19 Counties


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.

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.

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.

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406 W. Main St. Collinsville IL 62234 Madison

Local and world history comes alive in this state of the art facility.

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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.

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124 School St. Glen Carbon IL 62034 Madison

The museum is housed in a renovated 1914 school building located in the “Old Town” section of the Village.

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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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