Museums

Pike County Historical Society Museum

Museum will be closing the last weekend of October 2015 and will reopen the 2nd week of May 2016. During this time, PCHS volunteers will be at the Chamber of Commerce office in the Community Center Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The Pike County Historical Society can be found on Facebook at Pike County Historical Society, Pike County, Illinois.

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The Quincy Museum

The museum offers guided tours through the restored Newcomb-Stillwell House; the 2nd and 3rd floors house exhibits on Quincy and Adams County history, dinosaurs and Native Americans. Admission fee.

Tuesday thru Sunday - 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Call for confirmation of hours.

Center for American Archeology

Enjoy the Center for American Archeology Museum, located in the historic Kamp Store building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. View award-winning exhibits that focus on the prehistory of the lower Illinois River Valley. Check the website for a complete schedule of events including excavation days.

Call to verify hours.

Calhoun County Historical Society

The Historical Society houses a museum in the former drugstore building in Hardin. Displays have been created to feature Calhoun County's unique history. Artifacts include military items, clothing, photos and more!

Tuesday & Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The National Great Rivers Museum

Dedicated to telling the story of the Mississippi River, the museum is located at the Melvin Price Locks & Dam.

Monday thru Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Alton Museum of History & Art

Founded in 1971 to preserve the history and heritage of the community. Exhibits include Robert Wadlow, World's Tallest Man; Alton Art Gallery; Legend of the Piasa Bird; Alton Pioneers & African American History; Lincoln & Civil War History; Alton's Trains & Steamboat Era; Elijah P. Lovejoy (the first shot fired in the Civil War); and more!

Wednesday thru Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
CLOSED Monday & Tuesday

Historic Museum of Torture Devices

Privately-owned collection of historic torture devices features over 50 exhibits.

Saturday & Sunday - 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower

Take a guided tour of the tower that stands 150 ft. above the confluence of the two rivers. View the locations where explorers, including Lewis & Clark, began the journey west. Grounds include amphitheater & the Lewis and Clark Gardens.

Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Hours are seasonal - call to confirm.

Lewis & Clark State Historic Site

The Interpretive Visitor's Center focuses on the Illinois story of Lewis & Clark. The 14,000 sq. ft. facility is the first site on the National Lewis & Clark Heritage Trail. a 55-ft. full-scale replica of the keel boat used by Lewis & Clark anchors the exhibits located in six galleries throughout the center.

Wednesday thru Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
CLOSED Monday & Tuesday

Wood River Refinery History Museum

Located in front of the refinery, four building house exhibit of vehicles, mechanical items, paper, books, glass, labware & more.

Wednesday & Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Governor Duncan Mansion

The Governor Duncan Mansion is a living history museum and was once the home of the fifth-elected governor of Illinois. The mansion houses many of the original family furnishings. Suggested donation.

Memorial Day to Labor Day
Wednesday and Saturday: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.*

*Call for special tours.

Jersey County Historical Society

Focused on collecting, preserving and sharing artifacts, records & family genealogies from Jersey County's past. 3-acre site includes Lone Star School, Cheney Mansion, Union Forest Church and log cabins. There is also a genealogy research center and museum housing a large collection of Native American artifacts.

Call for hours.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum transports you to President Lincoln's world. The 40,000 sq. ft. museum includes galleries, theaters and historic displays including holographic & special effects theaters. You can view a replica of Lincoln's boyhood cabin and a partial reproduction of the 1860s White House. Interactive fun & learning for the whole family. Admission charged.

The Presidential Library contains more than 12 million items from the Illinois State Historical Library as well as an extensive collection of Lincoln artifacts and documents that have been carefully preserved. No admission fee.

Both are designated as Lincoln Sites.

Monday thru Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Air Combat Museum

Newly expanded in 2015. Features a collection of historic aircraft and aviation items.

Monday thru Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Call to confirm)

Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War Museum

The museum contains medals, battle swords, currency, photos, books and documents along with a Union solder's uniform and dresses from the Civil War era.

Monday thru Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday: By Appointment
CLOSED Sunday

Elijah Iles House

Oldest house in Springfield. Contains original siding, interior wood work, flooring, walls and hardware. Elijah Iles was Springfield's first merchant and a friend of Abraham Lincoln. The Springfield Museum is located on the lower level along with a collection of Barringer furniture & accessories. A voluntary donation of $3/person is suggested.

Designated a Lincoln Site.

Tours - April thru October
Wednesday & Saturday: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum

The museum contains many important military items preserving the memory of the Grand Army of the Republic and those who fought to preserve the Union.

Tuesday thru Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
CLOSED Sunday & Monday
CLOSED January, February & National Holidays

Illinois State Fire Museum

The museum is located in the Old Firehouse on the Illinois State fairgrounds which was built in 1938. It houses an 1857 horse-drawn hand pumper and a fully-restored 1939 Diamond T Pumper. It is also home to one of the nation's largest fire department patch collections. Free Admission.

Open to the public by appointment. No appointment needed during the Illinois State Fair.

Korean War National Museum

The Korean War National Museum, also known as the Denis J. Healy Freedom Center, is located in historic downtown Springfield. The legacy and history of the Korean War is preserved through storyboards and artifacts. New artifacts are continually added so each visit will be a new experience. Events include a speaker series. The museum is working to expand its presence in New York City with the building of the Korean War National Museum, Library, and Cultural Center.

Tuesday thru Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Check website for dates and topics of the Speaker Series.

Illinois State Police (ISP) Heritage Foundation Museum

The museum opened on April 1, 2005 and houses exhibits and vehicles owned by the ISP Heritage Foundation. Since then, exhibits have been changed and new ones added - all accomplished through donations and merchandise sales.

Thursday and Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Or by appointment)

Illinois State Military Museum

The museum is dedicated to the legacy of the Illinois militia and the Illinois National Guard. The building, known as the Castle, houses unique artifacts including the wooden target board that President Abraham Lincoln used when test firing the Spencer Rifle in 1863 and the artificial leg of Mexican General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.

Tuesday thru Saturday: 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.