Museums

Immerse in Our History

What better way is there to experience history than witnessing it firsthand? Granted, we’re not about to invent time travel and zap you back into Abraham Lincoln’s time — not yet, anyway — but what we lack in defying the laws of space and time, we make up for in our uncanny ability to preserve and honor the past, ensuring future generations gain a better understanding of who we are and where we came from.

That’s the enduring spirit you’ll experience across the astonishing museums of Jacksonville. Learn about the history of the Underground Railroad and the fight to break the chains of slavery forever. See the relics of the educational institutions that drew some of the nation’s brightest minds to Central Illinois. Witness the industries that brought jobs to local families while shaping a burgeoning nation, from the Eli Bridge Company’s carnival attractions to J. Capps & Sons providing the clothing Buffalo Bill needed for his famous Wild West showcases. These are the stories that have defined life in Jacksonville for generations and continue to influence our bright future.

Jacksonville, IL historic timeline displayed at a museum


David Strawn Art Gallery
Address
331 West College Avenue
Jacksonville, Illinois 62650
Hours
Sunday: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday - Saturday: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Gallery Closed during the summer
Governor Duncan Mansion
Address
4 Duncan Place
Jacksonville, Illinois 62650
Hours
Closed for season.
May Schedule by appointment.
Illinois School for the Deaf Alumni Association Museum
Address
125 Webster Avenue
Jacksonville, Illinois
Hours
Monday - Friday: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday: By appointment only
Closed on Holidays
Jacksonville African American History Museum
Address
859 Grove Street
Jacksonville, Illinois 62650
Hours
Starting May 4 - October 6

Wednesday: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Saturday: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Open all year by appointment.
Jacksonville Area Museum
Address
301 East State Street
Jacksonville, Illinois 62650
Hours
Wednesday & Saturday: 10:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Woodlawn Farm
Listing Title
Address
1463 Gierkie Lane
Jacksonville, Illinois 62650

Donations can be sent to:
PO Box 116
Jacksonville, IL 62651
Hours
Closed for season.
May Schedule by appointment.