Western Illinois Museum provides an opportunity for all ages to learn about the history and culture of west central Illinois. Drawing from its collection of over 6,000 artifacts as well as artifacts from the community, the museum mounts three to four thematic exhibitions a year. The museum staff and docents welcomes visits from schools, clubs, and centers.
For each exhibit a number of educational programs are offered for all ages. Visit the Event page for more details or sign up for a monthly newsletter to keep up to date on upcoming programs and events.
The museum staff will work with each group's interests to make the visit more meaningful and educational. To arrange a special tour for your group contact the museum. Advance notice is recommended for groups larger than 15.
Western Illinois Museum is dedicated to teaching local history as a supplement to what is being taught in the classroom. The museum has a number of trained docents who will bring a short lesson to your classroom including artifacts, images, and activities. Contact Sue Scott at the museum to schedule a visit.
Lesson available for 2011:
Radio and Its Impact for grades K - 5. Lesson includes an introduction to the history of radio using four early radios from the museum's collection. A Powerpoint presentation and listening activity is also available.
The museum is in search of high school students who are curious about investigating regional history. The program will build knowledge of museum practices as well as professional skills through a series of six-hour courses. Each course is designed to be completed in four weeks and students can pick from a variety of topics relating to public and oral history.
June 4 - July 27, 2012
The Western Illinois Museum is pleased to offer the Time Travelers Camp. Register your child for this exciting two hour session, one morning a week for the months of June and July. Children entering 2nd through 6th grade are invited to journey back in time to explore key events in history and investigate how they impacted the lives of those in our region. Campers will learn in a fun and engaging environment as they study the museum’s artifacts, visit with guest speakers and participate in hands-on activities.
The Time Travelers Camp will be offered June 4 through July 27 and will be held at the Western Illinois Museum from 9:00 to 11:00 am.
Three sessions will be held each week
Monday: 2nd and 3rd graders
Wednesday: 3rd and 4th graders
Friday: 5th and 6th graders
The museum is pleased to partner with the YMCA of McDonough County. Children enrolled in the YMCA’s day camp can participate in the morning Time Travelers Camp at the museum. Select that option on your child’s YMCA application