2480 Bushwood Drive
Elgin, IL 60124
Phone: (847) 836-9500
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Arts & Museums
The Elgin region of Illinois is bequeathed with a fine historic site in the form of the distinct Elgin Public Museum of Natural History and Anthropology in Lords Park. It is a small natural history museum which was actively constructed in 1907. It was initially called the Lord Memorial Museum and was opened as the Elgin Audubon Museum in 1920. It swanks of being the oldest museum building in Illinois as such. It is inclusive of an array of exhibits like the Mazon Creek fossils, Native American lifeways, endangered species as well as Ice Age mammals. A visit to this museum is worth it.
The region of Elgin in Illinois is home to the historic Fire Barn 5 which was the fifth official fire barn in Elgin. It initially housed horses along with a fire fighting carriage. It successfully functioned as a fire station till 1991. It is also touted to be one of the finer examples of the Classic Revival style of architecture. At present, it operates as a museum depicting fire fighting history. Shut down on almost all major holidays, the museum can be visited on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4:00p. The charges for touring are minimal with USD2 for adults and USD1 for children. Also, toddlers below five years of age can visit for free.
Fox River Trolley Museum is a museum that is dedicated to the American Electric railroad. It's collection comprises rail trolleys, locomotives and items pertaining to railroad industry. The museum also conducts rides that takes you through scenic and lovely routes.For fares, event updates and other details, please check website.
Garfield Farm and Inn Museum is located in Campton Hills, Kane County, Illinois. This well-preserved farmstead spreads across 380 acres (153 hectares) and is a museum with programs that are educational as well as fun. It is named after architect the Timothy P. Garfield, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 23, 1978.
This Second Empire styled building was built in 1873 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1979. The George Clayson House was the residential home of a local carpenter and orchardist of the same name. Spread across 10 acres (4.04 hectares), it was bought by the Palatine Public Library and is maintained by the Palatine Park District. Today it is a public museum and library focusing on local history. A gem for history lovers, it features countless heirlooms and relics from Palatine’s past.
The West Chicago City Museum is a distinguished museum site, located in the West Chicago region of the U.S. State of Illinois. It was formerly called the Turner Town Hall. Its construction dates back to 1884. The site has been registered on the National Register of Historic Places. The structure elegantly traces the Late Victorian and the Italianate styles of architecture. The building is predominantly a two story structure and is established on a foundation of limestone.
The Batavia Depot Museum, as the name suggests, preserves the history and heritage of the former Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad Depot. Built in 1854, this depot’s preservation is a joint effort between the Batavia Historical Society and the Batavia Parks District, and its operation depends on volunteers from the local community. A visit to this museum will surely enlighten one on the importance of railroads, with a focus on Batavia.
The Lake County Discovery Museum in Wauconda offers a blend of knowledge and information on history, art and popular culture. Established in 1976, it welcomes nearly 45,000 visitors per year. A distinctive feature of the museum is that it explains the history of Lake County in a simple and enjoyable atmosphere. There are enthralling special exhibits organised occasionally to depict the heritage of the region.
The past is, ironically, an essential part of a community’s present and future. It tells us how a particular community has sustained itself against trying times and how it has flourished in times of prosperity. The Arlington Heights Historical Society has preserved this past at the community’s Historical Museum. Comprising five buildings – Muller House, Log Cabin, Coach House, Banta House and the Soda Pop Factory Building – this museum houses artifacts and documents detailing the past of Arlington Heights. Tours are available at specific timings, so do see the website to plan your visit.
The Volo Auto Museum was founded in 1960, and as the name suggests it is dedicated to cars. From Hollywood to vintage, the entire range is on display at this museum. The unique thing about the museum is that it also dabbles in car dealership.
The Midwest Museum of Natural History was formerly the building of Universalist Church. Today this structure has undergone massive changes and now is the Midwest Museum of Natural History with variety of exhibits and other features. Check website for details.
DuPage County Historical Museum is located in DuPage County, Illinois, United States. It is also formerly known as Adams Memorial Library, and is a building designed by Charles Sumner Frost. The building is two stories tall and was built with limestone and Bedford stone trimmings in the Richardsonian Romanesque style. The exterior of the building is ornamented and the interior features oak floors and plaster ceilings. The museum was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 4, 1981.