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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.

Edwards County Historical Society Museum (Albion)
This museum is located at the birthplace of Louis Lincoln Emmerson, who was Governor of Il...View Details
212 W. Main St. | Albion, IL 62806 | 618-445-3433
Historic 1859 Edwards County Jail (Albion)
In 2004, the Historical Society began the restoration of the former County Jail to house t...View Details
212 W. Main St. | Albion, IL | 618-445-3433
Emma Kunz House (Belleville)
Considered to be the oldest Greek Revival-style home in Illinois, the house contains antiq...View Details
602 Fulton St. | Belleville, IL 62220 | 618-234-0600
Labor & Industry Museum (Belleville)
The extensive historic collection focuses on the stove, agricultural, stencil, cigar, glas...View Details
123 N. Church St. | Belleville, IL 62220 | 618-222-9430
St. Clair County Historical Society Museum (Belleville)
A Victorian adaptation of a Greek Revival home built in the early 1800s, the museum has fu...View Details
701 E. Washington St. | Belleville, IL 62220 | 618-234-0600
Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum (Cahokia)
Learn about the St. Louis area's storied history of aviation and see Gus Grissom's flight ...View Details
2300 Vector Dr. | Cahokia, IL 62206 | 618-332-3664
Holy Family Museum (Cahokia)
Members of the Parish are proud to display the Parish's most cherished artifacts, includin...View Details
116 Church St. | Cahokia, IL 62206 | 618-337-4548
Clinton County Historical Museum (Carlyle)
Built in the late 1800s as a private home, the museum holds many artifacts from the area, ...View Details
1091 Franklin St. | Carlyle, IL 62231 | 618-594-4015
L. Haas Store Museum (Carmi)
The museum features a rather unique display. Bill Hanna, "The Humane Hangman," is showcase...View Details
215 E. Main St. | Carmi, IL | 618-382-8425
Mary Smith Fay Genealogy Library (Carmi)
This is a great source for local history and searching family archives. Open Tuesday-Frid...View Details
203 N. Church St. | Carmi, IL 62821 | 618-382-8425
One Room Country Schoolhouse (Carmi)
A visit here reminds us that the "latest educational technology" used to be a blackboard a...View Details
Robinson St. | Carmi, IL 62821 | 618-382-7606
Ratcliff Inn Museum (Carmi)
Abraham Lincoln slept here in 1840. The collection features items from the original owner ...View Details
214 E. Main St. | Carmi, IL 62821 | 618-382-8425
Robinson Stewart House (Carmi)
Miss Mary Jane Stewart, granddaughter of a U.S. Senator, donated the house and furnishings...View Details
110 S. Main Cross St. | Carmi, IL 62821 | 618-382-8425
The Matsel Cabin (Carmi)
Learn about 1850s-era log cabins when you visit here. The front room is painted with milk...View Details
Main Cross & Robinson St. | Carmi, IL 62821 | 618-382-8425
Centralia Historical Society Museum (Centralia)
Termed "One of the Hidden Gems of the Midwest", this 3 story former grocery warehouse feat...View Details
240 S. Locust St. | Centralia, IL 62801 | 618-545-0657
Randolph County Museum & Archives (Chester)
See an old electric chair (last used to execute a woman who killed her brother), and many...View Details
1 Taylor St. | Chester, IL 62233 | 618-826-2667
Spinach Can Collectibles Museum (Chester)
This is the home of the official Popeye Fan Club at the 1875 Opera House. See memorabilia ...View Details
1001 State St. | Chester, IL 62233 | 618-826-4567
Collinsville Historical Society Museum (Collinsville)
Local and world history comes alive in this state of the art facility....View Details
406 W. Main St. | Collinsville, IL 62234 | 618-344-1834
Miller-Fiege Home (Columbia)
The 1850s building is a vernacular German cottage with Italianate influences with antiques...View Details
130 S. Main St. | Columbia, IL 62236 | 618-281-7144 ext. 118
Martin/ Boismenue House (East Carondelet)
Built in the 1790's in the French vertical-log style, this is the oldest known residence i...View Details
2110 First St. | East Carondelet, IL 62206 | 618-332-1782
Katherine Dunham Museum (East St. Louis)
The museum displays costumes, photographs, programs, letters, awards and mementos from Mis...View Details
1005 Pennsylvania Ave. | East St. Louis, IL 62201 | 618-874-8560
Madison County Historical Society Museum & Archives (Edwardsville)
The 1836 Weir House is filled with an amazing display of artifacts representing local and ...View Details
715 N. Main St. | Edwardsville, IL 62025 | 618-656-7562
The 1820 Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House (Edwardsville)
This two-story Federal home is the oldest brick building in Madison County. Col. Stephenso...View Details
409 S. Buchanan St. | Edwardsville, IL 62025 | 618-692-1818
Hanna House Museum (Fairfield)
The Museum showcases relics from the 1920s to the present. Featuring several special exhib...View Details
First St. and Center St. | Fairfield, IL 62837
Flora Depot Museum (Flora)
The Depot is located right by the tracks and houses not only the Museum, but a conference ...View Details
223 W. Railroad St. | Flora, IL | 618-662-5646
Glen Carbon Heritage Museum (Glen Carbon)
The museum is housed in a renovated 1914 school building located in the "Old Town" section...View Details
124 School St. | Glen Carbon, IL 62034 | 618-288-7271
Yanda Log Cabin (Glen Carbon)
The ceiling rafters and attic floor are from the original log cabin. By appointment....View Details
151 N. Main St. | Glen Carbon, IL 62034 | 618-288-7271
Old Fire Engine Museum (Granite City)
Antique firefighting equipment and memorabilia are on display....View Details
1411 19th St. | Granite City, IL | 618-931-3723
Old Six Mile Museum in the Emmert- Zippel House (Granite City)
This 158-year-old home has displays of Civil War artifacts, an Indian collection, and 1830...View Details
3279 Maryville Rd | Granite City, IL 62040 | 618-877-1208
Cumberland County Historical & Genealogical Museum (Greenup)
Find exhibits related to the National Road, Abraham Lincoln, county founders and favorite ...View Details
213 W. Cumberland St. | Greenup, IL 62428 | 217-923-9306
Greenup Train Depot & Museum (Greenup)
Who doesn't love trains? Static displays, trains running through model layouts and even a ...View Details
213 W. Cumberland St. | Greenup, IL 62428 | 217-923-9306
Illinois Military Museum (Greenup)
The Carnegie Library has cleverly converted bookshelves into displays of medals, photos, w...View Details
101 N. Mill St. | Greenup, IL 62428 | 618-445-3072
American Farm Heritage Museum (Greenville)
Farm implements, tools, tractors and other equipment dating back 100 years are featured. O...View Details
I-70 at IL 127 | Greenville, IL | 618-664-3050
Hoiles-Davis Museum (Greenville)
Formerly a private residence, this is now home to an extensive collection of Civil War and...View Details
318 W. Winter Ave. | Greenville, IL | 618-664-1590
One Room Schoolhouse Museum (Greenville)
Located at the modern Jr. High School, the building was restored by retired teachers....View Details
1200 Junior High Drive | Greenville, IL | 618-664-9272
Richard W. Bock Sculpture Museum (Greenville)
The museum features hundreds of sculptural pieces by Richard Bock, best known for his work...View Details
Greenville College Campus 315 E. College Ave. | Greenville, IL 62246 | 618-664-6724
The DeMoulin Museum (Greenville)
See lodge initiation devices and related paraphernalia from the early 1900s like the low-d...View Details
110 W. Main P.O. Box 243 | Greenville, IL 62246 | 618-664-4115
Hamel School Log Cabin (Hamel)
Built between 1820 and 1852, the building contains artifacts from that period. By appoint...View Details
Hamel School Park 400 W. State Rt. 140 | Hamel, IL 62046 | 618-633-2484
Louis Latzer Homestead (Highland)
The founder of the Pet Milk Company built this house that was one of the first with electr...View Details
1464 Old Trenton Rd. | Highland, IL | 618-654-7957
Ingram's Pioneer Log Cabin Village (Kinmundy)
16 pre-Civil War furnished cabins are open for self-guided tours. Open April 15-Nov 15....View Details
310 Sycamore St. | Kinmundy, IL 62854 | 217-681-9005
Lawrence County Historical Museum (Lawrenceville)
See displays of historical artifacts of Lawrence County, along with models of the oil fiel...View Details
619 12th St. | Lawrenceville, IL 62439 | 618-943-4317
The Mermaid House (Lebanon)
Charles Dickens stayed here in 1842 while researching his book on American prairies. By a...View Details
114 East St. Louis St. | Lebanon, IL 62254 | 618-537-8420
Clay County Historical Society Museum (Louisville)
The Museum occupies the former Clay County Jail and is listed on the National Register of ...View Details
105 S. Main St. | Louisville, IL 62858 | 618-686-7541
Rock Mill Museum (Maeystown)
The entire village of Maeystown is on the historic register with much of the village histo...View Details
1113 Main St. | Maeystown, IL | 618-458-6660
Marissa Academy Museum and Coal Miners Monument (Marissa)
Memorabilia celebrating the city's growth from a coal-mining town to the present make this...View Details
Marissa Park 610 S. Main St. | Marissa, IL | 618-295-2562
Schneidewind Barn Museum (Marissa)
Hundreds of interesting items are housed in what was formerly a working farm's barn....View Details
1157 Schneidewind Rd. | Marissa, IL 62257 | 618-295-2304
Berger- Kiel Log House (Mascoutah)
Get a glimpse into local life in the 1800's viewing the log house, the Anstedt barn and pe...View Details
931 N. Sixth St. | Mascoutah, IL 62258 | 618-566-9774
Mascoutah Historical Society & Heritage Museum (Mascoutah)
The Museum gathers history from Mascoutah, Engelmann and Shiloh Valley Townships. Harvey ...View Details
306 W. Main St. | Mascoutah, IL 62258 | 618-566-9774
Wabash County Museum (Mt. Carmel)
See rotating exhibits including the Lone Ranger display, the History of Oil, railroads, lo...View Details
320 N. Market St. | Mt. Carmel, IL 62863 | 618-262-8774
Washington County Historical Museum (Nashville)
Built in 1871 as a private residence, this building now holds hundreds of artifacts includ...View Details
326 S. Kaskaskia St. | Nashville, IL 62263 | 618-327-8140
New Athens Historical Society (New Athens)
101 N. Johnson St. | New Athens, IL 62243 | 618-475-3289
Jasper County Museum (Newton)
The Museum, housed together with the Newton Library, was started in 1966 by two druggists,...View Details
100 S. Van Buren St. | Newton, IL 62448 | 618/783-8141
Gateway Classic Cars & Museum (O'Fallon)
See everything from Model T's to Muscle cars and shop the Antique Mall for classic car mod...View Details
1237 Central Park Dr | O'Fallon, IL 62269 | 866-430-2345
O'Fallon Historical Society Museum & Archives (O'Fallon)
Exhibits and research library focusing on O'Fallon area history including native sons, Osc...View Details
101 W. State St. | O'Fallon, IL 62269 | 618-624-8409
Heritage House Museum (Okawville)
The complex includes three properties; Dr. Poos Home & Medical Museum (202 N. Front St); t...View Details
Okawville Tourism | Okawville, IL | 618-243-5694
Carnegie Museum (Olney)
The collection of books and artifacts of World Famous Ornithologist Robert Ridway and arti...View Details
401 E. Main St. | Olney, IL 62450 | 618-392-2868
Heritage House (Olney)
This Victorian Home built in 1874, features complete turn-of-the-century furniture and art...View Details
122 E. Elm St. | Olney, IL 62450 | 618-392-2868
Illinois Rural Heritage Museum (Pinckneyville)
Visitors enjoy exhibits depicting life in rural areas complete with authentic items from t...View Details
187 Fairgrounds Rd. | Pinckneyville, IL | 618-357-8908
Perry County Jail Museum (Pinckneyville)
Built in 1871, the Jail Museum was the city's third jail. The Sheriff and his family lived...View Details
108 W. Jackson St. | Pinckneyville, IL | 618-357-2225
The Creole House (Prairie du Rocher)
The house built in 1800 is an example of a combination of French and American architecture...View Details
Market Street | Prairie du Rocher, IL 62277 | 618-282-2245
Red Bud Area Museum (Red Bud)
The beautiful Opera House, built in 1855 in downtown Red Bud, is the site of the new Red B...View Details
116 E. Market St. | Red Bud, IL 62278 | 618-967-4208
Alfred Brown Museum (Sparta)
A large collection of postcards from the 1904 World's Fair, a drum from the Civil War, old...View Details
132 W. Broadway St. | Sparta, IL | 618-443-6908
Mersinger Pioneer Cabin (Troy)
The cabin is a unique attraction available for viewing and educational programs for studen...View Details
Bud Klaustermeier City Park South Hwy. 162 | Troy, IL 62294 | 618-667-6662
Fayette County Museum (Vandalia)
The museum contains Lincoln-era memorabilia and artifacts of the people living in the coun...View Details
301 W. Main St. | Vandalia, IL 62471 | 618-283-4866
Little Brick House (Vandalia)
The house is filled with china, furniture, engravings and books belonging to settlers duri...View Details
621 St. Clair St. | Vandalia, IL 62471 | 618-283-2728
Veterans Educational Museum (Vandalia)
Items on display are from the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm along ...View Details
321 S. Seventh St. | Vandalia, IL 62471 | 618-283-0832
Bellefontaine House (Waterloo)
Originally the home of Captain James Moore, located along the Kaskaskia Trail, this was th...View Details
309 S. Church St. | Waterloo, IL 62298 | 618-939-5300
History Museum of Monroe County (Waterloo)
Anchored by Col. Edd Kueker's extensive collection of Western memorabilia including a stag...View Details
724 Elaine Dr. | Waterloo, IL 62298 | 618-939-5008
Peterstown House (Waterloo)
Built in 1830, this is the only stagecoach stop still intact along the 60 mile Kaskaskia- ...View Details
275 N Main St. | Waterloo, IL 62298 | 618-939-4222
Rex Museum (Waterloo)
A Lionel train set shares space with British toy soldiers, crystal, porcelain, period furn...View Details
8219 Gall Rd. | Waterloo, IL 62298 | 618-939-7810
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