Jacksonville Area Museum to open to the public Saturday, September 25
The Jacksonville Area Museum, a new institution showcasing the community’s unique heritage and culture, will officially open to the public at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 25.
The Jacksonville Area Museum will use original artifacts, storytelling exhibits and the building itself, as well as items from the MacMurray College Foundation and Alumni Association collection, to show people of all ages and backgrounds why the Jacksonville community has been and continues to be one of a kind.
The museum is located in the old Post Office building at 301 E. State Street, and its regular schedule following the September 25 grand opening will be Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday each week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The initial exhibits prepared for the September 25 opening will cover institutions, retail businesses, Abraham Lincoln, industry, medicine, sports and recreation, MacMurray College history, and archaeology. An introductory video about the history of Jacksonville will be showcased in the Postmaster’s Office, along with hundreds of unique items from the museum’s collection. New and updated exhibits will be offered periodically to encourage repeat visits. In addition, visitors will experience the atmosphere of the restored, early 20th century Post Office building, including its original oak woodwork and terrazzo and marble floors.
There will be no admission fee but a donation of $5 is suggested to keep the all-volunteer museum operating. All existing Centers for Disease Control and Illinois Department of Public Health protocols will be followed, which means that masks are required for all visitors entering the museum.
Those who have signed up as Jacksonville Area Museum members at www.jacksonvilleareamuseum.org will be offered a special, private museum preview on Wednesday, September 22.
The Jacksonville Area Museum will also host the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street’s “Voices and Votes: Democracy in America” exhibit from November 20 – December 25. “Voices and Votes” examines questions stemming from the leap of faith taken by the American revolutionaries who established a government that entrusted the power of the nation not in a monarchy but in its citizens.