The collection also features antiques and historical artifacts donated by county residents.

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318 W. Winter Ave. Greenville IL Bond

Formerly a private residence, this is now home to an extensive collection of Civil War and WWI memorabilia, Indian artifacts, domestic arts and items from local manufacturers.

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116 Church St. Cahokia IL 62206 St. Clair

This museum is located by the oldest church west of the Alleghenies. It holds the most cherished artifacts, including chalices, missals, vestments and photos of the Parish and school. Visitors are welcome to tour the museum and gift shop on days when the Log Church is open for tours or by appointment.

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Fairview Park, Casey, IL Clark County

In 2010, the IASA selected Casey as the permanent home for its Hall of Fame. The museum became a part of the current Casey Softball Hall of Honor. It is home to years of local, state, and Casey-Westfield Lady Warrior’s softball and baseball memorabilia. Open daily 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

101 N. Mill St. Greenup IL 62428 Cumberland

The Carnegie Library has cleverly converted bookshelves into displays of medals, photos, weapons and other memorabilia. Mannequins are outfitted in soldiers’ uniforms from as far back as the Civil War. Open by appointment.

10570 N 150th St, Oblong, Crawford, IL, United States

This museum is located at the west edge of Oblong and is one of only 7 such facilities in the nation. Featured are displays, tools, books, and a full library of petrology related literature, working models and photos unique to oil production in the area. A grouping of oilfield equipment which dates from early 1900, during the boom days of oil discovery in Crawford County, is displayed outside the museum. For more information, call 618-562-4663 or 618-592-3431 or visit

187 Fairgrounds Rd. Pinckneyville IL Perry

Visitors enjoy exhibits depicting life in rural areas complete with authentic items from the period. The highlight of the the museum will be the machinery and equipment displays that will depict the evolution of farm equipment. Call for time and days the Museum is open.

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310 Sycamore St. Kinmundy IL 62854 Marion

16 pre-Civil War furnished cabins are open for self-guided tours. Open April 15-Nov 15.

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100 S. Van Buren St. Newton IL 62448 Jasper

The Museum, housed together with the Newton Library, was started in 1966 by two druggists, Henry and Frank Schackman, who donated the first items. Mon., Wed., Fri. 10am-5pm; Tues.& Thurs. 10am-7pm; Sat 10am-1pm

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1005 Pennsylvania Ave. East St. Louis IL 62201 St. Clair

The museum displays costumes, photographs, programs, letters, awards and mementos from Miss Dunhams career as a dancer, choreographer, teacher, writer and dance company owner. Admission is free and Hours Open by appointment.

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215 E. Main St. Carmi IL White

The museum features a rather unique display. Bill Hanna, “The Humane Hangman,” is showcased with the tools of his trade from an era when criminal sentences were carried out on the gallows. Open by appointment and for special events.

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123 N. Church St. Belleville IL 62220 St. Clair

The extensive historic collection, housed in an 1837 German street house, focuses on the stove, agricultural, stencil, cigar, glass making and manufacturing industries of the 20th century, including an 1895 Harrison Steam Engine. Open Saturday, 10am – 2pm and by appointment.

1100 Lexington Avenue, Lawrenceville, Lawrence County, IL, USA

Limited days and appointment only

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619 12th St. Lawrenceville IL 62439 Lawrence

See displays of historical artifacts of Lawrence County, along with models of the oil field industry. Open Mon – Fri 8:30am-4:30pm

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7400 E 1500th Rd, Martinsville, IL, United States Clark County

Representative of the brick construction of one-room schools in the 1880s, this restored building is typical of the era and the education available at that time. It is located on a spur of the National Road. Open limited Days and Appointment Only.

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334 Historic Route 66 North Litchfield, IL Montgomery County

The retro design of this building, with exterior neon trim and the restored Vic Suhling gas station neon sign, welcomes visitors. Inside, Historic artifacts of Litchfield including the city’s relationship to Route 66, are showcased. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sun. 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. November through March.

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621 St. Clair St. Vandalia IL 62471 Fayette

The house is filled with china, furniture, engravings and books belonging to settlers during the time Abraham Lincoln attended the legislature (1834-1839). Tours by appointment.

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1464 Old Trenton Rd. Highland IL Madison

The founder of the Pet Milk Company built this house that was one of the first with electricity and running water inside. Home to annual festivals celebrating early farm life. Visits are by appointment and during events.

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715 N. Main St. Edwardsville IL 62025 Madison

The 1836 Weir House is filled with an amazing display of artifacts representing local and county history with the recent addition of a historic research library.

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1113 Main St. Maeystown IL Monroe

The entire village of Maeystown is on the historic register with much of the village history preserved in the museum. Thurs.-Sun.

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Village Hall, 212 N. Main St., Marissa, IL 62257, USA

Memorabilia celebrating the city’s growth from a coal-mining town to the present make this an interesting stop. Monday:9am – 12pm, Wednesdays Noon-3pm, Friday: 10am-2pm or by appointment.

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2110 First St. East Carondelet IL 62206 Randolph

Built in the 1790’s in the French vertical-log style, this is the oldest known residence in Illinois. By appointment.

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203 N. Church St. Carmi IL 62821 White

This is a great source for local history and searching family archives. Open Tuesday-Friday 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

306 W. Main St. Mascoutah IL 62258 St. Clair

The Museum gathers history from Mascoutah, Engelmann and Shiloh Valley Townships. Harvey C. Pitt’s mounted waterfowl collection is featured along with dolls, wedding dresses, toys and farm items. Tuesdays 9 a.m.-noon, 1st & 3rd Sundays, 1-4 p.m.

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Bud Klaustermeier City Park, Highway 162, Troy IL 62294 Madison

The cabin is a unique attraction available for viewing and educational programs for students. Open 3rd Sunday of the month April – October, from 1-3 pm or by appointment.

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101 N. Johnson St., New Athens, IL St. Clair County

Experience the history of an early settlement named Athens, which later became the Village of New Athens in about 1866. Open House 3rd Sunday of each month or by appointment.

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101 W. State St. O'Fallon IL 62269 St. Clair

Exhibits and research library focusing on O’Fallon area history including native sons, Oscar-winning actor William Holden and illustrator Bernie Fuchs. Housed in 1904 bank building. Open Wed., Fri.& Sat., 1-4pm and by appointment. Free admission.

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1411 19th St. Granite City IL Madison

Antique firefighting equipment and memorabilia are on display.

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3279 Maryville Rd Granite City IL 62040 Madison

This 158-year-old home has displays of Civil War artifacts, an Indian collection, and 1830’s furnishings.

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Robinson St. Carmi IL 62821 White

A visit here reminds us that the “latest educational technology” used to be a blackboard and piece of chalk and a few textbooks to share. By appointment.

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1200 Junior High Drive Greenville IL Bond

Located at the modern Jr. High School, the building was restored by retired teachers.

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108 W. Jackson St. Pinckneyville IL Perry

Built in 1871, the Jail Museum was the city’s third jail. The Sheriff and his family lived upstairs, and women prisoners were kept in locked rooms. The men were housed downstairs. Today, the building houses the museum collection, including a one-room school, clothing, furniture and other artifacts dating to the 1800s.

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275 N Main St. Waterloo IL Monroe

Built in 1830, this is the only stagecoach stop still intact along the 60 mile Kaskaskia- Cahokia Trail. Saturday and Sunday 1-4 p.m. or by appointment

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1 Taylor St, Chester, Randolph County, IL 62233, USA

See an old electric chair (last used to execute a woman who killed her brother), and many county & Native American artifacts, Kaskaskia manuscripts and Native American artifacts. Located next to the Courthouse and Courtyard of Flags.

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214 E. Main St. Carmi IL 62821 White

Abraham Lincoln slept here in 1840. The collection features items from the original owner such as a bookcase, rope bed, cloak, etc. Other artifacts, plaques and pictures relating to the museum are on display. By appointment and for special events.

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116 E. Market St. Red Bud IL 62278 Randolph

The beautiful Opera House, built in 1855 in downtown Red Bud, is the site of the new Red Bud Area Museum. German settlers came to this part of Illinois around 1820, and the museums mission is to collect, preserve and display exhibits, artifacts and documents that chronicle the citys history and growth. Regular hours are Tuesday Saturday from 10am-4pm, Sunday 1-4pm or by appointment for groups.

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