All Museums & History

  • Sinsinawa Mound

    Located on 450 acres of lush woodlands, orchards, vineyards, fields and gardens, Sinsinawa Mound offers an ideal atmosphere for personal reflection, group retreats, corporate focusing or organizational gatherings. Home for the Dominican Sisters, the complex includes historic buildings, chapel, museums, plus a store featuring baked goods, gifts and décor. Sinsinawa read more

  • The Old Blacksmith Shop

    Authentic 1897 blacksmith shop with working forges. Filled with tools and equipment from its 100 year history. Historian on site. The gift shop is well-stocked with Galena-forged items made by our blacksmiths. Come watch the sparks fly at the Old Blacksmith Shop! Open May – October; Friday – Monday; 10 read more

  • Elizabeth History Museum

    Local history exhibits on lead mining; the Apple River Fort; Elizabeth businesses, schools, and veterans. Open on weekends May – October; 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Group Tour/Motorcoach Group Capacity: 45 People Group Reservations Required Open Year-Round for Groups by Appointment

  • Hanover Historical Society

    The museum provides an in-depth look at items related to the history of the village of Hanover. New in 2016! The Larry Bell, Jr. Collection featuring 1,000 Native American artifacts collected over 45 years, 70% which were found at the Wapello Site south of Hanover. Located inside the Hanover Park read more

  • 1876 Banwarth House & Museum

    A fascinating, hands-on experience awaits! Join period interpreters on a 40-minute journey through the fine Victorian home of Charles Banwarth. Step back into 1876, when Grant was President and experience what everyday life was like during America’s centennial year. Group Tour/Motorcoach Group Capacity: 45 People  Group Tour Length: 40 Minutes Group read more

  • Woodbine Glass Museum & Gift Shop

    The glass museum displays 4,020 pieces of hand blown glass, including contemporary and antique works from all countries. Video shows glass blowing. Gift shop. Group Tour Capacity: 20 People Group Tour Length: 45 Minutes Group Reservations Required Group Rates Available Wheelchair Accessible

  • Chicago Great Western Railway Depot Museum

    The Depot museum is located in a former Chicago Great Western Railway station and focuses on the railroads of Northwest Illinois. Thousands of railroad artifacts are displayed in the museum’s collection. Step inside a full-size Milwaukee Road caboose. Numerous N-scale, HO-scale and G-scale model railroads operate inside the museum. Open read more

  • Stockton Heritage Museum

    The Stockton Heritage Museum is a nonprofit organization, whose mission is to collect and preserve the oral, written, and pictorial memoirs and data of the past, relating to Stockton and Northwestern Illinois; to assemble and display artifacts that provide a window into Stockton’s past; to encourage and aid individuals interest in read more

  • The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design

    This satellite facility of an international museum features contemporary art, architecture and photography from around the world. The Historic Fulton Brewery building in Galena house the Center for Administration and Historic Preservation and Historic Urban Research. Open seasonally Friday – Sunday