Museums, Historic & Educational Sites

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.