Even when you are traveling there is always time for some education with a visit to a local museum. ILLINOISouth has many museums focusing on various topics such as farm history, county history, and classic cars to name a few.
Buckle up and get ready to check out some of our great museums!
Cahokia Mounds is the largest prehistoric Indian city north of Mexico. Visitors can climb Monk’s Mound, tour the Waterways exhibit at the Interpretive Center, and shop for merchandise at the Gift Shop. Enjoy iPod tours as you learn about this civilization. Admission into the museum is free.
The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum in Cahokia is your chance to learn about the history of aviation, see Gus Grissom’s flying suit and check out a collection of TWA artifacts. Visitors can also check out a 1941 bi-plane. The museum is open Friday-Sunday from 10AM to 4PM. Also in Cahokia is the Holy Family Museum. This museum holds cherished artifacts from the church including chalices, missals, vestments, and photos of the Parish and school. It is open by appointment only.
The next location to head to is Spinach Can Collectibles Museum in Chester. This is the home of the official Popeye fan club also features memorabilia dating back to the early 20th century. While in Chester, visitors can also check out the Randolph County Museum and Archives to see local items such as an electric chair, Native American Artifacts, and Kaskaskia manuscripts.
The American Farm Heritage Museum in Greenville is the perfect stop for the farm enthusiast. The museum features farm implements, tools, tractors, and other equipment that dates back 100 years. See how farming has evolved every Saturday from 9AM until 3PM and don’t miss a ride on the Railroad! While you are in Greenville make sure to check out these other great museums including The DeMoulin Museum, Hoiles-Davis Museum, and the Richard W. Bock Sculpture Museum.
While in the central counties, you have to stop at some of the local history museums and first on your list should be the Centralia Historical Society Museum. This museum has been termed “One of the Hidden Gems of the Midwest” because of its collection of agriculture and oil memorabilia, model train layout, and their 1947 mine disaster display. The museum is open Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10AM-4PM.
Olney is home to two great museums that are only open on Sundays. The Carnegie Museum features a collection of books and artifacts from famous Ornithologist Robert Ridway as well as artifacts from oil, military, education, farming and medical industries. The Heritage House is a Victorian Home built in 1874 that features furniture and artifacts from the turn-of-the-century.
Head on up to Cumberland County to check out the Greenup Train Depot and Museum. Visitors can see the importance trains had to this area as well as see the restored living quarters of the 1870 home that the museum calls home. While in Greenup, visitors can also check out the Cumberland County Historical & Genealogical Museum and the Illinois Military Museum.
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